Bisons 6, Bulls 2: Big Rally Secures Victory

The Buffalo Bisons took on the Durham Bulls tonight for the second of a three game set. Of course the teams played all nine innings, though the Bisons would only need one great one to secure a 6-2 victory. With the win the Bisons clinch the series victory and have a chance for the sweep tomorrow.

Twenty-year-old Miguel Castro’s rollercoaster season continued Tuesday, making his first start with the Buffalo Bisons since being sent down from MLB affiliate Toronto Blue Jays. Castro was the Blue Jays temporary closer, recording four saves in his time with the club. However, a few consecutive poor outings forced Castro back down to Triple A and into the Bisons starting rotation.

Castro struggled to find the strike zone to open the game, walking the first two Durham batters. However, a caught stealing and two looking strikeouts got Castro out of the initial jam. Castro, who is still adjusting to the length needed to start a game, was on a limited pitch count and exited the game after just two innings. He finished with 43 pitches, 23 of them going for strikes. Castro did not allow a hit or an earned run, though he walked three total batters.

The Bulls struck first in the game, putting two runs up in the third inning off Bisons reliever Todd Redmond. Only one of the runs was earned, as he adopted the first runner from Castro, who reached base on an error. Redmond finished his work after five innings, allowing one earned run on two hits.

The Bisons were ready to counter in the bottom of the fourth inning when Matt Hague shot a single to left field scoring Dalton Pompey. That single added to Hague’s hit streak, which now sits at 13 games. The Herd continued the rally with a Brad Glenn 2-RBI double off the left field wall, missing a home run by no more than six inches. The Bisons are now nearing a jaw dropping 600 consecutive at bats without a home run. Chris Dickerson and Melky Mesa joined the hitting spree, each knocking in a run. Pompey, who scored earlier in the inning, knocked in a RBI single, which would be the last highlight of the six run rally. The Buffalo rally knocked Durham starter Everett Teaford (3.2 inn, 2 BB, 7 H, 6 ER) out of the game and lasted long enough for the team to bat around for the first time this season.   

The Bulls threatened again in the eighth inning, loading the bases following two walks. But a double play got the Bisons out of the jam and onto the ninth. Again in the last frame the Bulls couldn’t convert on an opportunity, stranding a runner at third base, and handing the victory to the Bisons.

Buffalo’s Todd Redmond was awarded the win for his superb relief efforts in the game. The Bisons have won 11 of 17 home games this season. They go for the sweep tomorrow night at 6:05 p.m. against the Durham Bulls.