Lehigh Valley home runs in key situations have hurt Buffalo all season. Monday night was no different.
Joey Meneses hit a two-run homer in the first inning and that was all the first-place IronPigs needed in their 2-0 victory over the Herd before 7,121 at Coca-Cola Field.
Lehigh Valley's big boppers, International League Batter of the Week Dylan Cozens and Mitch Walding who hit three home runs and had 10 RBIs in a doubleheader last Saturday, were a combined 0 for 7 in Monday's game. Meneses made up for that, howver with his 18th of the season after Jesmuel Valentin had walked with one out.
Winning pitcher Tom Eshelman (2-9) shut out the Bisons on four hits for seven innings. Hector Neris and Pedro Beato completed it with an of inning shutout ball each.
Points of interest: Lehigh Valley (65-41), which has hit 21 home runs in 14 games against Buffalo this season, owns an 11-3 advantage in the season series with the Bisons. Five of the 10 shutouts against the Herd this season have been by the Iron Pigs, who now are 16 1/2 games in front of Buffalo in the North Division standings of the I.I. ... Thomas Pannone (0-3) was another Bisons starter who suffered either a tough loss or a no-decision. He gave up only four hits and one walk in seven innings. The 24-year-old lefty from Rhode Island has struck out 33 in 32.1 innings in his five starts, but has yielded eight home runs. Pannone walked three, his season's high. He has issued only four total in his starts for Buffalo
Noteworthy: Buffalo had four hits in the first four innings against Eshelman but left four on base. The Bisons put only one runner on base after that, Danny Jansen's leadoff single in the ninth.
Next: Nick Tepesch (1-5, 6.46) will get the start for the Bisons Tuesday night (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m. against lefty Ranger Suarez (1-0, 0.57).