Niese's consecutive scoreless innings streak was snapped at 24.1 innings on a sacrifice fly by Alvin Colina in the bottom of the seventh. But it wasn't nearly enough as the southpaw picked up his third straight win and the Herd snapped a four-game losing skid with a 5-1 victory over the Gwinnett Braves.
A single and double to lead-off the bottom of the seventh and a 105 pitch count ended Niese's night after six-plus innings. Tim McNab took over on the mound and surrendered the sac fly to Colina that ended the scoreless innings streak.
Niese struck out six and scattered only five hits in his six innings of work. The only real threat mounted against Niese before the seventh, came in the third inning.
After facing the minimum through the first two innings, the southpaw's scoreless streak seemed to be in jeopardy in the third. A walk and a double put Gwinnett runners on second and third with no outs. But Niese settled down to retire pitcher Jeff Lyman and lead-off hitter Reid Gorecki on a ground out and strikeout respectively. After walking Wes Timmons, the 22-year-old Bison locked horns with the IL's third-leading hitter Barbaro Canizares. Niese won the nine-pitch battle, striking out Canizares looking with fastball on the outside corner and preserving the Herd lead.
For the second game in a row the Bisons got off to a fast start against the G-Braves, scoring two first-inning runs off Lyman. Cory Sullivan ignited the first-inning rally with a lead-off walk. Jesus Feliciano followed with a single and Chip Ambres knocked home Sullivan with an RBI single to left. Feliciano hustled home from second base on a Michel Abreu fielder's choice that gave Buffalo the only runs they would need.
The Bisons tacked on single runs in the fourth, fifth, and seventh. Sullivan and Feliciano picked up RBI singles and Rene Rivera scored on a fielding error of second-basemen Brooks Conrad.
The Mets top pitching prospect had struggled mightily after his return to Buffalo from the Big Apple. Niese allowed 20 runs (18 earned) in his first three starts back with the Bisons after two starts with New York.
But the southpaw has righted the ship in a big way.
Niese has given up only three runs and struck out 25 hitters in his last four starts. The lefty saw his ERA plummet from 8.05 to 5.18 during the streak.
Niese's 24.1 innings is the second longest streak in the modern era for a Bisons pitcher. Jerry Ruess holds the record with 26 consecutive scoreless innings in 1990.
Most recently Jeremy Sowers had a 23.1 scoreless innings streak in May of 2006 and Bisons' Hall-of-Famer Rick Reed had a streak of 24 consecutive innings without allowing a run in 1990.
Before the Colina sac-fly, Luis Cruz of the Indianapolis Indians was the last to touch up the lefty, with a two-run double in the third inning on June 7th at Coca-Cola Field.
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