Drew Hutchison keeps accumulating quality starts and the Buffalo Bisons keep on winning.
Hutchison (6-3), the Herd’s 25-year-old right-hander,, turned in his fourth straight quality start, pitching shutout ball for six innings, and won his fourth in a row as Buffalo ran its winning streak to eight games, 6-0, over the Louisville Bats Tuesday night at Louisville Slugger Field.
Hutchison has gone six innings in each of his last four starts, striking out 29 over the 24 innings. He allowed just a pair of singles and two walks Tuesday night while striking out five. He has 97 Ks on the season, second in the International League. Hutchison’s earned-run average dropped to 2.78.
Going for nine: Last time Buffalo won eight in a row was during a nine-win stretch in April 2013. The Bisons are 18-9 in June, a .667 pace. It’s their best June since they were 20-8 in 2004.
Burns, baby, burns: For the third game in a row Andy Burns drove in the go-ahead run in a victory when his single in the third scored Melky Mesa, who had doubled after two were out. In the fifth, Burns doubled to drive home Mesa and Darrell Cecilliani to make it 3-0, again after two were out. The Herd tacked on single runs in the sixth and eighth before Jesus Montero hit his ninth home with the bases empty in the ninth.
Flawless relief: Left-handers Franklin Morales and Brett Cecil, each down from Toronto on rehab, pitched scoreless ball in the seventh and eighth respectively and Chad Girodo put the Bats down in order in the ninth.
Two more DPs: The Bisons now have recorded 13 double plays in the last five games. One on Tuesday came when center fielder Mesa snagged a line drive by Brandon Howard and doubled Steve Selsky off first.
Next up: Having already won the season series from the Bats, 5-1, the Bisons go for their second 3-0 sweep in a row of a road series Wednesday night with left-hander Scott Diamond (5-7, 3.56) getting the start against right-hander Keyvius Sampson (2-3, 2.06) of the Bats (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.). The Bisons start a four-game home series with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday night.