Ricky Romero got the start and it was not pretty. Romero needs to be shut down, sent as far down as he can go, and regroup. This one was almost over after 1. The 1st inning went something like this:
Bourgois ground out. Guyer to 2nd base.
Myers HR. 2-0.
Fontenot single. 3-0.
Beckham sacfrice fly. 4-0.
Guyer walk. 5-0.
Chad Beck substitution for Romero.
Bourgois single. 6-0.
Myers double. 9-0.
Anderson ground out.
Romero's final line for the day was 2/3 IP, 5 hits, 8 ER, 3 BB, 1 HR. Terrible.
Romero, presumably issuing a walk
of a really hard hit ball.
Chad Beck tried to salvage this game by giving the Bisons 3.1 IP with 2 ER. Following Beck were Dustin McGowan and John Stilson, each going 2 IP. McGowan gave up a run, and both had 3 K.
The Herd tried clawing back, with a 3-run double from Sierra and a 2-run HR from Gomez. Gomez added a 2nd 2-run HR from Gomez in the 7th to make it 11-7, which is how it ended.
Mauro Gomez was the only multi-hit performer, going 2-4 with 2 HR and 4 RBI. Eugenio Velez went 1-3 with 2 walks and 2 SB.
Wil Myers went 2-5 with a HR, a double, and 5 RBI. Brandon Guyer went 2-3 with 2 walks and 2 RBI.
Game 2: Bulls 9, Bisons 8
Justin Germano got the start and continued his consistent performance. The problem is that he has been consistently awful. He went 7 innings, giving up 6 runs on 11 hits, including a HR. He didn't get the loss, though as the Bisons offense was on point. Michael Schwimer came in a walked the only batter he faced, and Buddy Carlyle proceeded to give up a 2-run HR in the 9th, and Bobby Korecky allowed a Carlyle runner to score to give the Bulls the walk-off.
As for the offense, the multi-hit efforts came from Mike McCoy (2-4, BB, RBI, 2 R, 2B, 0-1 SB), Eugenio Velez (2-4, BB, RBI), Ricardo Nanita (2-5, 2B, RBI), and Ryan Langerhans (2-4, HR). Moises Sierra added a HR, his 5th of the season.
For the Bulls, Belnome went 3-3 with 2 walks bringing his batting average to .349. Wil Myers went 2-4 with 2 HR and 4 RBI.
Game 3: Bulls 10, Bisons 2
Joel Carreno will be coming up from New Hampshire to join the Bisons. It could be a short stay if he keeps mowing people down.
Onto the game. This one was forgettable, as the Bisons only managed 3 hits on the night, including an inside-the-park HR from Ryan Goins.
Claudio Vargas got the start and was bad. 4.1 IP, 10 hits, 6 runs. He gets the loss and moves to 3-5 on the season with a 5.87 ERA. Mickey Storey was great in his 2.2 IP, with just 1 hits allowed and 4 K. Bobby Korecky got rocked to the tune of 4 runs in 1 inning.
Game 4: Bulls 7, Bisons 2
Josh Johnson got the nod in his 2nd and final Buffalo rehab start. I'm not so sure it's a good thing that he will be back soon. JJ went 4.2 IP, giving up 6 runs on 8 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 3. Ched Beck came on and pitched 1.1 IP alolowing a hit and a walk. Dustin McGowan pitched the final 2 innings, allowing a HR, but striking out 4.
On offense, multi-hit games from Mauro Gomez (2-4, HR), Andy LaRoche (2-4), and Ryan Langerhans (2-4, 2B) were not enough to take down the Bulls. Jim Negrych made his return to the lineup and went 0-4 with a walk, but was caught stealing.
The 3 stars for the series:
McGowan pitched in 2 games, throwing 4 IP with 7 K. He allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks.
Moises Sierra went 4-15 with a .389 OBP in the series. He added a HR, 3B, and a SB.
Mauro Gomez was 4-16 in the series with 3 HR and 5 RBI.