The Buffalo Bisons went into last weekend with a chance for a small consolation – a winning record for the month of August. Now, the Herd’s losing streak has reached five games and the August record is even at 14-14 after the Rochester Red Wings swept a doubleheader from the Herd, 5-4 and 6-4, Tuesday night at Frontier Field in Rochester.
The Wings pushed across a run in the sixth inning on doubles by Juan Graterol and Byron Buxton to win the opener. Kenny Vargas’ two-run double in the third inning put the Wings in front to stay in the nightcap. Alberto Mineo hit a solo home run for the Bisons.
Points of interest: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 1 for 3 as the DH with a walk in the opener before he sat out the second game. Vlad Jr. picked up his 14th RBI with the Bisons when he grounded out in the first inning. Later he lined a single to left to fill the bases in the third but the threat produced just one run. … Buffalo manager Bobby Meacham was ejected for the second time in the last three nights when he got the heave-ho from home plate umpire Adam Beck in the third inning of the nightcap. On Monday night, Meacham was sent to the showers by Ryan Clark after the home plate umpire called a balk. … In the opener, the Bisons left the bases loaded to end the game when Reese McGuire struck out after Richard Urena was intentionally walked with first base open.
Noteworthy: A day after being named the Bisons Most Valuable Player, catcher Danny Jansen made the International League postseason All-Star team. Jansen averaged .275 with 21 doubles, 12 home runs and 58 RBIs in 88 games before he was called up to Toronto. Lehigh Valley’s Gary Jones is Manager of the Year and four of his players were named All-Stars including league MVP Joey Meneses and Most Valuable Pitcher Cole Irvin.
Next: Lefty Shawn Morimando (2-4, 6.68) will start for the Bisons against right-hander Chase De Jong (1-3, 3.81) tonight (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.). ► The teams will wrap up their season series on Thursday night with Mike Hauschild (1-0, 4.02) scheduled for the Herd ◄ .