The bite in the air still didn't scream "baseball" but the sunshine sure was a nice change at Coca-Cola Field. So too was the win by the Buffalo Bisons, who earned a 2-0 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox Sunday afternoon.
It was just the second win at home for the Herd this season, although it was only their fifth game played at the downtown ballpark. The win ended a two-game losing skid for Buffalo.
Danny Jansen gave the Bisons a 1-0 lead, leading off the second with a home run to left field. It was his second homer of the season and his fifth RBI.
The Bisons got another run in the fifth. Gift Ngoepe doubled then took third on a single by Jason Leblebijian. After a failed bunt attempt by Roemon Fields (he popped it up, foul, to the first baseman), Dalton Pompey's fly out to left was just deep enough to score Ngoepe from third.
Buffalo had a chance to add to their lead in the sixth when they had the bases loaded with one out, but a check swing from Reese McGuire went right to the shortstop who turned a double play to tend the inning.
Point of interest: Deck McGuire was dealing for the Bisons. The righty made his third start for the Herd and struck out seven of the first 12 batters he faced. He finished with nine strike outs over five scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and issued three walks.
Noteworthy: Before Sunday's game, the Toronto Blue Jays recalled RHP Carols Ramirez. The reliever has appeared in five games for the Bisons with a 6.00 ERA. The Jays optioned second baseman Devon Travis to Buffalo. Other roster moves included the release of infielder Danny Espinosa while outfielder Ian Parmley was activated. ... The Bisons had two steal attempts in the game. Fields was safe at second in the third inning for his third stolen base of the year. Leblebijian was unsuccessful at his attempt in the fifth. ... The Bisons turned a double play in the sixth to end the inning and the first scoring threat by the PawSox. ... Jansen went 2 for 2 and was hit by a pitch. ... It was the first win for the Bisons when they score three or fewer runs.
Up next: The Bisons hit the road to face Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a three-game series. They being at 6:35 p.m. Monday with Chris Rowley (1-1, 2.00) scheduled to start for the Herd against Scranton's Josh Rogers (2-1, 3.00). They return to Coca-Cola Field on Thursday to open a seven-game home stand beginning with four games against Syracuse and three against Rochester.