Evan Bigley had two hits and scored the game's only run, backing Kyle Gibson's quality start as the Red Wings beat the first place Buffalo Bisons 1-0 Saturday afternoon at Frontier Field. It was the fourth straight win for the Wings. The teams play a 1:05 p.m.Sunday afternoon game; kids can run the bases with Spikes and Mittsy after Sunday's game.
Gibson was facing a Bisons team that had won nine of their last 10 games, and brought a league-best .319 team batting average into Saturday's game. In the first inning Gibson notched a pair of strikeouts around a single by Anthony Gose, and got help from first baseman Chris Colabello - who leaped high in the air to take away a possible extra base hit from Mauro Gomez.
Buffalo used reliever Buddy Carlyle to make a spot start, a substitute for scheduled starter Justin Germano; Germano was expected to be called up to the parent Blue Jays. Carlyle had an easy first two innings, striking out three.
The Wings got their first hit in the bottom of the third when Bigley singled. Following a Joe Benson single to left, Doug Bernier bunted to move the runners over to second and third with one out. But back to back strikeouts got Carlyle out of the inning without a run.
Gibson had a great start against a good hitting Bison team, only allowing two hits and struck out four through four. Rochester also had great defense behind Gibson, turning two double plays in four innings.
Bigley started the bottom of the fifth with a double to left field off reliever Clint Everts. Benson was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with no outs. Again Bernier bunted the runners over, to give the Wings runners on third and second with one out. Eric Farris hit a sacrifice fly to center field, which was deep enough to score Bigley and give the Wings a 1-0 lead.
The Wings had two hard hit balls from Brian Dinkelman and Colabello in the bottom of the sixth, but amazing catches by the Bisons took away took away two hits.
Caleb Thielbar came on in relief in the top of the seventh with two outs and a man on first, and Thielbar struck out Ryan Langerhans to end the inning. Gibson pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up two hits and striking out seven. At one point Gibson retired ten straight batters from the fourth to the seventh inning.
Nate Hanson singled to left to start the bottom of the seventh. But a strikeout and a double play ended the inning for the Wings.
Theilbar struck out three of the four batters he faced. Tim Wood pitched a perfect ninth inning, part of his rehab assignment with the Wings.