The force was strong with the Buffalo Bisons on Saturday night as the Herd finally had an offensive breakthrough.
With a 12-hit attack, the Bisons earned a 5-1 win over the Columbus Clippers at Coca-Cola Field. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Herd while the Clippers saw their eight-game win streak end.
I’ve got a bad feeling about this: The Clippers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI single by Adam Moore. The Bisons entered the game just 11-42 when their opponents score first.
Do or do not: Stranding base runners continues to be a problem for the Bisons. In the first inning, Melky Mesa and Dalton Pompey led off with back-to-back hits but were stranded in scoring position. In the second, two base runners were stranded after a pair of ground outs.
I find your lack of faith disturbing: The Bisons rebounded from the early deficit and stranded base runners. Alex Hassan had a two-run home run in the third while Matt Hague did most of the damage with a three-hit night, including a solo home run and a two-run double.
In my experience there is no such thing as luck: Alex Hassan has had an incredible July. He had a two-run home run in the third, giving him seven runs batted in during the month. He has five doubles in his last 13 games and is batting .369 (17 for 46). In Saturday’s game he went 2 for 2, drawing two walks.
You are a member of the rebel alliance: For the third straight year, Stars Wars Night at Coca-Cola Field has been a sellout. The event has drawn 117,440 in eight seasons, averaging 14,680 fans a game. The Bisons are now 4-4 on Star Wars Night.
Pitchers of record: It was a solid outing for Scott Copeland (6-3), who picked up the win after giving up one run on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Michael Roth (7-5) took the loss, giving up five runs on 10 hits with four walks and three strikeouts.
Time of game: 2:25.
Paid attendance: 17,600.
Records: The Bisons are 46-48. Columbus is 51-43.
Next up: The series closes at 1:05 p.m. Sunday with lefty Matt Boyd (2-1, 3.24) scheduled to start for the Herd against right-hander Will Roberts (1-1, 2.65). The Bisons will continue their homestand with four games against Syracuse, beginning Monday.