COLUMBUS, OHIO – It was not the start the Buffalo Bisons were looking for on their first night in Columbus. The Herd gave up five runs in the fourth inning and lost the series opener, 8-4, in an International League game at Huntington Park.
Bisons first baseman Dan Johnson homered in consecutive at-bats in the fourth and fifth innings, giving the cleanup hitter a league-leading 16 this season.
Bison starting pitcher Deck McGuire (3-1) saw his perfect start to the season come to an end as he lasted just 3∑ innings, giving up six runs on six hits with three walks. McGuire was coming off last Tuesday’s win over Syracuse. Clippers’ starter Tyler Cloyd evened his record at 4-4 for the win despite giving up 10 hits and four earned runs.
Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus played in his fifth straight game since being placed on Toronto’s disabled list on May 15 with right hamstring tightness. He went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. He’s made three starts in centerfield and two at DH and hit .157 (3-19) with two RBI and a walk.
Outfielder Kevin Pillar had a pair of singles, giving him his fourth straight multi-hit game with 10 hits in his last 17 at-bats (.588).
The Bisons are on a season-long 10-game road trip that started with a two-game split in Syracuse and a 1-3 series defeat in Toledo. The Bisons are 15-19 on the road. The game was the first of the season against the Clippers.
The teams play in Buffalo on June 24-27.
The series continues tonight (7 p.m., Radio 1520) with the Herd’s Sean Nolin (2-3, 3.30) the scheduled starter against Kyle Davies (3-4, 4.26).