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 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 2/3 shutout innings. He gave up five 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 shut out for the Herd.
MLB Rehab: Jayson Werth played seven innings for Syracuse Monday 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 by a hit by 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 which won the Women’s World Cup this summer.
“The team really did a great job of bonding together for this tournament,” Engen said of one of the keys to the team’s success. “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.”
With the World Cup mission accomplished, the next goal is to create momentum for the National Women’s Soccer League. The Flash play in the NWSL with their home games at Rochester’s Sahlen’s Stadium.
“The thing we’re hoping is the kick that we got from the viewership in the World Cup, we’re hoping that carries over into the NWSL which touches this market and we want to see the kick back and see those stadiums filled,” Engen said. I’ve been telling people there are nine cities across this country with teams in them playing every weekend.”
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. Joel Pineiro (1-1, 4.85) is scheduled to start for the Bisons with Aaron Sanchez scheduled to pitch in relief on his Major League Rehabilitation assignment.