The Buffalo Bisons left 13 runners on base Saturday, but it didn’t come back to hurt them.
The Herd was able to squeak out a 2-1 win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on a picture-perfect day at Coca-Cola Field. The Bisons’ first one-run game of the season produced their fifth straight victory.
The Bisons have now defeated the IronPigs seven straight times at home, and are 24-11 in their last 35 games against their International League North rivals.
Big blast: The decisive run for Buffalo came in the sixth inning, on a solo home run to right field by first baseman Chris Colabello. The Bisons’ No. 3 hitter got a hanging breaking ball from IronPigs reliever Seth Rosin, sending it out for his second home run of the season.
Thief: Bisons leadoff hitter Ezequiel Carrera swiped third base in the first inning for his second steal of the season. It was also the 300th steal of his professional career. Carrera led the International League with 43 steals a season ago with Toledo.
Big improvement: Bisons starter Chad Jenkins didn’t get the win, but put in a much better performance Saturday in his second start of the season. Jenkins was roughed up for eight runs in the third inning of a 9-6 loss against Pawtucket on Monday. He brought a 13.50 earned-run average into the game Saturday, but lowered that to 5.87 for the season by the time he departed. Jenkins went five innings, allowing two hits and one earned run, striking out three and not issuing any walks.
Mound men: Bisons pitchers have now allowed runs in just six of their last 67 innings.
Wild thing: IronPigs starter Paul Clemens was all over the place Saturday. He lasted just three innings, walking seven batters in that time. Despite that, he escaped serious trouble by allowing just one run. Clemens threw 74 pitches, with a final line of three innings, two hits, one earned run, seven walks and three strikeouts.
Not even close: Clemens’ numerous free passes didn’t come close to setting a record against the Bisons. Ottawa’s Joe Gannon gave up a mind-blowing 12 walks, part of 16 as a team, to Herd batters on April 23, 2004 in an 11-5 Buffalo win.
What a stab: Bisons shortstop Munenori Kawasaki flashed some leather in the sixth inning, diving to his left to rob IronPigs right fielder Domonic Brown of a base hit. Brown, on a rehab assignment from the Philadelphia Phillies, finished the game 0 for 4 in his first appearance with the IronPigs.
Pitchers of record: Ryan Tepera earned the win in relief for the Herd to improve to 1-0 on the season. Rosin (0-1) took the loss for the IronPigs.
Time of game: 2:38.
Paid attendance: 5,341.
Records: Bisons 6-3; Lehigh Valley 3-7.
Next up: The Bisons will end their seven-game homestand at 1:05 p.m. Sunday against Lehigh Valley. Right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx is scheduled to make his first start of the season against the IronPigs’ Joely Rodriguez (0-1, 6.00 ERA). Kids are invited to run the bases after the game.