ROCHESTER – The Buffalo Bisons’ luck against Rochester this season took a decided downturn on Sunday as they dropped a doubleheader by identical 6-1 scores before 5,469 at Frontier Field. The Herd had beaten the Red Wings in six of seven meetings.
In the opener, Rochester used three two-run homers in support of Kris Johnson, who allowed just two hits, one run and a walk to go with five strikeouts over the seven-inning route.
Bisons baserunners reached second base only three times. A.J. Jimenez homered in the top of the seventh for the only Buffalo run.
Bisons starter Deck McGuire was touched for homers by Brad Nelson in the second and sixth innings, along with another by Wilkin Ramirez.
In the nightcap, a six-run first inning and a strong start from Mark Hamburger (1-0) carried the Red Wings. Hamburger scattered five hits over five innings with four strikeouts.
Bisons starter Raul Valdes (3-2) lasted just one inning in what was his third spot start. In facing 10 batters he was bombed for six runs on six hits with a walk and a strikeout. Valdes had defeated the Red Wings in the second game of a June 21 doubleheader. After that, Bisons relievers Mike Zagurski and Ryan Tepera combined for five innings of one-hit ball.
Buffalo scored its only run in the first inning. After Kevin Pillar and Cory Aldridge each had singled, Dan Johnson singled to drive in Pillar. The Herd was looking for more, but a double play ended the threat.
The losses drop the Herd to 46-44 overall and seven games back of first-place Syracuse in the International League’s North Division. The series will continue tonight (7 p.m., Radio 1520 AM) with the Herd expected to send P.J. Walters (2-0, 0.95) to the mound against lefty Sean Gilmartin (1-1, 4.50).