ALLENTOWN, P.A. (From Bisons.com)- Luis Jimenez continues to come through with runners in scoring position...with his bat and his legs.
The Bisons slugger had three run-scoring hits and also scored all the way from first base on a bunt to help the Herd to a doubleheader sweep in Lehigh Valley on Saturday night. Buffalo powered their way to an 8-4 victory in the first game at Coca-Cola Park before scoring late in a 2-1 victory in the night cap.
Buffalo has now won six straight games, all of which have come on the road. The Bisons also completed their second doubleheader sweep in four days to move into sole possession of first place in the IL North Division.
It would've seemed pretty tough for Jimenez to provide an encore performance to his eight-RBI day in Syracuse on Thursday. But the veteran slugger came through for his club once again with some timely hitting and a very head's up play.
Jimenez was at the heart of the Bisons' attack as the club raced out to a seven-run lead in game one. After Anthony Gose's two-run home run gave Buffalo a third-inning lead, Jimenez followed with a two-out double to score Moises Sierra for a 3-0 advantage.
Jimenez singled home Sierra again in the fifth inning as the Herd scored four more times to put game one out of reach.
Game two was very much in doubt as Lehigh Valley led 1-0 into the sixth inning. Jimenez led off the frame by reaching base on an IronPigs' fielding error. Eugenio Velez followed with a sacrifice bunt and when Jimenez noticed no one was covering third base, he alerted dashed for the bag. Lehigh Valley first baseman Josh Fields threw wildly to the base and Jimenez continued on to home to tie the game at one.
An inning later, Jimenez singled to right with two outs to drive home Gose for the game-winning run.
Along with Jimenez's timely play, the Bisons received a pair of fantastic pitching performances. Dave Bush won his second consecutive start to begin his Herd career in game one. Bush struck out six and allowed just one earned run in six innings of work. Neil Wagner got the final out with the bases loaded for his third save of the season.
Claudio Vargas matched his Bisons teammate in game two. The veteran allowed one run in six innings and struck out six. Juan Perez earned the save in game two.
Moises Sierra left the second game of the doubleheader after being hit on the right hand with a pitch that he swung at. Ryan Langerhans took his place in the game...Neil Wagner and Juan Perez also saved both games of the Bisons doubleheader sweep on April 17 in Syracuse...Jim Negrych went 0-3 in game two, his first game without a hit this season...Anthony Gose finished the game 3-5 with three walks and four runs scored. He leads the International League with 16 runs scored.