The Buffalo Bisons dropped the opener of their three-game series with the Rochester Red Wings, 10-4, at Coca-Cola Field Monday night.
The Red Wings are now 9-6 against the Herd this season and hold a 4 1/2 game lead over the Bisons in the Thruway Cup standings.
Giving up runs: The 10 runs scored by Rochester were the most by an opponent since the Herd dropped an 11-8 decision against Norfolk on July 18.
Hit parade: The combined 30 hits (19 for Rochester, 11 for Buffalo) tied for the most in a Bisons game this year. Both Buffalo and Norfolk had 15 hits in that July 18 game.
Trouble in the first: The Rochester Red Wings scored early and often taking a 3-0 lead in the first. A single and a hit batter from Scott Diamond put two runners on and a single from Reynaldo Rodriguez, coupled with an error from Ezequiel Carrera in left, allowed a run to score. A sacrifice fly from Daniel Palka and a hit from Mitch Garver added two more.
Trouble in the third: The Red Wings opened the inning with a single and a double from Wilfredo Tovar and Rodriguez setting up a three-run home run by Adam Brett Walker.
Scott Diamond: It was an unusually poor performance for the Bisons' starter who had pitched eight shutout innings in his last start. Diamond gave up seven runs on 12 hits with seven strike outs. "Scotty was not his A game today," manager Gary Allenson said. "His curve ball wasn’t very sharp. He had a good curve ball last time around and kept the ball down and hit the outside corner pretty good five days ago and that just wasn’t happening."
On the board: Matt Dominguez hit his 15th home run in the fourth to cut the lead to 6-1.
More Dominguez: The third baseman went 3 for 5 and drove in three runs.
Chipping away: Dominguez had a two-run single in the seventh to cut Rochester's lead to 9-3. The Herd got another run in the eighth when Casey Kotchman had an RBI single but a a double play helped the Red Wings end the rally.
The long ball: The Red Wings got home runs from Walker and Palka continuing their season-long trend. Rochester ranks second in the International League with 110 home runs.
Double play count: The Bisons hit into two double plays -- Chris Colabello in the second and Andy Burns in the eighth. That makes 139 times the Bisons have hit into a double play this season. That's the most in affiliated baseball.
Counting the house: There were 7,106 at Coca-Cola Field Monday night.
Up next: The Herd continues the series with a 7:05 p.m. game. Righty Chris Leroux (7-9, 4.52) is scheduled to start for the Bisons while Rochester is scheduled to start lefty Nick Greenwood (4-2, 3.40). The series and homestand concludes on Wednesday with righty Mike Bolsinger (0-2, 6.75) scheduled for the Herd against former Bison Andrew Albers.