The conversion of Conor Fisk from relieving back to starting pitching seems to be paying off.
The Buffalo Bisons’ right-hander turned in his second impressive start in a row Tuesday in the Herd’s 11-3 rout of the Toledo Mud Hens before a crowd of 8,591 on Polish Festival Night at Sahlen Field.
Fisk breezed through the first four innings while his teammates were building a 9-0 lead, retiring the first 12 Toledo batters he faced. He ended up leaving the game after six innings with a 9-2 lead having thrown 94 pitches, 66 for strikes. Over the first four Fisk threw only 49 pitches, 37 for strikes.
The 27-year-old Wisconsin native who played in college at Southern Mississippi struck out seven. He’s fanned 17 in his last 11 innings and improved his won-lost record to 5-6, 4-5 as a starter.
The Bisons hit four home runs, including their second grand slam of the season when Andy Burns unloaded an opposite field drive into the bleachers in right field to make it 5-0 in the first inning.
Socrates Brito and Richard Urena hit back-to-back homers to finish Toledo starter Spenser Watkins in the second, and Jordan Patterson hit his 15th after a single by Jonathan Davis to make it 11-2 in the seventh.
Fisk got the call instead of T.J. Zeuch. Right-hander Andrew Sopko is scheduled for Wednesday night’s game but that could change. It doesn’t appear Fisk will start Thursday afternoon’s series finale with the Mud Hens as listed.
First baseman Rowdy Tellez was called back up to Toronto on Tuesday , taking with him his 12-game hitting streak with Buffalo.