Tonawanda News — BUFFALO — The Buffalo Bisons have looked like a different team of late.
After what had been a mostly seamless beginning to the Herd’s season offensively, their suddenly stagnant bats have forced the team to rely on pitching to put together wins.
This week, the pitching was good, but alone was not enough.
After scoring just three runs in two losses to open their series with North Division rival Lehigh Valley, the Bisons managed just three more Friday over two seven-inning games to split a doubleheader in front of an announced 8,827 at Coca-Cola Field.
Starting pitcher Ricky Romero turned in a solid performance in Game 1, which had been postponed to Friday afternoon after Thursday’s rain, as the Bisons used a late rally to escape with a 4-3 win.
In the nightcap, Game 2 starter Justin Germano strung together six solid innings but took the hard-luck loss due to a pair of sloppy errors that led to a 4-0 IronPigs win, their second shutout of the Bisons in a week.
Each game followed a similar theme: the starters pitched well enough to win, but only one of the results reflected as much.
“We didn’t get a lot off (IronPigs Game 2 starter Greg) Smith today with the way he pitched against us,” said Bisons manager Marty Brown, who returned to the bench for the first time since his three-game suspension.
“We went through a lull early on too in the year because guys are playing against certain pitchers or they’re not getting overly aggressive. … It’s a grind. I think sometimes we lose sight of that.”
The Bisons grinded out a win in Game 1, their only victory over the IronPigs this week.
Romero made his sixth start of the season, his second at home, and provided glimpses that he’s continuing to improve as he and the Bisons cruised through the first five innings.