Lynx righty reliever Joe Bisenius is wringing some positives out of the final two weeks of this season. The two scoreless innings he threw in tonight's 5-4 walk-off loss (boxscore, play-by-play) in Syracuse gave him four straight appearances without a run allowed. Over that stretch of six innings of work, he's had 10 strikeouts against just one walk and three hits allowed.
Speaking as a fan, that's great to see from a pitcher whose season has been largely a write-off due to shoulder troubles. (And the home office in Sioux City, Iowa is happy too.) Bisenius, who turns 25 next month, had his major-league debut with the Phillies but this has been an up-and-down season for him, to say the least, with stints on the disabled list and periods where the command of his pitches has been rather ephemeral.
Syracuse won the game in the last of the ninth when John-Ford Griffin singled Adam Lind home with two out off Anderson Garcia (1-4). On the previous play, Ryan Roberts, who had tripled with one out, stayed in a rundown long enough for Lind to reach second base after Brennan King fielded Lind's grounder and threw to the plate. Anyone who saw Lind run the bases at Rogers Centre this year would gather that it had to be a pretty prolonged rundown for him to reach second base.
No RBI for Gary Burnham tonight but he did push his on-base percentage up to .396 by getting two hits and drawing a walk. He's alone in second in the International League.
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