The Buffalo Bisons found some success with their relievers but their rally came up short, in a 6-2 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium Saturday night.
Held to just three hits over the first seven innings by starter Zeke Spruill, the Herd rallied for runs in the eighth and had an opportunity with the bases loaded in the ninth, but Ty Kelly grounded into a double play to end the game.
Early hole: The PawSox built a 4-0 lead. In the first after two were out, Scott Copeland issued back-to-back walks to fill the bases then gave up an RBI single to Humberto Quintero. With one out in the second back-to-back doubles by Matt Spring and Mike Miller extended the lead to 2-0. Pawtucket doubled its lead in the sixth when Aneury Tavarez hit a two-run home run.
Nothing on Spruill: The Bisons managed just three hits against the PawSox righty – two by Alex Hassan and a double by Jonathan Diaz. He struck out five and walked two in his seven innings.
Getting to the pen: In the eighth, the Herd had success against Pat Light. Singles by Caleb Gindl, Ty Kelly and Ryan Schimpf loaded the bases with one out and Matt Hague’s single drove in two runs.
Bisons bullpen: Ben Rowen pitched 1∏ hitless innings with a walk and two strikeouts but Bobby Korecky gave up two runs on two hits in the eighth.
Hague watch: Hague how has 176 hits. With two games left in the season, he trails Jhonny Peralta by five for the Bisons’ modern era record.
Rough outing: It was a difficult finale for Copeland, who was named the Bisons’ 2015 Warren Spahn Most Valuable Pitcher. He gave up four runs on nine hits in 5∑ innings. He issued four walks with six strikeouts and gave up a two-run home run. Copeland’s 11 wins are the most for a Buffalo pitcher since 2010.
Up next: The series continues at 6:05 p.m. Sunday with righty Todd Redmond (2-7, 4.33) scheduled to start against lefty Rich Hill (3-1, 1.37). The season concludes at 1:05 p.m. Monday with Marcus Stroman scheduled to make a rehabilation start for the Bisons.