Todd Redmond gave up four runs on three home runs and the Buffalo Bisons struggled to find offense in a 7-1 loss to the Syracuse Chiefs at Coca-Cola Field Tuesday night.
Matt Skole hit two homers for the Chiefs with his two-run shot in the second giving Syracuse a 2-0 lead. He and Kevin Keyes started the seventh with back-to-back homers to extend the lead to 4-0.
The Chiefs added a run on an RBI double by Steve Lerud which ended Redmond’s outing.
The righty finished giving up five runs on 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Skole picked up another RBI when he drove in a run on a ground out in the eighth.
The Herd avoided their 20th shutout of the season in the ninth when a ground out by Caleb Gindl scored George Kottaras.
Lackluster offense: The Herd had a run on just four hits and the offense hasn’t been producing the last two weeks of the regular season. “You know what, we’re a little tentative on fastballs,” manager Gary Allenson said. “I don’t care whether it’s a fastball in the zone on the first pitch or the fourth or the fifth one. You’ve got to attack the fastball. That’s what Scranton does real well. You can’t get too many fastballs by them. They’re aggressive on the fastball. I just think collectively, and it’s not everybody, but there’s too many guys that are passing on the fastball.”
Hague watch: The 11-game hit streak for Matt Hague ended Tuesday as he went 0 for 4 with a strike out.
September call-ups: Major League rosters expand on Sept. 1 and with that the Bisons lost five players to promotion -- relief pitchers Aaron Loup and Ryan Tepera, infielder Munenori Kawaski and outfielder Dalton Pompey were recalled by the Jays. Pitcher Jeff Francis had his contract selected by the Jays to add him to the 40-man roster.
Gibbons on roster moves: Manager John Gibbons discussed the call-ups with media in Toronto before the Jays game with Cleveland on TuesdayL "Kawasaki gives us an extra infielder, Pompey an extra outfielder and pitching-wise we get a long guy because Francis can do that," Gibbons said. "Tepera is a multiple-inning guy and with 'Loupy' we brought him back to have a left-hander. You don't want to overload everything. Those guys fit a role we can use."
Roster moves: Colt Hynes was designated for assignment. Ty Kelly cleared waivers and was outrighted to the Bisons. Lefty reliever Chad Girodo was promoted from Double-A New Hampshire after going 2-0 with a 0.62 ERA in 21 appearances for the Fisher Cats. Also promoted from Double-A was outfielder Melky Mesa. Meanwhile the Blue Jays traded Chris Heisey to the L.A. Dodgers.
Girodo debut: It was the Triple-a debut for Girodo who began his third pro season this year in Single-A Dunedin and was promoted to New Hampshire on June 10. He gave up one hit that was erased by a double play while working the ninth inning for the Bisons.
Up next: The Bisons close out their home schedule at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday. Righty Donn Roach (2-4, 5.87) will make his Herd debut while Syracuse is scheduled to start righty Paolo Espino (7-6, 3.39). The Bisons close out the season on the road, playing two games at Scranton/Wilke-Barre and three in Pawtucket.