In game 1 of a 7 inning double header, Ricky Romero got the start and was excellent. He tossed 6 innings of 2 hit ball. He walked and struck out 3 batters. He left with the game tied at 0 only for Brad Lincoln to allow a run to score.
With 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th, Xander Bogaerts hit a single, stole 2nd base, and scored on an Alex Hassan single to win the game.
The Bisons had 1 hit, a Mike McCoy single. They added only a walk (Ryan Goins) and 2 hit batters (Moises Sierra and Mike Nickeas).
Newly promoted top prospect Xander Bogaerts was a key factor in the Paw Sox win in game 2 of the double header. He hit a 2-run HR in the 4th inning to put the Sox up 2-0.
Justin Germano got the start for the Bisons and threw 5 innings just allowing the 2 runs off the bat of Bogaerts. He left the game up 7-2 after the Bisons exploded for 7 runs in the 6th inning.
The explosive 6th inning went like this:
Gose walk, Goins double, Gomez single which scored both runners. 2-2. Jimenez fly out, Sierra walk, Negrych single to score Gomez. 3-2. Velez walk, Nanita single scoring Sierra. 4-2. Ochinko walk. 5-2. Gose strike out, Goins single scoring Velez and Nanita. 7-2. Gomez strike out.
The wheels fell off in the bottom of 7 with the big blow being a Bryce Brentz 3-run HR. A walk and a double tied the game and sent this one into extra innings.
In the bottom of 9, Jeremy Hazelbaker (who hit the game tying double in the 7th) singled in the game winning run.
Multi-hit games from Ryan Goins (2-5, 2B) and Mauro Gomez (2-5). Ricardo Nanita had a hit, 2 walks, and a SB.
Thad Weber got the start for Buffalo and was amazing. He threw 7 no-hit innings and left the game up 2-0. He struck out 8 batters and walked just 1.
The offense did just enough, scoring 2 runs, to get the win.
Eugenio Velez hit a 2nd inning HR, and scored on an error after stealing 3rd base in the 4th.
Buddy Carlyle gave up a HR in the bottom of the 8th inning to give the Sox hope. Tommy Hottovy struck out the 2 batters he faced in the 9th and Brad Lincoln came on for the 1-out save.
Multi-hit games from Mike McCoy (3-5) and Sean Ochinko (2-4).
Father's day was a change for the Bisons to even the series, but starter Chad Jenkins continued his unimpressive triple-A time by giving up 5 runs in his 3 innings of work. Claudio Vargas threw 3 shutout innings and Joel Carreno added 2 more.
The Bisons bats were cold until the 8th inning, when Nanita drove in a run. Mauro Gomez added a 2-run HR in the 9th.
Jim Negrych had the teams only multi-hit effort, going 2-4. Gomez's HR was his league leading 18th of the season.
Season to date stats against the Red Sox:
After 2 series against the Sox, the impressive hitting performances have been:
Luis Jimenez (9-24, 3 BB, 2 HR, 6 RBI)
Jim Negrych (9-26, 3 BB, 3 2B)
Mike McCoy (8-25, 1 BB, 3 SB)
The worst performance has been:
Anthony Gose (1-24, 6 BB, 12 K, 1 SB)
Monday night the Bisons are back home, as they host the Gwinnett Braves for 4 games. This will be the first match-up against the Braves this season.
I'll go over some of their key players tomorrow, hopefully before the start of the series.