The long trudge to the finish line is nearly over for the Buffalo Bisons.
The Herd suffered its fifth straight loss and 12th in the last 14 games, falling to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 5-3, Saturday night at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa. It was the 15th loss in the Herd’s last 16 games against the New York Yankees affiliate. Scranton was 16-5 in the season series between the teams.
Buffalo never led in this one, falling behind after two innings, 5-0. The Bisons runs came in the fourth inning when Jio Mier’s double drove in both.
Lawrence holds up: Although he did not get the win, Bisons starter Casey Lawrence pitched into the seventh inning for the third time in his last four starts. Saturday, he allowed four hits and five runs (four earned) while striking out a season-high seven. He’s allowed only five home runs in 87 innings pitched for Buffalo this season.
Shutout city: The Bisons have suffered 14 shutout losses in 2016. Five of them by the RailRiders.
Bronx reinforcements: Gary Sanchez, Tyler Austin, Aaron Judge are just a few of the RailRiders who are now playing for the parent Yankees. Sanchez hit 10 home runs in 71 games in the International League for the RailRiders. He hit 11 in his first 26 games in the big leagues for the Bombers.
Up next: The Bisons move on to Pawtucket, R.I., for their final two games of the season against the Red Sox (Radio 1520, 6:05 p.m.). Right-hander Scott Copeland (3-3. 3.45) is the scheduled starter for the Herd against right-hander Justin Haley (7-6, 3.96), who has been the starting pitcher in two shutout victories over Buffalo this season. The Bisons will wrap up their season with a 1:05 game in Pawtucket on Monday.