An offensive explosion is rare for the Buffalo Bisons. But when they get rolling, they score in bunches.
The Herd broke out for a 7-0 win over the Syracuse Chiefs at Coca-Cola Field on Monday night.
The Bisons were bolstered by a five-run third inning, featuring another RBI single from the IL leader in hitting, Matt Hague, and a three-run home run from Melky Mesa.
Randy Wolf pitched 7∏ shutout innings. He gave up four hits with a season-best nine strikeouts.
The numbers: It was the most runs the Bisons have scored since a 15-1 win at Rochester July 7. It was the sixth win via shutout for the Herd.
MLB rehab: Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth played seven innings for Syracuse as he continued a rehabilitation stint after having his wrist fractured in a game on May 15.
He singled to left center in his first at-bat, then popped out in foul territory to first baseman Andy Burns in the fourth. In the sixth he hit the ball to deep center, but Dalton Pompey made a spectacular catch to rob him of an extra-base hit.
Booting the ball: The Bisons were aided by three Syracuse errors. Of the Bisons’ seven runs, only five of them were earned.
Berti on base: In his Triple-A debut, infielder Jon Berti got on base four times – once when hit by a pitch, once with a hit, once on an error and once on a fielder’s choice.
First pitch: Whitney Engen of the U.S. Women’s National Team and the WNY Flash threw out the first pitch Monday night. Engen was a reserve defender on the American team that won the Women’s World Cup this summer.
“The team really did a great job of bonding together for this tournament,” Engen said. “We spent a lot of time together. I know those girls better than I know most of my own family members. … I think that helped us going into the tournament. We all have a healthy understanding and respect for one another and we knew what we needed to do in order to get the job done.”
Roster moves: Luke Scott was placed on the disabled list with a groin injury. In 45 games with the Bisons, Scott has driven in 24 runs and hit .246. Jon Berti was promoted from Double-A New Hampshire, his first time in Triple-A since being drafted by Toronto in 2011. In 63 games for the Fisher Cats he hit .263 with 19 stolen bases.
Pitchers of record: Randy Wolf (6-1) took the win. P.J. Walters (4-3) took the loss.
Time of game: 2:34
Paid attendance: 6,730
Records: The Bisons are 48-48. Syracuse is 38-59.
Next up: The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at Coca-Cola Field. Joel Pineiro (1-1, 4.85) is scheduled to start for the Bisons.
Later on in the game, Aaron Sanchez is scheduled to pitch in relief on a major league rehabilitation assignment.