Niagara Gazette

July 7, 2013

Wang wins in Bisons debut

Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Chien-Ming Wang pitched all seven innings of his first-ever start for the Buffalo Bisons, earning a win to complete a sweep of the Syracuse Chiefs in a Sunday doubleheader at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo.

Wang, the former major leaguer, held the Chiefs to just one run and three hits as Buffalo won the second game, 4-1. However, Wang wasn’t the only Bisons pitcher to get a win while going the distance. The Herd’s starter in the first game, Dave Bush, also pitched a complete game as Buffalo opened the doubleheader with a 6-2 win.

Buffalo opened the first game by taking a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Kevin Pillar hit a two-run homer, followed later in the inning by a Eugenio Velez single that scored Mauro Gomez.

Syracuse scored two runs in the top of the third but the Herd matched that in the bottom of the inning. Anthony Gose singled to centerfield, scoring Jim Negrych and Andy LaRoche. LaRoche singled in the fifth inning to score Gomez and complete the scoring. 

Bush (8-6) struck out eight batters while surrendering only five hits.

Then came the Bisons debut of Wang, the former New York Yankee, Washington National and Toronto Blue Jay. 

As Wang kept the Chiefs’ bats mostly silent, Buffalo got all their runs in the second inning. Sean Ochinko brought home three of them with a home run that scored LaRoche and Velez followed by himself. Ryan Goins later singled to score Mike McCoy, who put himself in scoring position by stealing his 18th base of the season.

According to the Bisons, Sunday’s games were only the second time in the franchise’s modern-era history when both games were won by pitchers that hurled complete games. The only other time it happened, according to their records, was on July 18, 2009, when Jon Niese and Nelson Figueroa both pitched shutouts, 1-0 and 2-0, respectively, against the Toledo Mud Hens.

The Bisons (45-45) are scheduled off Monday then travel to Syracuse Tuesday for the first of two road games.