Bisons 4, IronPigs 1
The Rundown – Lehigh Valley hitters were controlled by an 18-year vet as Buffalo stymied Lehigh Valley for the third time in three days
Elder-Statesmen – Miguel Batista, 42-years old, has logged in 18-Major League seasons with 11 different teams. Yesterday, he pitched six strong innings for Toronto's top-affiliate, holding the IronPigs to 1-unarned run on just one hit.
Key Inning – In the top-of the 4th inning, the Bisons broke open a scoreless game with a big inning. Buffalo loaded the bases with out against IronPig starter BJ Rosenberg. Andy LaRoche drove in one run and Two-runs scored on a single by Lance Zawadski and another by Ryan Goins to give Buffalo a 4-0 lead
Pitching – Rosenberg got the loss in 5.2 innings of work. Cesar Jimenez and Jake Diekman continued their hot starts to 2013 by holding Buffalo scoreless the remainder of the game.
Lone run – Lehigh Valley recorded their only run in the bottom of the 4th. Tyson Gillies walked and then scored on an infield fielding error when Cesar Hernandez grounded to third base…Cody Asche recorded the only other IronPig hit in the ninth inning. Lehigh Valley threatened but a double play and a strikeout with two runners on killed the rally.
Saturday – Sunday's loss is the IronPigs third straight loss as Buffalo swept Saturday's double-header…Despite Cody Overbeck's third homerun in three games, Lehigh Valley fell 8-4 in the first game…In the second game, the IronPigs threw four relievers at the Bisons and nearly came away with a win. Hernandez drove in Gillies for a 1-0 LV lead, but Buffalo scored a pair of runs late for the 2-1 victory.
Killer Ex-Phil – Gose, a 2008 2nd round draft pick by the Phils, went 1-for-5 on Sunday but killed the IronPigs in Saturday's double-header. In game one he hit a two-run homerun and scored 3-runs. In game 2, Gose went 2-for-2 and scored a run.
Notes – The Phillies #4 prospect Jonathan Pettibone will make his MLB debut tonight for the Phillies as they face the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Records: Lehigh Valley (7-9), Buffalo (11-4, IL North 1st )
On Deck: Lehigh Valley will try to a void the four-game sweep with today's 'getaway game' against Buffalo. Tyler Cloyd (0-2, 7.07) will square off against Justin Germano (2-1, 8.44).