The Buffalo Bisons saw their three-game winning streak end Tuesday night with a 3-1 loss to the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field
The Indians built a lead over the first two innings. Brent Morel’s two-out RBI double in the first gave Indy a 1-0 lead then Gorkys Hernandez had a two-run single in the second.
The Herd got on the board in the third with a solo home run by Matt Hague.
Hague still hot: Infielder Matt Hague continued his hot streak at the plate collecting his fifth straight multi-hit game. Tuesday he had a single and solo home run to extend streak. During the last five games he has hit .611 (11 for 18) while driving in three runs. Hague, who played parts of four seasons with Indianapolis, leads the International League with 69 hits, 17 doubles and 34 runs batted in.
But he left them loaded: Trailing, 3-1, in the seventh inning, Hague had an opportunity to break the game open for the Herd. With two outs, A.J. Jimenez and Ramon Santiago had back-to-back singles. Andy Burns drew a walk to load the bases but Hague struck out on a foul tip on a 2-2 count to end the inning.
Better outing for Albers: Andrew Albers took the loss for the Herd, but pitched better in his six innings of work. He gave up three runs, only two of them earned, on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts. His last outing, a loss to Indy at Coca-Cola Field, Albers gave up a season-high eight runs (seven earned) in five innings.
Strikeouts: The Bisons struck out 12 times in the game. Daric Barton struck out three times and Hauge and Dalton Pompey each struck out twice.
About that triple play: The triple play the Bisons turned on Monday was their first since Sept. 1 2009. The play was ranked as the No. 9 play on SportsCenter’s Top 10 for the day.
Roster moves: Dioner Navarro finished his Major League rehabilitation assignment and was activated off the disabled list by the Toronto Blue Jays. Catcher Josh Thole was optioned back to Buffalo. The Blue Jays also added righthanded pitcher Scott Copeland as their 26th man for the night cap of their doubleheader in Washington Tuesday. Meanwhile the Bisons activated pitcher Phil Coke.
Coke’s first outing: Activated for the game, Coke pitched the eighth inning for the Bisons giving up a one-out walk but closing the inning with a strikeout. He threw 13 pitches, seven for strikes.
Pitchers of record: Albers took the loss falling to 2-7 in his 10th start of the year. Adrian Sampson (5-3) picked up the win, giving up one run on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out eight Bisons’ batters with just one walk.
Paid attendance: 9,332
Time of game: 2:37
Team records: The Bisons are 26-26. Indianapolis is 31-22.
Up next: The Bisons and Indians close out their series at 1:35 p.m. Wednesday at Victory Field. Daniel Norris (1-3, 3,18) is the scheduled starter for the Herd against Clayton Richard (1-1, 2.28). The Herd then opens a four-game series in Louisville on Thursday.