Rochester jumped out to a first-inning lead and the Buffalo Bisons could never close the gap, dropping a 6-3 decision to the Red Wings at Frontier Field Saturday night.
Early lead: Rochester took a 3-0 lead in the first getting RBI singles from Leonardo Reginatto and Levi Michael and an RBI ground out from J.B. Shuck.
On the board: The Bisons got on the board in the fourth. Michael Saunders tripled then scored on a ground out by Gregorio Petit.
About Saunders: Saunders continues to be a hot hitter for the Herd. In his last 18 games he is hitting .346 (27 for 78) with 12 extra-base hits.
Trouble with control: Brett Oberholtzer was already having a difficult outing when the fifth inning rolled around. After giving up singles to Dan Palka and Nikko Goodrum, the Rochester base runners moved up when Oberholtzer threw a wild pitch. They both scored when Oberholtzer threw his second wild pitch of the at-bat.
Control issues contagious: Rochester starter David Hurlbut ran into his own control issues in the sixth. Christian Lopes had a single, then Hurlbut walked Teoscar Hernandez. Another single by Dwight Smith Jr. loaded the bases. Hurlbut then walked Danny Jansen on a 3-1 pitch, bringing around the Bisons second run of the game.
Inching closer: The Bisons made it a 5-3 game in the seventh when Jason Leblebijian tripled then scored on a sacrifice to right by Jon Berti.
So close to the cycle: Leblebijian went 4 for 4 and was a home run short of the cycle, finishing with two singles, double and triple. He is the third Bison this week to be a hit short of the cycle. On Monday in Pawtucket Danny Jansen was a triple short while Hernandez was also a triple short in Rhode Island on Tuesday.
Up next: The series concludes in Rochester at 1:35 p.m. Sunday. Righty Chris Rowley will get his first start since returning from the Toronto Blue Jays. Rowely made his Major League debut on Aug. 12. In three starts for the Toronto Blue Jays, Rowley went 1-1 with a 4.61 earned run average, allowing seven runs over 13 ∏ innings. Rochester is scheduled to start righty Aaron Slegers.
The Bisons then return to Coca-Cola Field for their final homestand of 2017. They open a four-game series with the Pawtucket Red Sox at 7:05 p.m. Monday. Buffalo is scheduled to start Murphy Smith while the PawSox have listed Kyle Kendrick as their starter.