Wild pitching and defensive miscues cost the Rochester Red Wings last night as they dropped a 6-5 decision to the Buffalo Bisons in an International League contest at Sahlen Field in Buffalo.
On the evening, Rochester pitchers walked seven batters and hit another, while the defense committed three errors.
The Wings (52-55) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. After Bison starter T.J. Zeuch hit the first two batters, Jake Cave’s two-out double scored Drew Maggi.
Rochester made it 2-0 in the 4th when Tomas Telis drove in Alejandro De Aza on a two-out bloop single.
Wings starter Drew Hutchinson pitched himself in and out of trouble for the first four innings. But the 5th was when Hutchinson’s wildness caught up to him. Buffalo loaded the bases on a hit batter, error by Maggi and a 2-out walk. Patrick Kivlehan made him pay with a 2-run single to left; a third run scored when De Aza’s throw from left field ended up in the Red Wings’ dugout. All three runs were unearned.
The Wings tied it at three in the top of the seventh. Wynston Sawyer was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and scored on Nick Gordon’s double down the left field line.
Buffalo (56-51) reclaimed the lead for good in the bottom of the eighth off Cody Allen. After a single and Maggi’s second error of the game, Jonathan Davis doubled home the go-ahead run. Richard Urena then provided insurance with a two-run, two-out single.
The additional two runs proved crucial as Jaylin Davis homered with a man aboard in the top of the ninth for Rochester, his 15th of the year. But Zach Jackson then got Jake Cave to ground out to end the game.
Five of the Bisons’ six runs on the night were unearned.
Maggi extended his minor league-leading streak of reaching base safely in 32 straight games when he was hit by a pitch in the first inning.
The Wings’ Randy Dobnak was named IL Pitcher of the Week. He won both his starts, allowing only 2 ER over 12.1 IP with 10 strikeouts.