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BISONS' REED DISPUTES TALK OF BAD LUCK DESPITE PITCHING WELL AND LOSING LAST SIX

While Buffalo Bisons pitcher Rick Reed wouldn't bemoan his bad luck Saturday, manager Terry Collins couldn't help but do it for him.

"He's 1-6 and he ought to be 5-2. It's a shame," said Collins after Reed dropped a 3-1 decision to the Oklahoma City 89ers.

The 24-year-old right-hander, who last year was 5-2 with a 1.64 earned run average in Buffalo, now has lost six straight decisions. His ERA stands at 3.98.

Saturday's was his third straight solid outing, even though he has two losses and a no-decision over the period.

Reed dropped a 3-2 decision to Indianapolis in his last start (seven innings, three earned runs) and yielded no runs in 6 1/3 innings the start before, a 1-0 Herd loss to Denver.

"I don't think it's hard luck," Reed said. "Right now, we're not hitting the ball. I've had three pretty good outings, but I've been giving up runs, too, when I can't afford to. You can't just pinpoint one thing (to blame)," he said.

Oklahoma City used a walk and two singles to get two runs off Reed in the third inning. The 89ers got an insurance run in the seventh when Jack Daugherty doubled off the right field wall, just over the outstretched arm of Tom Romano.

"I was trying to go outside and it just got away, over the plate too much," Reed said.
The Bisons' lack of depth proved costly again. Collins had only one extra positional player -- Jay Bell -- on the bench and had to save him for the last at-bat. Collins almost surely would have used a pinch hitter earlier in the seventh inning had one been available.

Steve Carter (thumb) and Jeff Cook (ankle) might be ready today, but trainer Carlos Ledezma said Monday was a more likely return date for the two.

The sale of Orestes Destrade was the 28th transaction for the Herd this season.
No rain checks will be given to ticket-holders from Saturday's game, since one game was played. Saturday's tickets can not be used for today's games. The first 5,000 fans 14 and under through the gates today get baseball caps. Gates open at noon.

Buffalo is scheduled to send Miguel Garcia and Bill Wilkinson against Darrell Whitaker and Dave Miller. The Herd's Tim Conroy was scratched from a start today because of a stiff shoulder.

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