ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Matt Harvey's first two outings for the Buffalo Bisons resulted in a loss, a no-decision and a 5.79 earned-run average. His last two? Two wins, a 2.08 ERA, 15 strikeouts and mound work that backs up all the hype that made him the New York Mets' No. 1 draft pick in 2010.
Harvey posted his second straight dominant outing by tossing seven shutout innings Wednesday, and even helped the offense with a two-run homer as the Herd closed their road trip by crunching the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 12-1, in the finale of a three-game series at Coca-Cola Park.
Coming off a 10-strikeout outing in his previous start Friday at Syracuse, Harvey (2-1) was again sharp right from the outset of the 10:35 a.m. game. He retired the first 12 men he faced before Hector Luna reached on an infield single leading off the fifth. Harvey allowed four hits and no walks while striking out five, and threw 66 of his 90 pitches for strikes.
Josh Satin led a 14-hit Buffalo attack by going 4 for 5, falling a triple short of the cycle, and driving in three runs. Val Pascucci went 3 for 5, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.
The Bisons took charge with a four-run second that was capped by Omar Quintanilla's two-run homer, his first of the season. Satin belted a two-run shot in the third and Harvey went deep in the fifth for the second home run by a Buffalo pitcher in three days. Until Dylan Owen connected Monday, the Bisons had not had a pitcher homer since John Hope in 1994. Lucas May added a solo shot in the seventh.
The Bisons equaled their season-highs in runs and homers (4), both set previously in the 12-3 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the home opener on April 11. On Wednesday, the New York Mets signed infielder Brad Emaus and outfielder Fred Lewis to minor league contracts and assigned both to the Bisons.
Emaus, 26, batted. .313 for Triple-A Colorado Springs last season. Lewis, 31, went to spring training this season with Cleveland and hit .200 (3-15) in nine games. He is a career .267 in 517 games at the major league level.
The Bisons went 4-2 on their road trip and are off today. They open an eight-game homestand Friday night at 6 against Rochester.