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RailRiders cause Bisons’ 8th straight loss

Wednesday afternoon’s 6-0 loss to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in Moosic, Pa., was the eighth in a row for Buffalo. The Bisons have not scored a run in their last 18 innings. Six of the last 12 runs against them were unearned. They have just one extra-base hit in their last 89 plate appearances. Three of their five baserunners in Wednesday’s loss were erased on double plays.

Aside from that, all is well for the Bisons, who will begin a four-game home series against the Syracuse Chiefs at Coca-Cola Field on Thursday night (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.).

Dog days of July: Wednesday’s loss left the Bisons with a 6-18 record for the month after they tore through June with a 19-10 mark. It also dropped the Herd below .500 (52-53) for the first time since May 21.

Always behind: The Bisons never had a lead in getting swept by the RailRiders in Tuesday’s doubleheader and Wednesday’s single game. They were behind at the end of every inning except four (tied) in the three game set.

Lawrence’s demise: Bisons starter Casey Lawrence almost escaped trouble of his own making before giving up a two-run double by Ben Gamel with two out in the Scranton third inning. Lawrence’s throwing error on a sacrifice bunt by Jose Rosario put runners at second and third with no outs in the inning.

Costly error No. 2: Two of the three RailRider runs in the sixth crossed on a throwing error by first baseman Matt Dominguez. The third run scored on a sacrifice fly by Rosario.

Yankees style relief: After Brady Lail of the New York affiliate shut out the Bisons for seven innings on three hits with one walk and six strikeouts, Johnny Barbato pitched a perfect eighth and Kirby Yates put the Herd down in order in the ninth.

Brown’s streak alive: Domonic Brown’s 12-game hit streak, the second longest going in the International League, is still in play because he did not play Wednesday.

Did somebody say playoffs?: The Bisons, who once were in contention for at least the wild-card berth in the I.L. playoffs are now 15 games behind the first-place RailRiders (67-38) and 12 games behind wild-card leader Lehigh Valley (64-41) before Wednesday night’s game.

No wasted time: It took the RailRiders only 2 hours and 9 minutes to dispose of the Bisons on Wednesday and send them packing on the long bus ride back to Buffalo.

Up next: Right-hander Drew Hutchison (6-4, 3.19) will start the opener for Buffalo against right-hander A.J. Cole (6-7, 4.44) of the Chiefs.

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