(bisons.com)-Starting pitcher Thad Weber threw four strikeouts, but allowed two home runs to Lehigh Valley's Cody Overbeck as the Bisons were shutout by the IronPigs 4-0, Tuesday night at Coca-Cola Field.
The Bisons pitching staff combined for season-high 14 strikeouts in the game, but the offense could not put runs across the board despite getting hits on the night.
Thad Weber made his first start of the season for the Bisons. The right-hander threw four innings against the IronPigs, allowing five hits and three earned runs, while striking out four.
"I thought it was great for Thad to be able to get out there on the mound," said acting manager Doug Davis, filling in for Bisons manager Marty Brown who was suspended for three games. "(Weber) hasn't thrown a whole heck of a lot since he's been back down here. I thought it was a good outing for him and the rest of the guys did a nice job."
The Bisons relievers only allowed one run after Weber came out of the game in the fourth inning, while striking out 11 hitters.
Relievers Mickey Storey and Tommy Hottovy, both added by the Bisons from Toronto today, finished with a combined seven strikeouts and one run in 2.3 innings of work.
Dustin McGowan and Buddy Carlyle combined for two innings and three strikeouts in relief.
"I thought our pitching staff was very good. I thought everybody threw strikes," Davis said. "I thought everybody commanded the ball well from a standpoint of getting ahead of counts and staying there."
The Bisons hitters threatened a few times during the game, but could not get the key hit to drive in a run and get on the board.
Buffalo threatened in the fifth inning with runners on first-and-third with one out. Center fielder Moises Sierra struck out swinging and interfered with the catcher. Left fielder Eugenio Velez, who was taking off for second base, was called out due to the interference by Sierra.
Velez led the Bisons with three hits in the game. He has gotten a hit in six out of his last eight at-bats and is batting .304 on the season.
"We had an opportunity early to get out there and score a couple of runs to take the lead and we just weren't able to do it. We took some good swings and then their starter kind of got settled in a little bit, kept the ball down," Davis said.
"I think for everybody it was tough seeing the ball out there tonight, both teams seemed to struggle. Especially with change of speeds, we certainly did. We had a couple opportunities but we weren't able to get anything out of both of those and then they got the couple home runs and that was about as much as anybody needed tonight."
The series continues with a single game at Coca Cola Field Wednesday night first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.