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Bisons’ bats wake up to earn split of twin-bill

It was not a day for a leisurely Sunday morning brunch for the Buffalo Bisons and Pawtucket Red Sox. The teams had their game on Saturday night rained out, and the contest was rescheduled for Sunday as part of a double-header. The catch was that the first game started at the unusual time of 11:30 a.m.

The PawSox were wide awake in the opener, taking a 6-0 decision. But the Herd bounced back in the nightcap to earn the split with a 6-3 victory.

Here’s the pitch: Only a total of three pitchers took part in the first game. That’s unusual in today’s game, even if the contest only lasted seven innings.

Justin Haley went the distance for Pawtucket. He allowed only five hits and struck out four in pitching a complete game his first at Triple-A.

For Buffalo, starter Mike Bolsinger was on a pitch count limit. He looked good until the third inning, when Marco Hernandez tripled down the right-field line to drive home Ryan LaMarre. That was it for Bolsinger.

Jason Berken came on in relief, and he finished up for the Herd. Berken had been called up from Double-A New Hampshire on Saturday. He allowed four runs on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks. The outing did give the rest of the Buffalo bullpen some rest, since there was another game to play.

Offensive star: Christian Vazquez of Pawtucket went 3 for 3 and drove in three runs. He is considered one of the top defensive catchers in all of baseball.

Bouncing back: It took until the second inning of the nightcap for the Bisons to score a run on the day. Darrell Ceciliani took care of that with a homer to right. It was his ninth of the season.

Buffalo scored three more runs in the third to take control. Jo Mier opened with a double and scored on Dalton Pompey’s single. Andy Burns’ double moved Pompey to third, and Pompey scored on a wild pitch. Matt Dominguez made it 4-0 with a sacrifice fly. The Bisons added single runs in the fourth and sixth innings.

Bit of trouble: Casey Lawrence (3-4) was in great shape until the first four batters in the bottom of the fourth reached base. But the Bisons pitcher got out of trouble by recording three straight outs. Dustin Antolin blanked the Red Sox in the sixth, and Ryan Tepera was perfect in earning his 17th save of the season.

Sean O’Sullivan (6-5) took the loss for Pawtucket.

Next up: The Bisons have a rare off-day on Monday. It will be back to work as they start a homestand on Tuesday night against Indianapolis (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). Scott Copeland (0-1) is the scheduled starter.

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