For Chris Rowley it wasn’t a mystery. It was just about keeping it simple.
Rowley threw eight strong innings and the for the second night in a row the Buffalo Bisons handed Pawtucket a 3-1 loss.
Rowley improved to 5-4 on the year as he threw what has to be his most effective outing of the year.
“That was definitely the best I’ve felt in a while,” Rowley said. “Seasons been a little bit up and down so far for me. Just trying to build to be the best that I can as the season goes on and I felt like that was the most complete outing that I’ve had.”
Rowley started the season strong winning three of his first four starts, but then troubles set in. He collected just one win in his next nine starts. A time span that also saw him lose three and have five no decisions.
On this night, Rowley was sharp as he scattered five hits, struck out six and didn’t issue any walks.
“I think it’s just executing,” he said. “I think we over complicate the game too much. I think today I trusted (catcher) Reese (McGuire)…..just executing the pitch.”
Rowley said without question in games where he struggled he was just over thinking every pitch and every move.
“There was a lot of good things,” manager Bobby Meacham said. “Number one I thought he kept his emotions in check when things could have gone south especially early in the game. Oh boy, lot of disagreements with the umpire behind the plate but he held it together and kept on throwing strikes. Using his change-up very well. I thought he used both sides of the plate with his fastball. I just think he got stronger as the game went on.”
Rowley added that the way his defense supported him gave him the confidence to attack batters.
Darnell Sweeney drove in Anthony Alford with the game winning run in the seventh.
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Jake Petricka picked up the save.
PawSox Adam Lind hit his seventh home run of the year in the fourth.
Bison catcher Danny Jansen and third baseman Jason Leblebijian were both voted as starters for the International League in the Triple-A All Star Game that will be played in Columbus on July 11.
This will be Jansen’s first trip to the Triple-A, mid-season classic, while Leblebijian becomes just the third Bison in the modern era to go to the all-star game in consecutive years.
“Every time you get picked for an all-star game it’s just special and an honor,” Leblebijian said.
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