It was slightly disappointing when Bobby Korecky allowed an earned run to Rochester in the final inning of Saturday evening’s doubleheader nightcap.
The run did no damage because the Buffalo Bisons still finished with a comfortable 7-3 win.
But it was only the second run scored against Korecky this season.
The reliever was back on point Sunday afternoon, giving up one hit with one strikeout to earn his ninth save of the year in the Herd’s 3-2 win over the Red Wings.
“I’m sticking with what’s working,” Korekcy said. “Rochester is a good hitting team. It’s a good team in general with some guys who have been around. I just try to mix my stuff up a little more when you face guys who kinda get an idea of what you’re doing and kinda cheat toward it.”
Saturday night was “one of those outings where I end up bases loaded, nobody out and you just try to get as many outs as quick as you can,” Korecky said. “Today to come back, the bullpen has been throwing a lot lately. Guys have been stepping up. It’s important not just for the team win, but if they tie that game, we don’t have a lot of arms to throw. It’s some added incentive there. It’s a fun team right now with a good group of guys. We’re just going after it.”
The bullpen is thin for the Herd, as it has been at times in Toronto.
Which is how Korecky ended up with a pair of one-game promotions in the first half of the season.
He pitched for the Blue Jays on May 30 (no hits in 1∑ innings) and June 11 (three runs on four hits with two strike outs in two innings).
“It was just really exciting to be there,” said the 34-year old who has played in the Blue Jays system for the last four years. “I was there both times when they were in need of an arm. As we are down here, they kinda get overworked sometimes. Just giving them whatever they need, just being an asset for the team. Whether I go up for another day, a month, the rest of my career. Who knows what it’s going to be. But if it happens again, just be ready for it.”
The Bisons have quite the rotation in place over the next three days as the homestand continues.
The Herd will close out their series with Rochester tonight (7:05 p.m., TWC, Radio 1520) with Esmil Rogers (1-1, 3.79) getting the start for Buffalo. Rogers was outrighted to the Bisons by the Blue Jays on May 26.
Rogers started 20 games for Toronto last season, going 5-9 with a 4.77 earned run average. He started this season as a reliever for the Blue Jays, making 16 appearances out of the bullpen. He didn’t have a decision to go with his 6.97 ERA.
This will be his third start with the Herd with five relief appearances. He has a 1-1 record with a 3.79 ERA.
Liam Hendriks (6-0, 1.92) is scheduled to start on Tuesday when Columbus opens a four-game series in Buffalo.
Hendriks is returning after a one-game spot start for the Blue Jays. He gave up eight runs, seven earned, in two innings to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday - but got a no-decision after the Blue Jays came back for a 14-9 win.
Top prospect Aaron Sanchez (0-1, 6.00 ERA) looks for his first Triple-A win on Wednesday.
The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup while the Buffalo Bisons were in the middle of an 11-day road trip.
But catcher Mike Nickeas still kept close tabs on his Kings.
“That was incredible,” Nickeas said. “We saw as many games as we could. We were all in the clubhouse watching it and then we found a sports bar to watch both overtimes.”
Nickeas was born in Vancouver but grew up in Los Angeles so his childhood teams were the Kings, Dodgers and Raiders.
Now the clubhouse has turned its attention to another sport – World Cup soccer fever – which provides another opportunity for some clubhouse bonding.
“The U.S. was an incredible game,” Nickeas said of the American’s opening round win. “We were all watching it together and it was just unbelievable when the U.S. scored. It’s a great camaraderie experience. We had a blast. We were jumping up, hugging each other. It was sweet.”