The offense disappeared again for the Buffalo Bisons as the Herd suffered a 1-0 loss to the Durham Bulls at Coca-Cola Field on Wednesday night.
Shut out. Again: For the ninth time this season the Bisons were shut out by their opponent. It was the fifth time in the last nine games the Herd failed to score a run. It was the third time they’ve been shut out at Coca-Cola Field.
How the run was scored: With one out in the sixth, Tyler Motter singled and Nick Franklin drew a walk. The double steal removed the double-play threat and a ground out to second by Mikie Mahtook drove in Motter for a 1-0 Durham lead.
Double plays: The double play worked against the Herd in the first two innings. Andy Burns drew a one-out walk in the first, but Matt Hague grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. It wasn’t as routine in the second. Chris Dickerson had a lead-off double, but then was doubled off the bag when Durham’s second baseman Nick Franklin snagged a line drive from Caleb Gindl.
Wasted hits: After two double plays ended innings for the Bisons, it looked like they would finally break the scoreless tie in the fourth. Andy Burns led off with a single. With one out Dickerson singled, then came a rocket from Brad Glenn that got behind the shortstop. Manager Gary Allenson waived Burns from second base to home, but the ball didn’t roll that far and Burns hesitated after he rounded third. Caught too far off the bag, Burns stopped, then continued home and was tagged out on the baseline.
Breaking up the no-hitter: Bisons starter Felix Doubront retired the first 14 batters before giving up a hit. It was a two-out single by Curt Casali in the fifth.
Speaking of Doubront: The 27-year old made his first start of the season after being activated off the disabled list. He pitched five shutout innings with one walk and three strikeouts, throwing 75 pitches, 41 for strikes.
Hit streak I: Hague owns the longest hit streak in the International League. He extended his streak to 14 games with a single in the eighth. The previous best in the IL this season was 13 games reached by James Beresford (Rochester) and Carlos Sanchez (Charlotte). Since April 29, Hague has batted .333 (19 for 57) with three doubles and six RBIs.
Hit streak II: Burns extended his hit streak to eight games. The Triple-A rookie has hit .290 (9 for 31) since May 6 with four doubles, an RBI and two runs scored.
Home run drought counter: The last time the Bisons hit a home run was April 25. They now have gone 616 at-bats without a home run.
Pitchers of record: Matt Buschmann (3-2) picked up the win, pitching six scoreless innings with five hits, one walk and two strikeouts. Ronald Belisario pitched the ninth to earn his sixth save. Rob Rasmussen (1-1) took the loss, giving up one run on one hit, pitching the sixth inning.
Time of game: 2:21.
Paid attendance: 4,399.
Records: Bisons 17-16. Durham 20-14.
Next up: The Bisons open a four-game series against Toledo at Coca-Cola Field with a 6:05 p.m. game Thursday. Scott Copeland (2-1, 1.74) is the scheduled starter for the Herd with Tim Melville (1-4, 5.93) set for Toledo.