PAWTUCKET, R.I. – It doesn’t appear the Buffalo Bisons’ bats have returned from the All-Star break.
The Pawtucket Red Sox held the Herd to four hits as Buffalo suffered its season-high fifth straight loss, 4-3, before 7,917 spectators at McCoy Stadium on Friday night. The Bisons had just one hit over the final six innings. They only had two at-bats with runners in scoring position and went 0-2. The loss was their 10th in 13 games and drops them to 48-50.
Buffalo grabbed the early momentum, scoring two runs in the first inning. Two batters into the contest, Jared Goedert followed Ryan Goins’ infield single with an RBI double to right for his 36th RBI of the season. Goedert came around to score on a ground out by Cory Aldridge.
The PawSox cut the lead in half, scoring a run in the bottom of the first. In the third, Buffalo regained a two-run lead when Ryan Schimpf hit a solo homer down the right-field line, his fourth of the year, with no outs.
But the Bisons’ run production would come to a halt while the PawSox chipped away at the lead, scoring single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh inning to take a 4-3 advantage. The runs in the sixth and seventh were home runs by Alex Hassan and Dan Butler.
Buffalo starter Esmil Rogers (2-3) took the loss. Rogers allowed Hassan’s homer in the sixth inning that tied the score at 3-3. Since joining the starting rotation, Rogers is 1-1 and has posted a 3.04 ERA over 26.2 innings. Steve Delabar (0-2) gave up the go-ahead shot from Butler in the seventh.
PawSox knuckleballer Steven Wright (5-1) won his fifth straight, going eight complete innings. Wright allowed two runs on two hits in the first, then settled down and permitted only one more run and two more hits over his next seven innings. He retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced. All-Star closer Tommy Layne recorded a double play ground ball to erase a leadoff error in the ninth, then struck out Brad Glenn.
The series continueds tonight at 6 (Radio 1520 AM). The Bisons had not named a starting pitcher.