Zander Wiel, who hit only seven home runs in 101 games of Double-A ball this season, hit two out Wednesday night in leading the Rochester Red Wings over the skidding Buffalo Bisons, 4-1, at Frontier Field in Rochester. The homers were Wiel’s first in Triple-A ball.
The 25-year-old Wiel, a 6-foot-3, 232-pound first baseman who was drafted out of Vanderbilt by the Minnesota Twins in 2015, hit a solo homer in the first inning to give the Wings the lead. Then he connected with two out in the third to make it 3-0.
Wiel batted .311 for Chattanooga of the Southern League before he was promoted to Rochester this month.
Buffalo’s lone run crossed in the fourth when Richard Urena led off with a triple and scored on a single by Reese McGuire.
Both of the home runs by the right-hand batting Wiel came against left-hander Shawn Morimando (2-5), who was making his third start for Buffalo. Morimando has allowed nine runs and four home runs in 14 innings as the starting pitcher for the Herd.
Points of interest: It was the sixth straight loss for the Bisons (61-72), who now are in a virtual tie with Rochester (62-73) for fourth place in the International League’s North Division. The Herd is only two games in front of last place Syracuse (60-75). The Bisons will complete the season with four games against the Chiefs starting Friday night. … Wednesday’s outcome evened the Thruway Series between the Bisons and Wings at 8-8. Buffalo is now 85-93 all-time at Frontier Field.
Noteworthy: Prized prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Bisons went 0 for 4. … Jonathan Davis had three hits in five trips for the Herd, leadoff singles in the first and third innings and a two-out single in the fourth. The Wings finally got him on a strikeout in the seventh. … The start of the game was delayed until 8:35 p.m. because of a rain storm that passed through the Rochester area. … Gunnar Heidt went 1 for 4 for the Bisons and was 4 for 10 so far in this series. Heidt is batting .305 in 17 games since he was promoted from New Hampshire
Next: The teams will finish their season series tonight (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.) with right-hander Mike Hauschild (1-0, 4.02 ERA) scheduled for the Bisons against right-hander Ryan Eades (0-0, 0.90).