The Buffalo Bisons took advantage of four errors by the Rochester Red Wings, scoring four unearned runs in a 5-2 win at Coca-Cola Field Wednesday afternoon.
The Herd rebounded after being shut out by the Red Wings on Tuesday. With the win, Buffalo improved to 5-1.
"That's what happens when you put the ball in play," Bisons' manager Bobby Meacham said of scoring the unearned runs. "We stressed that all spring long with these guys. We're not going to go down with two strikes. We're going to battle up there with two strikes, especially with two outs to try and put the ball in play. Good things can happen."
Unearned runs: The Bisons took advantage of Rochester miscues in the second to take a 2-0 lead. With one out a fielding error by second baseman Niko Goodrum allowed the bases to be loaded. Another fielding error by Goodrum allowed Chris Coughlan to reach first and Christian Lopes to score from third. Jake Elmore hit into a fielder's choice to score another run.
More unearned runs: The Herd added two more unearned runs in the sixth thanks to an error on third baseman Leonardo Reginatto. With two out and the bases loaded Shane Opitz drove in two runs on a single for a 4-0 lead.
Rochester on the board: The Red Wings scored in the seventh when Reginatto had an RBI single. Rochester cut it to 4-2 on an RBI single from former Bison Matt Hague.
Finally, an earned run: The Herd will take runs however they come, but they finally got an earned run in the seventh when Luke Maile's two-out single scored Jake Elmore for a 5-2 lead.
Good start: Casey Lawrence returned to the Bisons after making two appearances for the Toronto Blue Jays. The righty, who had been named Opening Day starter for the Herd before getting recalled, pitched three scoreless innings giving up three hits with four strikeouts.
Tossed: Rochester hitting coach Chad Allen was thrown out of the game by home plate umpire Nick Lentz in the fifth inning. Allen appeared to be arguing balls and strikes from the dugout.
Roster moves: Outfielder Darrell Ceciliani has been placed on the disabled list after making a diving catch on Sunday. Righty Chris Smith was also placed on the DL with an elbow issue. Meanwhile, Opitz was activated off the disabled list and drove in two runs, going 1 for 4, playing shortstop on Wednesday.
Reliving 1988: It will be a time-machine Friday as the Buffalo Bisons kick off their 30th anniversary season of the downtown ballpark with a rebroadcast of Opening Day 1988. It was the first game played at Coca-Cola Field (nee: Pilot Field). The original broadcast, featuring Pete Weber and John Murphy, will be on ESPN 1520 beginning at 2:30. (The first pitch was at 2:34). The Bisons will also take to social media, including live Tweets of the rebroadcast. Spoiler alert: The Bisons won that game, 1-0, over the Denver Zephyrs.
Counting the stands: The official paid attendance at Coca-Cola Field was 4,350.
Up next: The series and homestand concludes at 1:05 p.m. Thursday. Righty Jarrett Grube (1-0, 3.60) is scheduled to start for the Herd against Rochester righty Jose Berrios (1-0, 0.00). The Bisons then have a three-game road trip to Moosic, Pa., to face Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The team returns to Coca-Cola Field Tuesday, April 18, to open a six-day homestand.