CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Buffalo Bisons received a rude welcome to Knights Castle on Monday losing to Charlotte, 11-4, before a crowd of 3,073. The game was the opener a four-game International League series.
Charlotte pitchers Andrew Sisco and Vladimir Nunez (4-9) combined for 13 strikeouts and held the Herd to five hits, four singles.
Buffalo avoided its third shutout of the season by scoring three runs in the eighth inning. Pinch hitter Jason Cooper connected for a two-run triple down the left-field line to score Luis Rivas and Joe Inglett. The Herd added a run in the ninth on an Inglett RBI single.
"We haven't been very consistent offensively. Hopefully the four runs we scored late will give us a little push tomorrow," said Bisons manager Torey Lovullo.
Ryan Sweeney gave Charlotte a 7-0 cushion with a grand slam in the fifth inning that cleared all three tiers of signage.
Bisons left-hander John Koronka (0-1), who was activated earlier in the day, got the start. He gave up five hits and three earned runs in 3 2/3 innings. The Cleveland Indians claimed him off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Monday and optioned him to the Herd.
"He did a good job, but he just ran out of gas. We knew that he was going to be a little rusty since he hadn't pitched in a game in a while," said Lovullo.
The series continues today (12:15 p.m., Radio 1230).