In last night’s pitching duel in Buffalo between the Bisons and Syracuse Chiefs, the Bisons prevailed 1-0.
Chris Schwinden got the start for Buffalo, looking to build off his dominant performance on Wednesday night, when he tossed seven innings and allowed only one run on three hits. Schwinden didn’t dominate last night, but he scattered hits very well. He got into trouble on quite a few occasions, including a bases-loaded jam with one out in the sixth, which he got out of unharmed. Schwinden exited the game after throwing six shutout innings, allowing eight hits and striking out six.
On the other side, the Bisons were also getting shut down. However, they scratched out a run in the sixth inning that ended up being the difference in the game. With one out and Josh Rodriguez on second, Lucas Duda doubled to right field, driving the run in and giving the Bisons a narrow advantage.
It was a battle of the bullpens as the game continued on. Robert Carson came up big with a dominant two-inning performance. Carson allowed only two hits and held the Chiefs scoreless through the eighth. Finally, it was Fernando Cabrera who closed out the ninth with a save for the Bisons, tossing a perfect ninth inning.
Herd Rumblings: The Bisons were actually out-hit last night ten to six, but thanks to timely hitting by Duda, came out of it with a win. Schwinden earned his sixth win of the season, and has been pitching very well lately. Over his last 17.2 innings, he has allowed only two runs. since being called up from Binghamton just over a week ago, Carson has allowed only one earned run over 7.1 innings. Offensive notables last night included Matt den Dekker, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, and Josh Satin, who was 1-for-2 with a walk. Zack Wheeler makes his Triple-A debut tomorrow night for the Bisons. First pitch is at 1:05.