Bisons Grounded by Pivetta, IPigs in 7-2 Defeat
The Bisons got the start they wanted, but the IronPigs kept their attack going to defeat the Herd, 7-2, on Friday night at Sahlen Field. Lehigh Valley's Damek Tomscha homered and righty Nick Pivetta threw six solid innings to hand Buffalo just their second defeat this homestand.
For the fifth time in their last six games, the Bisons scored a pair of runs in the first inning to take an early lead. Jordan Patterson and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. both drew walks after leadoff man, Jonathan Davis, lined a single to center on the first pitch Pivetta threw. Cavan Biggio then picked up his 19th RBI on the season when he grounded out to first base. Richard Urena followed with a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield and the Herd had themselves a 2-0 lead.
But Pivetta settled in nicely after that for Lehigh Valley. After picking up 14 strikeouts on Sunday against the Herd, he retired 15 of 17 batters after the Gurriel Jr. walk. He only picked up four strikeouts in the win, but prevented the Bisons from advancing a runner to third over the rest of his six-inning outing.
That gave the top-hitting offense in the International League the time to rally past the Bisons. Dylan Cozens snapped an 0-for-16 slump with an RBI single in the third and scored on the first of three singles from designated hitter Deivy Grullon.
The IronPigs pulled ahead in the fourth on a bases loaded groundout and took a 5-2 lead thanks to RBI hits from Grullon and Malquin Canelo in the sixth. Tomscha then hit a laser two-run homer just inside the left field foul pole in the seventh to put the game out of reach for Lehigh Valley.
The IronPigs outhit the Bisons 13-5 in the game and had runners on base in all nine innings of the contest.
The loss for Buffalo went to Jacob Waguespack, who allowed three runs on six hits and five walks over five innings. He's now 2-3 on the season.
Game two of the three game series is Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Gates open at 12:00 p.m. as the Bisons will hand out free jersey mouse pads to the first 2,000 fans in attendance, compliments of GBUAHN.
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