Chris Leroux pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings Tuesday night as the Buffalo Bisons clinched a winning homestand with a 3-0 victory over the Rochester Red Wings in Coca-Cola Field.
Leroux (8-9) carried a one-hitter into the seventh and left the game after giving up a one-out single to Rochester's Adam Brett Walker and a two-out single to Mitch Garver. Aaron Loup relieved to escape that jam and Bo Schultz pitched the final two innings for his second save.
Leroux ended a personal four-game losing streak and a six-start winless streak. He had not won at home since beating Louisville on June 22. The Bisons are 5-3 on their homestand with one game remaining.
Manager Gary Allenson on Leroux, who threw 64 of his 102 pitches for strikes: "It's about command. He worked ahead for the most part against a good-hitting club." The Red Wings entered the game third in the International League in runs (517) and used 19 hits to bludgeon Buffalo, 10-4, here on Monday.
Winner's circle: Leroux tied Scott Diamond for the team lead in victories with eight. He had a 7.67 ERA over his previous six starts. "It's a long season and you go with peaks and valleys," he said. "Hopefully I found something and can end the season on a good note."
Pregame warmup no preview for Leroux: "I was horrible in the bullpen," he said. "But right from the first pitch of the game, I knew I could command my pitches. ... Usually when I'm bad in the bullpen, I'm good in the game. If I'm really good in the pen, I'm like, 'Oh my God, here we go.' "
Offensive output: The Bisons scored in the third on A.J. Jimenez's RBI single, in the sixth on Jesus Montero's RBI double and in the eighth on Matt Dominguez's solo homer, his 16th longball of the season. Jimenez was 2 for 3 and Montero went 2 for 4, pushing his International League -leading hit total on the season to 135 and his average to. 317
Blanking Brigade: It was the Herd's 13th victory by shutout this year, equaling its total of 2015. That's the most since the team set a modern-era mark of 16 shutout wins in 1991.
Double Trouble: The Bisons bounced into two more double plays, pushing their total on the season to 141 and eclipsing the franchise's modern-era mark of 140 set in its return to Triple-A season of 1985. Buffalo leads all of affiliated baseball in double plays.
Mystery Balls: The Herd's annual Mystery Ball Night was again a quick sellout, with the roughly 500 balls selling out within 40 minutes. As in past years, the team opened a "trading station" by the Washington Street gate for fans to swap the autographed baseballs and the first trade was a whopper -- a fan traded a ball signed by Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion for one signed by Maple Leafs center and No. 1 NHL overall pick Auston Matthews, who took batting here during NHL Draft week. Proceeds benefitted the WNY United against Drug & Alcohol Abuse.
No light show: The weekly Tuesday night postgame pyrotechnics show was canceled due to safety concerns with winds approaching 30 mph buffeting the ballpark.
Counting the house: There were 6,493 tickets sold for the game, the smallest count on the homestand coming in the wake of heavy rain during the day and an iffy forecast at night. The Bisons are fifth in per-game average in the 14-team International League at 7,747 tickets sold per opening.
Up next: The stand concludes Wednesday afternoon at 1 with Mike Bolsinger (0-2, 6.75) making his third start for the Herd. Rochester starter Andrew Albers (9-5, 3.51) has had a big bounceback year after going 2-11, 5.70 in 20 games (15 starts) for the Bisons last season. The teams then head down the Thruway for games Thursday and Friday night in Rochester's Frontier Field.