After six losses in a row and losing their most reliable starting pitcher to a big league promotion, the Buffalo Bisons got some positive news Tuesday night in a 3-1 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox before 6,636 at Coca-Cola Field.
Left-hander Ryan Borucki (6-5, 3.27 earned-run average) was called up Toronto and made his major league debut Tuesday night in Houston. There was consolation, though, in another impressive start by Triple-A rookie Sean Reid-Foley (3-2, 4.71). He pitched into the seventh inning and raised his strikeout total to 44 in 35.2 innings as a starter for Buffalo.
And the Bisons may have uncovered a lefty arm in the bullpen. When Reid-Foley left in the sixth, Jake Fishman made his Triple-A debut, striking out Aneury Tavarez to get out of the inning then retired the Sox in order in the eighth. Justin Shafer pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save.
Noteworthy: Fishman, a 30th-round draft choice in 2016, had an 18-2 record as a pitcher at Union College in Schenectady. He’s from Newton, Mass. … The Bisons winning margin was provided by Anthony Alford’s two-run homer in the fifth inning. Pawtucket’s run came on a homer by Deiner Lopez in the fifth.
Point of interest: The win brought the Bisons back to .500 (35-35) and dropped the PawSox to 38-38. … Buffalo left runners on base in the eight innings they batted, 11 in all. … Bisons pitching coach Bob Stanley was off on his vacation. Pat Hentgen, a 20-game winner and Cy Young winner for the Blue Jays in 1996, is filling in.
Next: Chris Rowley (4-4, 3.36) will start for the Herd tonight (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.) against right-hander William Cuvas (5-4, 3.71).