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Romero looking for first win while Bisons looking to start a streak

by Amy Moritz

Ricky Romero is making is fourth start of the season for the Buffalo Bisons but is looking for his first decision of 2014.

Romero is 0-0 with a 4.80 earned run average and takes the mound for the Herd this afternoon in a 1:05 game against the Louisville Bats at Coca-Cola Field.

In his last outing, a no-decision at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Romero allowed five runs (four earned) in five innings. He struck out four and gave up nine hits with no walks.

His only other start at home was his only quality start of the season where he gave up one run on two hits in six innings.

Other notes:

  • Chien-Ming Wang gets the start for Louisville. He spent parts of last season in Buffalo, going 4-3 in nine appearances (eight starts) for the Herd with a 3.48 ERA. Signed to a minor league contract by the Cincinnati Reds in December, he is 1-3 in four starts with the Bats this season.
  • The Bisons have won their last two and are looking to put together their first winning streak since they opened the season 4-0.
  • Kevin Pillar is on a streak of his own -- a nine-game hitting streak. Since April 17 Pillar has averaged .353 with five doubles, three runs batted in and five runs scored.
  • Anthony Gose is not in the lineup today after he jammed his thumb while attempting to make a diving catch in centerfield in the eighth inning yesterday.

Today's starting lineup for the Herd:

Darin Mastroianni -- CF
Steve Tolleson -- 2B
Kevin Pillar -- LF
Dan Johnson -- DH
Ryan Schimpf -- 3B
Matt Tuiasosopo -- 1B
Ricardo Nanita -- RF
Mike Nickeas -- C
Munenori Kawasaki -- SS



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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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