Niagara Gazette — BUFFALO — While the night ended in a patriotic display of fireworks, the Buffalo Bisons' performance on the field was a disappointing dud Wednesday evening. The visiting Rochester Red Wings took an early lead and built it into an 11-1 victory over the Bisons before 17,208 fans at Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo.
It was a Buffalo team whose skipper readily admitted looked tired after returning home from an eight-day road swing to play a one-night homestand.
"It looked like we were dragging," said manager Marty Brown. "Pitching wise, (Bobby) Korecky hand't been out there in a while. You can understand why he didn't locate that well. We just let too many pitches up the middle and had to pay for it."
It was Buffalo starter Claudio Vargas (5-6) who took the loss for Buffalo but all three pitchers who saw action for the Herd felt their share of pain from Rochester's offense.
The Red Wings opened the scoring in the second inning when Deibinson Romero hit a solo shot off over the left field wall to put the visitors ahead, 1-0. Rochester built their lead to 2-0 in the third inning when James Bereford scored from third on Jeff Clement's long fly to center field.
Buffalo got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth when Kevin Pillar, who has made a strong impression since joining the Bisons from Class-AA New Hampshire on June 21, homered over the left field wall.
He went 2 for 4 and is currently on a ten-game hitting streak. He appears increasingly comfortable playing ball at this level.
"I've learned to take the good with the bad, and just always walk to the plate with confidence knowing that any at-bat can be the at-bat that changes the course," Pillar said. "If I was going bad I would think my next at-bat is going to get me out of it, or if I'm going good I feel like I'm going to keep it going."