Daily Recap: 7/20
Bisons split double-dip
The Buffalo Bisons split a double header with the Richmond Braves on Sunday. RHP Bryan Bullington got the start in game 1 - his first start with the Herd - and allowed 1 run in 4 innings of work. The only damage he allowed came on a leadoff HR in the second inning by Braves 1B/3B Scott Thorman. RHP JD Martin worked the final 3 scoreless innings to pick up his first AAA win of the season as the Bisons took game 1 by the score of 2-1. Michael Aubrey (2-for-3, 2B) paced the Bisons offense, scoring the first run on a Jordan Brown sac fly in the 4th and driving in the eventual winning run with a 2-out single in the 5th.
David Huff was the tough luck loser in game 2 as the Bisons were shut out by a final score of 1-0. Huff worked 5 innings of 1 run ball allowing only 6 singles and zero walks. He threw an impressive 44 strikes in his 63 pitches whilst striking out 2 Braves and recording 9 ground ball outs. The only run he allowed came on an RBI fielders choice groundout by Braves CF Josh Anderson. RHP Randy Newsom and LHP Rich Rundles each followed with a scoreless frame for the Herd.
The Bisons only mustered 6 hits of their own and left 7 runners on base in the 7 inning game. Jordan Brown (1-for-3) knocked his 22nd double of the season.
Errors doom Aeros late
The Akron Aeros lost 3-1 to the Erie Seawolves to lose the series 3 games to 1 as they scuffle out of the AS Break.
Scott Lewis continued to impress with 6 strong innings, allowing 1 run with 6Ks and no walks. After back-to-back rough starts to end the month of June, Lewis has responded with 4 straight great starts allowing only 3 runs (23IP). Lewis looked to be in line to take a tough luck loss, until Stephen Head stepped up to the plate with 1 out in the 7th and launched his 8th HR of the year against Seawolves reliever Matt Rusch to tie the game at 1.
Tony Sipp (0-2) took the loss for the Aeros, after throwing a scoreless 7th inning, Sipp allowed a 2-out, 2-run HR to Seawolves 1B Ryan Roberson in the 8th inning. Both runs were unearned after Erie SS Shawn Roof reached on Wes Hodges 20th error of the season to start the inning. Sipp has now taken the loss in both his appearances in AA.
LF Matt LaPorta was 1-for-3, CF Trevor Crowe finished 1-for-4 and 3B Wes Hodges also finished 1-for-3.
In other games......
- Lake County lost 7-2 to the Augusta GreenJackets. Ryan Miller's winless streak continues as he fell to 7-5 allowing 4 runs (2 earned) in 4IP. Miller hasn't won since May. RHP Josh Judy spun 2 scoreless innings and RHP Rob Bryson allowed 3 unearned runs over the final 2 frames off just 1 hit, walking 1 and striking out 2. The Captains made 5 errors in the game.
- Mahoning Valley defeated Williamsport 6-1 behind strong pitching by 2008 8th round draft pick LHP Eric Berger (5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K). 2B Isaias Velasquez (3-for-5), SS Lonnie Chisenhall (2-for-5) and CF Juan Valdez (3-for-4) paced the Scrappers 13-hit attack.
- Kinston, DSL Indians and GCL Indians all had a scheduled day off.