ALLENTOWN - After recently being added to the IronPigs pitching staff, Dave Bush wasted no time in making an immediate impact with his new team.
Bush (1-0) pitched six scoreless innings in his debut, allowing just three hits and no walks while striking out five Rochester batters en route to a 5-2 victory.
"I thought he did a nice job keeping hitters off balance," said Lehigh Valley manager Ryne Sandberg. "He got into a little bit of a groove and pitched very well.
"Sometimes the first start can mean everything for a guy. It's a good atmosphere here. This is a nice place to come to. If you can't get up to play here a full house and a meaningful game ..."
The IronPigs struggled to get on the scoreboard early, scoring just one run through the first five innings in support for Bush.
However, a run in the sixth inning and three in the bottom of the eighth padded Lehigh Valley's lead.
Shortstop Freddy Galvis started off the three-run eighth by reaching base on an error. After walks to Kevin Frandsen (intentional) and Dominic Brown loaded the bases, Brandon Moss' two-run single to centerfield scored Galvis and Franderson.
Peter Orr then lined a pitch right back to Rochester pitcher Dusty Hughes, allowing Brown to scored from third base to pad their the lead to 5-1.
"Offensively [we] got the job done a couple times in key situations," Sandberg stated. "And then Moss obviously did a lot of little things."
A solo homerun in the ninth for Rochester's Rene Rivera was not enough, as Mike Zagurski notched his 11th save of the season while pitching 1 innings and giving up one run on two hits.
Moss led the way for Lehigh Valley, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
With 19 games remaining (12 away, 7 home) and sitting just one game behind the International League North leader Pawtucket Red Sox, the team is preparing and digging in for the home stretch in hopes of capturing a division title.
"We have more on the road than at home," said Sandberg. "Games at home are important [and] games on the road are just as, or even more important. We have important series from here on out."