With five runs in the first inning and five more in the second, the Rochester Red Wings were well on their way to handing the Bisons their first loss of the season. And although Buffalo got a quartet of home runs, including two from Andy LaRoche, it wasn't nearly enough in a 14-5 loss at Frontier Field to their closest rival.
The Herd won the first three games of the season but failed in its bid for a complete sweep of a four-game home-and-home series with Rochester.
The Red Wings rudely greeted the newest Bison, Tyson Brummett. The first five Rochester batters reached base, including a two-run double from Clete Thomas that made the score 3-0 without an out recorded. Brummett rebounded to strike out Mark Sobolewski, but after a fielding error behind him and his third walk of the inning, the righty was pulled from the game.
Brummett was promoted from Double-A New Hampshire on Sunday morning to pitch in the spot vacated by Dave Bush's promotion to Toronto.
The sledding didn't get any easier for the Bisons bullpen. Rochester sent 10 more batters to the plate in a five-run second inning that included Chris Colabello's two-run home run.
The longball was the source of the Bisons offense, as well. Eugenio Velez and Jim Negrych went back-to-back in the second inning, temporary closing the deficit to 5-2. Andy LaRoche hit solo home runs in the fourth and sixth innings, giving him three blasts in the past two games.
Six Bisons pitchers allowed 14 runs on 17 hits to the Red Wings.
BISONS NOTES: It was a windy day at Frontier Field with steady wins of 18 mph…Andy LaRoche had five hits and three home runs in nine at-bats against the Red Wings over the weekend…Jim Negrych added his first double of the year along with his home run. He scored two of the Bisons five runs.