Runs and wins have been difficult for the Buffalo Bisons to come by at home.
The Herd dropped a 9-1 decision to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs at Coca-Cola Field Saturday night. The game was called with one out in the bottom of the ninth after a quick but heavy rain storm flooded the infield, making it unplayable.
It was the sixth straight loss at home for the Bisons who have scored just seven runs over that span.
The IL North: The Bisons are now seven games behind first-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with Lehigh Valley in second place, four games back. "I think we found out here in the last week, week and a half, that Scranton and Lehigh Valley are significantly better than us right now," Bisons manager Gary Allenson said. "We have to have our A game working from all three spots – pitching, hitting and defense – and we’re not getting it now and they’re taking advantage of it. We’ve still got, I don’t know 50 games to go, something like that. But we’re dropping back there and we’ve got to start turning it around. I’ve seen stranger things happen."
With two outs: The bulk of the damage came with two outs in the second which saw six straight hits off Bisons' starter Scott Diamond, including two home runs -- a solo home run from Cameron Perkins and a three-run homer from Taylor Featherston. By the end of the inning, the Iron Pigs had a 5-0 lead.
With two outs Part II: In the ninth with two outs, J.P. Crawford hit a three-run home run, in a steady rain, expanding the Iron Pigs run to 9-0.
Home run: The rain was driving when Matt Dominguez drove a 3-2 pitch over the left center field wall with one out in the ninth. It was his 10th home run of the season -- the best on the Bisons.
Streak: Catcher Tony Sanchez doubled in the third -- his 23rd straight game of reaching base safely. That's the longest active streak in the International League. Since May 21 he is averaging .253 (19 for 75) but also has 10 walks over that span. During the streak he has three doubles, two homers and has driven in seven runs.
He's got an arm: Dalton Pompey has had some bad luck on the injury front, but there's no issue with his arm. In the sixth he gunned a throw to Sanchez to catch Darin Ruf at home plate. Ruf, who led off with a double, was trying to score on a single by Perkins.
First pitch: It was Olympic Night at the ballpark and Adam Page, gold medalist with the U.S. Sled Hockey team, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Counting the house: There were 7,439 at Coca-Cola Field Saturday night.
Up next: The Bisons concluded the series and homestand at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. Righty Casey Lawrence (1-2, 6.75) is scheduled to start for the Herd with Lehigh Valley starting lefty Anthony Vasquez (2-0, 3.23). Then comes the Triple-A All Star Break. The Herd is off until June 14 when they meet the Iron Pigs again, this time in Allentown, Pa. The Herd returns home June 18 against Norfolk.