by Amy Moritz
It's been miserable baseball weather and the offense at times has had difficulty cracking the bats. But the Buffalo Bisons have their pitching staff. And that has made all the difference this homestand.
The Herd has won four straight games to sit a 15-10 -- five games over .500 for the first time this season. They sit in first place of the International League North Division, percentage points in front of the Pawtucket Red Sox.
And they have their pitching staff to thank for that.
In the first six games of this homestand, Bisons starters are 4-0 with a 0.76 earned run average. They have collectively struck out 32 and allowed just 19 hits in 33 1/3 innings of work.
Ricky Romero looks to continue that trend this afternoon as the Herd hosts Charlotte at 1:05 p.m. (Radio 1520).
Romero is still looking for his first decision of the season while making his fifth start. He has a 3.60 ERA and has been outstanding at home, giving up just one run on four hits in 11 innings of work in two games at Coca-Cola Field.
Meanwhile Kevin Pillar is on a 14-game hitting streak, the second longest in the IL behind a 15-game streak by Rochester's Chris Parmelee. The streak is the longest for a Bisons player since outfielder Vinny Rottino hit in 20 straight in 2010.
Today's starting lineup for the Herd:
Darin Mastroianni -- CF
Ryan Goins -- SS
Kevin Pillar -- LF
Dan Johnson -- DH
Matt Tuiasosopo -- RF
Jared Goedert -- 1B
Jonathan Diaz -- 2B
Mike Nickeas -- C
Munenori Kawasaki -- 3B