LOUISVILLE — The Buffalo Bisons were held to just five hits in a 6-0 loss to Louisville at Louisville Slugger Field on Saturday night.
The Bats’ Chien-Ming Wang, a former Bison and 19-game winner in the big leagues, pitched eight shutout innings to get the win. It was the fifth time this season the Herd have been shutout.
Only two Bisons baserunners were able to reach second. Brad Glenn had a single in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
Wang used his sinker to keep the Bisons batters at bay. His defense also delivered with three double plays.
Buffalo has been getting good pitching of late as Herd starters had allowed three runs or fewer in their last six starts before Saturday. Over the same six games, Bisons’ starters had a 2.44 ERA in 33 innings.
Saturday’s starter Chad Jenkins pitched three scoreless innings, but Louisville roughed him up in the fourth. Ruben Gotay and Felix Perez led off the fourth inning with back-to-back hits and Gotay came around to score later in the inning to give Louisville a 1-0 lead. After Jenkins allowed a lone run in the fourth, Louisville came out swinging again in the fifth with three-straight hits to start the three-run inning.
For Buffalo, Darin Mastroianni hit a one-out single to center field in the third inning, but Ryan Goins hit a liner to right field and Mastroianni was doubled off of first base. Mastroianni then led off the sixth inning with a single, but Wang forced Goins to ground into a double play. In the seventh, Dan Johnson drew a leadoff walk and Glenn followed with a single to put runners on first and second with no outs. Wang, again, got out of trouble on one pitch, forcing Andy LaRoche to an inning killing double play.
Jenkins was chased after five innings. He threw 55 of his 73 pitches for strikes.
The series concludes tonight at 6. The Bats are expected to send Cincinnati Reds pitcher, Mat Latos, to the mound for rehab start. He is expected to throw 50-60 pitches as he continues to recover from surgeries on his elbow and knee. The Herd counter with Marcus Stroman (2-3, 2.27).