Strong defense and timely hits from the likes of Jordan Patterson and Teoscar Hernandez led Buffalo to a 5-0 victory over Rochester at Frontier Field on Tuesday.
It was the Bisons’ first shutout victory of the season. They improve to 17-23 overall while Rochester drops to 15-25.
Shawn Morimando got the start on the mound for Buffalo but finished with a no-decision after four innings. He struck out five and walked five.
Zach Jackson earned his second win of the season in relief. He threw two innings, struck out two, and did not allow a walk or a hit.
Jackson, Kirby Snead and Justin Shafer combined to retire 15 of the last 18 Rochester batters.
Buffalo got on the scoreboard first in the second inning when Hernandez cracked a long sacrifice fly to right field to score Reese McGuire.
A single and a walk put two Rochester players on base with one out in the bottom of the second. However, Tanner English popped out and Nick Gordon struck out to end the Red Wings’ threat.
A similar situation presented itself in the bottom of the third when Zander Wiel drew a walk and Randy Cesar doubled to put runners on second and third with two out.
After a brief mound visit, Tomas Telis grounded out to end the inning.
Cavan Biggio got the Bisons another run in the sixth when he scored on a wild pitch.
The score remained 2-0 for the next two innings before Buffalo cracked it open in the ninth inning.
The series continues today at Frontier Field at 7:05 p.m.