Starting off with some housekeeping news, Anthony Gose has been called up to the Blue Jays, replaced in CF by Moises Sierra and on the roster with Ricardo Nanita. Miguel Batista and Clint Everts have been released. Mickey Storey is back in Buffalo, Todd Redmond is off the DL, John Stilson is up from AA, and Thad Weber has been claimed off waivers from the Padres organization.
Onto the recaps.
Claudio Vargas got the start and went 3 IP giving up 7 runs on 7 hits. The Bisons lost 11-6. The big hit against came from Bryan Anderson, who clubbed a 2-run HR in the 3rd. He would add another 2-run HR in the 6th.
Anthony Gose had a decent day, going 1-3 with a walk. He scored 3 times, but struck out twice. The only multi-hit effort came from Andy LaRoche (2-5, 2 RBI). Luis Jimenez added 2 RBI of his own.
Dustin McGowan and Michael Schwimer threw scoreless relief innings. Miguel Batista made his final appearance, and gave up a run.
A bad start from the debuting Todd Redmond put this one in question. He went 3.1 IP giving up 5 runs on 6 hits.
The offense bailed him out though with a 4-run 3rd inning and a 2-run 4th inning. The damage was done on 5 singles in the 3rd. A walk and 3 singles in the 4th brought in 2.
The Herd added 2 in the 7th and 2 in the 8th to put it out of reach.
Multi-hit games from Jim Negrych (3-5, 3 R, 2 RBI), Moises Sierra (3-5, RBI), Luis Jimenez (2-3, 2 R, 3 RBI), Josh Thole (2-4, 2 RBI), and Ryan Langerhans (2-3, HR).
John Stilson made his AAA debut and threw 2 scoreless innings.
Zach Stewart started for the Knights and gave up 7 runs on 11 hits in 5 IP.
Dave Bush started for the Herd and continued his HR prone-ness, with 2 more in 6 IP. He gave up 4 runs on 6 hits to continue his current stretch of not good outings.
Jordan Danks hit 2 HR for the Knights and Lars Anderson added one of his own as the Bisons couldn't get anything going against the Knights pitchers.
The only multi-hit effort came from Mauro Gomez (2-4).
I think it's time to put a fork in Ricky Romero. He actually looked OK until he imploded in the 6th. He walked the first 4 batters in the 6th before he got yanked. His final line was 5 IP with 4 runs on 4 hits and 6 BB.
Dutsin McGowan looked terrible in this one as well, going just a third of an inning and giving up 2 hits and 2 walk to allow 3 runs to score and tie the game.
After going down 1-0 on a walk-wild pitch-single scenario in the top of the 1st, the Bisons came back with 3 highlighted be a RBI triple from Langerhans. The added 1 in the 2nd and 2 in the 3rd on an a LaRoche double. Another RBI double from LaRoche in the 5th would make it 7-1 Buffalo. Then the pitching crumbled.
After Juan Perez allowed 2 more of Romero's runners to score, he left giving up none of his own. McGowan came on in the 7th and had to be bailed out by Thad Weber making his Bisons debut. Weber would allow runs (both McGowan's) to score to tie the game. He went 2.2 giving up 3 hits, 1 BB, and throwing a wild pitch.
Neil Wagner would throw a clean 10th inning and then Andy LaRoche would end it on a single to LF.
Multi-hit games in the 8-7 victory came from Jim Negrych (3-5, 2B), Josh Thole (2-4), Mauro Gomez (3-5), Ryan Langerhans (2-5, 3B), and Andy LaRoche (3-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI).
The series stars follow: