The Buffalo Bisons’ four-game winning streak is history, but the Herd still can do something they’ve rarely done in Durham – winning a four-game series.
The Bisons (15-18) let a chance to win their third straight in Durham Bulls Athletic Park slip away as a throwing error opened the door for the Bulls (14-19) to push across the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth to take a 3-2 victory in the International League.
Richie Shaffer, who kept the inning alive with a bloop single, scored from third after Junior Lake’s relay throw missed both cut-off men following Nick Franklin’s double to right.
Zeroes: Buffalo starter Scott Diamond and Bulls counterpart Jaime Schultz both worked their way out of potential trouble early on thanks to defense and timely strikeouts. Schultz struck out seven in six innings, including two in the fifth inning after Alexi Casilla’s lead-off double.
Durham strikes: Durham sent seven men to the plate in the fifth to get to Diamond as Jeff Decker and Daniel Robertson drove in runs.
Battling Back: Casey Kotchman’s grounder in the sixth and Jesus Montero’s sac-fly in the eighth drove in the Bisons’ runs.
Next: The series concludes at 11:05 a.m. Thursday. Lefty Wade LeBlanc (3-1, 2.21 ERA) starts for the Herd, which tries to win a series at DBAP for just the third time in eight years.