Nick Tepesch has 47 wins and 141 starts on his resume as a pitcher in the minors and big league, but he is having trouble getting victory No. 1 with the Buffalo Bisons.
Tepesch (0-3) suffered tough defeats in two of his first three starts with the Herd this season, but that was not the case in Saturday night’s 8-3 loss to the Syracuse Chiefs at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse. The 29-year-old right-handed pounded the zone early with 33 of his first 44 pitches for strikes but ran into trouble the second time through the Chiefs’ batting order and couldn’t get out of the fourth inning. Syracuse reached him for five runs on five hits and an error.. Only one of the runs was unearned.
Points of interest: Reese McGuire hit his fourth of the season with a man on in the second inning and Gift Ngoepe led off the third with his second of the season to put the Bisons on top 3-1 before the Syracuse uprising in the fourth. In his previous start, Tepesch left with the Herd leading 2-1 after six innings only to have Pawtucket come back to win, 3-2, on a two-run homer by Adam Lind. … Although two of the five hits against him were home runs and he walked five batters in seven innings, Syracuse starter Phillips Valdez (3-4) survived to pick up the win.
Noteworthy: The Chiefs and Bisons will hook up again at Coca-Cola Field July 6-8 after Buffalo’s four-game home-and-home set with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. … Lourdes Gurriel Sr. struck out in his first four plate appearances before grounding out for the final out in the Buffalo nonth. … The Bisons, who have played five or six fewer games than the rest of the IL teams rank 10th in the league with 55 homers in 74 games. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre led the league with 79 in 78 games going into Saturday’s games.
Next: The teams wrap up the three-game series this afternoon (Radio 1520, 1:05 p.m.). Sean Reid-Foleyof the Bisons (3-2, 4.71) will go for his third win in his last four starts against Austin Voth (4-4, 3.78).