This past weekend kicked off the 2nd series that these 2 teams have played this season. After splitting this series, the Herd move to 5-3 against their state rival (not actually sure if there is a real rivalry).
Saturday's start feature Kyle Gibson carving up the Bisons hitters like some type of meat that you would carve and then eat.
A huge positive coming out of game 1 was the spot start made by Buddy Carlyle in replacement of Justin Germano who was poached by the Blue Jays. Buddy the Elf went 4 innings, striking out 7 and not allowing a run. Clint Everts (coming up from AA New Hampshire) threw 3 innings giving up the lone run in the game and taking the loss.
The offense was over matched by Gibson, only able to get 2 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 7 times against Gibson (11 strikeouts in total).
Game 2 was back to the expected. Edgar Gonzalez was decent in his 5.1 IP, doing just enough to earn the win. The bullpen locked down the win with 3.2 IP of shutout baseball.
Multi-hit games from Anthony Gose (2-4), Moises Sierra (3-4), and Andy LaRoche (2-4) led the way, while Ryan Langerhans added a HR.
Game 3 wasn't much different from game 2, with the small exception of the outcome. Miguel Batista had basically a mirror start of Gonzalez, throwing 5.1 IP and allowing 3 runs. Juan Perez gave up a run in the bottom of the 8th, which was the game winner for the Wings.
The offense was led by multi-hit games from Moises Sierra (2-4), Luis Jimenez (2-4), and Andy LaRoche (2-4). Jimenez had a 2B and a 3B driving in 2 runs.
Today's series finale had David Bush doing what he does. 6 IP and 1 run with 5 K for Bush, cruising to the win. Ramon Ortiz threw 2.2 IP in relief, but got into a little trouble in the 9th, with Neil Wagner coming on for the bail-out save.
The offensive leader for the Herd was Josh Thole, who went 4-4 with a HR and 2 RBI. Other multi-hit efforts came from Luis Jimenez (2-4) and Ryan Goins (2-4). Mauro Gomez added his 2nd stolen base of the season.
The Bisons finish out the month 17-7 and in 1st place in their division. They have been a really impressive 11-3 on the road.
The Herd feature the top 2 hitters in the league in Jim Negrych and Luis Jimenez.
Negrych is hitting .429/.486/.683 with 8 2B, 1 3B, and 2 HR.
Jimenez is hitting .373/.440/.653 with 4 2B, 1 3B, and 5 HR.
They also have Ryan Langerhans. Moises Sierra and Mauro Gomez who are certainly doing their part.
Langerhans is hitting .298/.412/.579 with 2 2B, 1 3B, and 4 HR.
Sierra is hitting .389/.430/.542 with 6 2B, 1 3B, and 1 HR.
Gomez is hitting .281/.414/.614 with 5 2B, 1 3B, and 4 HR.
Eugenio Velez and Josh Thole have also been excellent, while Anthony Gose and Andy LaRoche have been solid.
Velez is hitting .310/.394/.517 with 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, and 4 SB.
Thole is hitting .379/.438/.569 with 3 2B, 1 3B, and 2 HR.
Gose is hitting .250/.370/.345 with 3 2B, 1 3B, and 1 HR.
LaRoche is hitting .273/.326/.442 with 1 2B and 4 HR.
It would be nice to see Gose start dominating games. He's walking a lot, but is getting thrown out on the bases way too much. He has 3 steals, but has been thrown out 4 times and picked off twice.
On the pitching side, Dave Bush has been straight dealing so far. In 4 starts, Bush has thrown 22.1 innings with a 1.61 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. He also has a 17-4 K-BB ratio. Claudio Vargas is right behind him with a 2.35 ERA in 23 IP.
Neil Wagner is 3rd in the IL with 7 saves (1 behind the leaders) with a 1.93 ERA ans 1.18 WHIP. He has 14 K in 9.1 IP.
As far as team stats go, the Bisons are domination the IL so far. They have a .305/.380/.480 slash line as a team. They lead the league in HR with 27 (2 ahead of 2nd) and have struck out 26 times less than the next lowest team.
Next up for the Bisons are the Louisville Bats, the AAAffiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. Billy Hamilton rolls into town and hopefully isn't on base enough for him to show why he is one of the most exciting players in the Minor Leagues.