A disastrous first inning for starter Jacob Waguespack hobbled the Buffalo Bisons as they fell to Rochester, 4-0, Wednesday night at Frontier Field.
Waguespack (2-6) was pulled after only two outs in the bottom of the first. By the time he was relieved by Conor Fisk, he had thrown 41 pitches, given up three runs and had walked the bases loaded.
Fisk got the Bisons out of the jam, and the bullpen limited the Red Wings (16-25) to only one more run on eight hits, but Buffalo’s bats weren’t able to get going for most of the night.
The Bisons managed just three hits, a double by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in the first, a single by Teoscar Hernandez in the eighth and a triple by Andy Burns in the ninth.
Kohl Stewart was one of the reasons Buffalo couldn’t get on base. He pitched five strong innings, allowed only one hit, walked three and rang up four.
The Bisons’ best chance to do damage came in the first inning, when Gurriel Jr. doubled and Cavan Biggio and Burns walked to load the bases with two outs.
Reese McGuire struck out on three straight pitches to end the Bisons’ scoring chance.
Buffalo also committed two errors, a fielding error by Fisk in the fourth and a misfire by Hernandez in the fifth that allowed Rochester’s Drew Maggie a double instead of a single.
The loss was Buffalo’s second shutout of the season, the first a 2-0 defeat by Syracuse on April 23. It came one night after the Bisons got their first shutout victory of the season.
It could have been worse. Rochester stranded 13 runners on base, eight of whom were walked. Luckily for the Bisons, several of those runners got on base with two outs.
The Series will conclude Thursday at 11:05 a.m. at Frontier Field in Rochester. After that, Buffalo will travel to Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa., to begin a four-game series with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Friday.