BUFFALO, NY (Bisons.com) Left fielder Lucas Duda has only played 16 games as a member of the Herd, but in that short time he has already left his imprint on the Bisons history books.
Duda homered in his fifth straight game tonight in a 12-4 win against the Rochester Red Wings at Coca-Cola Field. The Triple-A rookie crushed a 1-2 pitch from Red Wings starter Anthony Swarzak deep to right-center field in the third inning.
With a home run in five consecutive games, Duda is only the fifth Bison in the 125-year history of the franchise to accomplish the feat. Duda joins Bisons greats Andy Marte, Ollie Carnegie, Carlos Garcia and Bill Selby as the only other players to do so.
Duda's sixth homer of the season was good enough to give the Herd a 5-2 lead early in the game. That lead would be one the Herd would be one they would not relinquish and build on often throughout the game.
The left fielder was not the only Bison leaving the yard tonight however. In the fourth inning right fielder Fernando Martinez also went deep, this time to center field. The two run blast was Martinez's fifth homer of the season.
The Herd had the bats on full throttle tonight totaling 12 runs and 13 hits. The Bisons reached double digit runs for the tenth time this season due to RBI from five different players. Duda and first baseman Mike Jacobs led the way with three apiece while Martinez chipped in two.
While the story for the Herd tonight was the outburst of offense, the performance of their pitching staff should not be overlooked. Starting pitcher and All-Star Pat Misch gave the Bisons another quality start. In his 16th start of the season, the left hander went seven strong innings, giving up seven hits and four runs with only two of them being earned. He also struck out five batters. Misch picked up his eighth win of the season and continues to lead the IL for wins from a left hander.
The win for the Herd now improves their record to 43-39 while Rochester drops to 30-53. The Bisons also pulled to within 3.5 games of the Syracuse Chiefs for the lead in the IL North.