The Buffalo Bisons begin the longest homestand in franchise history at 7:05 tonight (Radio 1520 AM) when they host the Gwinnett Braves at Coca-Cola Field.
The Bisons are home for 16 games in the next 17 days and have never played more than 12 consecutive games at home. The homestand follows a season-long 10-game road trip which ended Tuesday in Rock Hill, S.C. against Charlotte, the final game of a four-game series with the Knights which the Bisons won, 9-3.
The Bisons scored all the runs it needed over the first two innings.
Fred Lewis tripled with one out in the first and scored on a throwing error then Val Pascucci followed with a solo homer. Then with two out. Oswaldo Navarro's single to left scored Matt Tuiasosopo to give the Bisons a 3-1 lead.
In the second, Lewis' double to to left scored Jean Luc Blaquiere before Vinny Rottino's single to left scored Corey Wimberly. The Herd led, 6-1, after Pascucci grounded into a force out to score Lewis.
Lewis was 3-for-6 for the night while Pascucci finished with three RBIs.
Jeurys Familia (4-1) picked up the victory for the Bisons after working five complete innings with one run and seven strikeouts.
ON the home stand, the Herd will play four four-game series against the Braves, Indianapolis, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Columbus.
The four games against Scranton will have the Bisons batting first as the visiting team because they are Scranton "home games," played at Coca-Cola Field as part of the Yankees' stadium reconstruction project. The Bisons will be the visitors in Buffalo again for two games in August.
The Bisons will have played the Braves eight times in 12 games, after winning three of four last week in Georgia.
The homestand finale on May 31 against Columbus is the annual School Kids 10:35 a.m. game and will be televised on MLB Network.
The Bisons also announced on Monday that infielder Zach Lutz was placed on the disabled list with a broken left hamate, and activated outfielder Corey Wimberly off the DL.
Lutz has played 27 games with the Bisons this year and batted .307 with five doubles, three home runs and 13 RBIs.
Tonight, the Bisons' Jeremy Hefner (3-1, 1.77) faces Todd Redmond (2-3, 3.29).