ROCHESTER -- Brett Oberholtzer was the hard-luck guy on the Buffalo Bisons pitching staff through his first nine starts. He record was only 1-4, but his earned-run average was an impressive 2.40.
In less than a week, that's all changed for the worst. Oberholtzer was shelled for 11 hits and six earned runs in only 2.1 innings as the Herd lost to the Rochester Red Wings, 7-0, Monday night in the opener of their three-game series at Frontier Field.
Oberholtzer has allowed 22 hits and 13 earned runs in his last 6.2 innings. His ERA for the season has ballooned to 4.23. He couldn't get out of the third inning Monday night, giving up four runs in the frame. The Wings got to him for four doubles and a single before reliever Chris Rowley got Mitch Garver to ground into a inning-ending double play. Rowley was just promoted from Double-A New Hampshire.
Welcome to Roch: It was the Bisons' first visit to Rochester this season and the Red Wings greeted them rudely. They scored twice in the second, getting four singles including run-producing hits by Zack Granite and former Bison Matt Hague.
Double time: Oberholtzer walked Niko Goodrum to begin the Rochester third. Doubles by ByungHo Park, Tommy Field, John Ryan Murphy, and Granite and a single by J.B. Shuck followed.
Doldrums: The loss was the fifth in a row for the Bisons and 12th in their last 15 games. They have lost seven of their eight road games in June and have dipped to 34-35 after beginning the month six games (28-22) over .500.
More doldrums: After getting shutout, 2-0, in Sunday's rain-shortened game at Coca-Cola Field, the Bisons were blanked on four hits by Rochester starter David Hurlbut and two relievers. The only extra-base hit for the Bisons was a double by Jarrod Saltalamacchia with two out in the second. The Bisons had only one base runner after the third inning.
Up next: Lefty T.J. House will get the start for the Bisons tonight (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.) against right-hander Aaron Siegers of the Wings.