Alec Asher, a 24-year-old right-hander who was promoted from Double-A Reading on Friday, shut out the Buffalo Bisons on one hit for 8.1 innings Saturday night, then surrendered a two-run homer to the Herd’s Andy Burns with two outs.
Edward Mujica came on to get the final out and preserve a 3-2 victory for Asher and the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa.
Buffalo had only one baserunner before the ninth. David Adams lined a single with one out in the third. Asher then retired the next 18 batters until Joe Mier reached on an error by third baseman Taylor Featherston. Jon Berti grounded out to the pitcher for the second out of the inning, but Burns hit his first homer of the season to left-center.
That was all for Asher, who threw 96 pitches, 64 for strikes. He had five strikeouts.
Diamond takes loss: Left-hander Scott Diamond (2-2) took the loss for Buffalo. He gave up single runs in the first, second and sixth innings.
He gave up three hits in the first two innings, including an RBI single by Nick Williams after Featherston doubled with one out in the first. In the second Alfred Marte singled home a run. Featherston walked and came home on a sacrifice fly by Andrew Knaap in the sixth.
Montero stopped: Bisons first baseman Jesus Montero’s 13-game hitting streak was ended by Archer. Montero had averaged .333 (19 for 57) during the streak. Montero was 0 for 3, grounding out three times. He was on deck when Mujica retired Domonic Brown on a fly ball to end the game.
Next: Lefty Wade LeBlanc (2-1, 2.22) is scheduled to get the start for the Bisons Sunday afternoon (Radio 1520, 1:35 p.m.) against right-hander David Buchanan (0-1, 4.58) of the Iron Pigs when the teams wrap up their three-game series.
The Herd returns home for a week’s full of home games, beginning with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Monday.
Counting the House: The Iron Pigs (12-10) announced a paid attendance of 8,905 on a 59-degree night in Eastern Pennsylvania.