Perhaps the rain delays of the past few days have rusted the Buffalo Bisons' game.
After playing just once in four days because of rainouts, the Herd dropped a doubleheader to the Ottawa Lynx at Lynx Stadium Friday night. Buffalo lost the opener, 3-2, and dropped the nightcap, 7-4.
"It's tough because once you get into a routine you want to build on that," Bisons' manager Marty Brown said of the unplanned time off. "It's hard to get any type of consistency and that's what's been happening lately with our ball club. But hey, you can't control Mother Nature so you have to do whatever you can to find a way to produce."
The Bisons committed two errors in the first inning of the nightcap and promptly fell behind, 4-0.
A solo home run by Ryan Garko and an RBI single by Jeff Liefer was the only offense the Herd could manage for the better part of the game.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, Mike Kinkade belted a two-run double, but Ernie Young flied out to end the game.
"We battled. That's what we're supposed to do, we're not going to quit, but I'm not satisfied with the result," Young said. "We're professionals so if we're losing we're not supposed to lay down and die, we're supposed to keep fighting. But to lose two games in one day stinks."
In the opener, the Bisons tied the game, 1-1, in the second inning on Young's homer.
The Lynx responded with another home run -- a two-run shot by Elie Whiteside in the fifth for a 3-1 lead.
Buffalo came back in the sixth thanks to a two-out RBI single by Garko, but the Herd failed to put a rally together.
The series continues today (1:05 p.m., Radio 1230, 1330) with lefty Brian Tallet (0-0, 2.84) scheduled to start for the Herd against right hander Dave Borkowski (1-2, 3.91).