Bisons Game Notes - Buffalo vs. Rochester (7:05 p.m.)
Buffalo Wings (31-27, 2nd (-2.5), North) vs. Rochester Plates (29-33, T4th (-6.5), North)
Thursday, June 14, 2018 (7:05 p.m.) - Coca-Cola Park
RHP Murphy Smith (0-1, 5.51) vs. LHP Adalberto Mejia (1-2, 3.86)
Radio: ESPN 1520 AM, Sportsnet 590 The FAN, Bisons.com
This evening, the Buffalo Wings take on the Rochester Plates for the first time in a four-game series. Following this series, Buffalo will have a scheduled day off and then head to Pawtucket for a three-day, four-game series.
Last Game: BUF 7 LHV 8
LHP Ryan Borucki made his twelfth start for the Bisons going 7.0IP with 5H, 5R, 4BB, and 4 S0's. This ties his longest outing of the season. In the Herd's loss, INF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and OF Dwight Smith Jr. both hit 2 run homers. The IronPigs scored three in the bottom of the ninth to notch the walk-off win over Buffalo.
Today's Starter: RHP Murphy Smith
RHP Murphy Smith will make his first start of the season. The righty has appeared in 11 games coming from the bullpen pitching 16.1 innings. Smith has surrendered 22H, 14R/10ER, 4HR, 13BB while striking out 14. His last start came in 9/2/17 vSYR going 6.0IP, 4H, 1R/ER, BB, and 5SO.
The Wings and Plates will play a total of 17 times this season. The last time Buffalo played Rochester was 5/25 through 5/28 winning five out of six games, including two doubleheader sweeps against their Thruway Cup rival (5/25 and 5/27). Following this series in Buffalo, the Herd will travel to Frontier Field for a three game series starting on 8/28.
Dwight Smith Jr.
OF Dwight Smith Jr. went 3-4 in yesterday's loss. The outfielder added his second home run of the season in the 7th inning. He also had two singles, a walk, and two runs scored. The lefty is hitting .385 in his last five games for the Herd. Smith Jr. had 2 RBI's yesterday making his total 25 and ranking him third best on the team.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
INF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 2-4 with a home run and a double last night. The infielder collected 2 RBI's and 2 runs scored. Gurriel Jr. is hitting .333 with 4 out of his 5 home runs coming off of left handed pitchers.
C Danny Jansen ranks second in the IL for on base percentage (.417) trailing Yandy Diaz (.429)... He is also ranked sixth in the league with a .309 batting average. He collected a base hit and 2RBIs in the team's loss on Wednesday night at Lehigh Valley.
LHP Tim Mayza re-joined the Bisons roster after a short stint with Toronto and RHP Dusty Isaacs was reassigned to New Hampshire (6/13).
Buffalo is 7-1 in doubleheader games this season with three sweeps...The Herd has outscored opponents 114-82 in the first three innings of games this season...Buffalo has scored their most runs in the third inning this season, with 47. Conversely, they have given up the most in any single inning in the third (40).
Blue Jays Update
Toronto (30-38) lost the final game against Tampa Bay yesterday 1-0. OF Teoscar Hernandez went 1-4 and a walk in yesterday's loss. The team has a scheduled off day on Thursday before welcoming the Washington Nationals for a three-game series at Rogers Centre. RHP Aaron Sanchez will start the opener for Toronto against LHP Gio Gonzalez on Friday (7:07 p.m.).
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