Rowley’s shutout stint keys Herd’s victory
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Right-hander Chris Rowley pitched six shutout innings Monday night and the Buffalo Bisons ended their six-game losing streak with a 7-5 victory over the Columbus Clippers before 11,648 at Huntington Park.
Rowley, a West Point grad making only his third start for Buffalo, allowed four singles, a walk and hit a batter while striking out five. The Clippers did not have a hit until the fourth inning.
However, what looked like a neatly wrapped Buffalo victory nearly became unraveled. Nellie Rodriguez homered in the seventh inning to break the shutout. Rodriguez, the Clippers’ first baseman, hit a three-run homer in the ninth, his 12th of the season, in a four-run rally against three Buffalo relievers.
The Bisons came into the game after being swept in four games at home by the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in their return to action after the International League’s All-Star Game break. Columbus, at the same time, had swept four games from the Toledo Mud Hens.
It’s the Bisons’ only visit this season to Columbus. Buffalo had won 11 of its last 12 games against the Clippers including a three-game sweep at Coca-Cola Field April 13-15.
Columbus had not allowed a run in 25 innings before the Bisons scored three in the fifth inning.
The rally in the fifth ended Buffalo’s scoreless streak at 13 innings. The Herd had scored only four runs in their previous six games.
Of f the schneid: Jon Berti lined a single to center to allow Andrew Guillotte to score Buffalo’s first run since Saturday. Then I.L. All-Star Jason Leblebijian doubled home two more runs.
Raffy Lopez’s 10th homer of the season, off reliever Cole Sulser with a man on in the seventh, gave the Bisons a 5-0 lead.
Veteran right-hander Jarrett Grube was the starter and loser for Columbus. Grube was Buffalo’s Opening Day starter and winner. In 11 starts for the Herd, Grube had a 2-3 record and a 6.14 ERA before he was released.
The second game of the three-game series tonight (Radio 1520, 6:05 p.m.) has Herd lefty T.J. House scheduled to start against right-hander Adam Plutko.