BUFFALO, NY (Bisons.com) - The Bisons split Saturday's doubleheader losing the first game, 6-1, and winning the second game, 3-1, at Coca-Cola Field.
The Herd won the second game on the strength of Josh Stinsons arm. Stinson went six innings striking out four while allowing only one run.
Stinson looked like he was in trouble in the second inning after giving up an unearned run and intentionally walking Shawn Bowman to face Yohan Flande the Braves starting pitcher. Stinson struck-out Flande before facing down Stefan Gartrell for the final out of the inning stranding three Braves on the base paths.
"You have to be able to pitch out of jams sometimes, and Stinson certainly did that," said manager Tim Teufel.
After loading the bases Stinson retired 14 of the next 15 batters, and gave up only two hits. Going six innings was important with back-to-back doubleheaders.
"Anytime you go out there you want to go six or seven, you don't want to be labled as the five and die guy," Stinson said. "Today more than other days, you got two back to back double headers, makes it tough if you come out early."
The Herd's offense provided Stinson a small cushion of three runs all coming in the second inning. Jason Botts got things rolling with a single in just his second game with the Bisons. Luis Hernandez walked moving Botts to third, Bubba Bell followed with a single that drove the Bisons first run across.
With no outs in the second Raul Chavez singled loading the bases with no outs. Jesus Feliciano grounded into a double play allowing Hernandez to score and moving Bell to third. With two outs Bell scored on a passed ball from Flande.
Gwinnett got off to a fast start in the first game of the doubleheader scoring four runs in the first inning, powered by Brandon Hicks Homerun. The Braves added two more runs in the third and fifth inning to stretch their lead over the Bisons, 6-0.
The Bisons got on the board in the sixth inning when Lucas Duda deposited a solo-homerun into the first row of the Bully Hill Party Deck in right-field. The solo shot was his fourth of the season and just second hit of the game for the Herd making the score, 6-1.
"That was nice, it was on a slider that stayed in there real nice and Duda drove it over the right-field wall," Teufel said. "It's good to see Duda back in uniform."
The only other hit was given up in the fifth inning breaking up Braves starter Erik Cordier's no-hit bid. Cordier was removed from the game in the fifth ending his chance for a win in his first start of the season for Gwinnett.
Game Notes:: The Mets have selected the contract of RHP Dale Thayer off the Bisons roster...Lucas Duda has been activated off the clubs disabled list, and hit his fourth homerun of the season in the first game of the doubleheader...The Herd allowed their first passed ball of the season in the fifth inning of the first doubleheader...Kirk Nieuwenhuis didn't play either game on Saturday he is still banged up from a diving catch he made on Tuesday...The Bisons remain at .500 they are now, 14-14, when playing at home.