BUFFALO, N.Y. (Bisons.com) - Three Bisons pitchers combined to shutout the Red Sox in Wednesday night's 3-0 Bisons win at Coca-Cola Field.
Ken Takahashi got the start for the Bisons after missing his last turn in the rotation with tightness in his left shoulder. The southpaw, on a limited pitch count, was effective in his four scoreless innings of work, allowing only three hits, two of which were swinging bunt singles, and two strikeouts.
The newly acquired Adam Pettyjohn relieved Takahashi and picked up the win in his Bisons debut. Pettyjohn threw three scoreless innings as well, allowing three hits, no walks and struck out two Paw Sox.
Adam Bostick tossed two perfect innings, striking out four, including the side in the ninth, to close out the game and pick up his first save of the season.
The Paw Sox had their chances against the Bisons in the early innings. But two 6-4-3 double plays turned by the Herd erased a bases loaded jam in the second and runners at the corners in the fifth. Pawtucket also had a runner at third with one out in the third, but a sparkling defensive play by third basemen Andy Green and a strikeout got the Herd out of the inning.
After the fifth, Pawtucket didn't advance a runner into scoring position, as Pettyjohn and Bostick combined to retire the final 11 batters of the game.
On the offensive side of things, the Bisons hit the ball hard all night long against Pawtucket pitching, but it was two bloop singles that produced the Bisons first run. Mike Lamb dropped a single down the left field line that scored Jesus Feliciano in the first inning and gave the Herd the early 1-0 edge.
Buffalo added two insurance runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Argenis Reyes, who snuck a base hit one up the middle past the drawn in infield.
The Bisons look to take three in a row against the Red Sox, as the series resumes Thursday afternoon from Coca-Cola Field with Lance Broadway getting the call on the mound for the Herd. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.
Bisons pitching has thrown seven shutouts this season...INF Mike Lamb made his seventh straight start at first base on Wednesday after starting 56 games at third base this season... The Bisons three double plays turned in Wednesday's game is one short of a season high for the Herd. The Bisons turned four against the Paw Sox on April 11... Wednesday's game got started after a 29-minute rain delay.