DURHAM, N.C. — It will be a different looking Buffalo Bisons team that returns to Coca-Cola Field tonight to face the Louisville Bats in the opener of an eight-game homestand. Unfortunately, the Herd is locked in the same losing funk they were in when they left for the road a week ago Monday.
The Durham Bulls broke open a 7-7 game with six runs in the sixth inning and went on to a 14-10 victory over the Bisons Monday afternoon before 4,961 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The loss was the sixth straight for Buffalo and ended a 1-7 road trip which followed a 2-6 mark in the last homestand.
The Bulls sent 12 batters to the plate in their big inning as they pounded out eight hits — four singles, three doubles and a triple — and took advantage of one Buffalo error.
The outburst came against Buffalo relievers Jack Egbert and Manny Acosta.?There were seven home runs in the game, four by the Bisons. Josh Satin homered twice, and Raul Reyes and Josh Rodriguez had single blows for the Herd. Luke Scott had two of the three Durham homers.
Stephen Vogt had the other. Satin and Reyes hit homers in Buffalo's four-run fifth, with the latter's tying the game at 7-7.
The Bisons had 11 roster transactions while they were on the road. Joining the team were Rodriguez, pitcher Elvin Ramirez and pitcher Mark Cohoon, who started Monday's game. The Bisons lost a left-handed arm from the bullpen on Monday when the parent New York Mets selected the contract of Justin Hampson (4-2, 2.13).
Jeurys Familia (5-4, 5,00) is the scheduled starter for Buffalo against right-hander Tim Gustafson (3-1, 4.29) in tonight's series opener (7 p.m., Radio 1520 AM).
The teams will meet Wednesday with lefty Garrett Olson (2-4, 4.79) to face Bats' Pedro Villarreal (2-4, 3.86).