Michael Fisher extended his hitting streak, Valentino Pascucci went yard again, but those were the only highlights for the Buffalo Bisons on Wednesday afternoon in a 9-3 loss to the Durham Bulls.
The Bisons conclude their eight-game road trip here tonight looking to earn their second consecutive four-game series split (7:05. 1520 AM).
The Herd hoped to build off a rare win Tuesday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The 9-1 triumph was Buffalo's first in Carolina since May 29, 2009. Instead, the Herd dropped their ninth decision in 10 games here although they bolted to a 1-0 lead in the first on Jason Botts' RBI single.
After Durham's Jose Lobaton tied it in the second with a home run, Pascucci followed with a solo shot of his own to left in the third. The first baseman has nine homers and leads all Bisons with 46 RBIs.
The Bulls took the lead for good in the bottom of the third and put the game out of reach with a five-run eighth, the big blow being reigning IL MVP Dan Johnson's three-run blast.
Fisher extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a seventh-inning single for the Herd.
The Herd lost shortstop Luis Figueroa to an undisclosed injury in the fifth.
Right-handed pitcher Jack Egbert has been called up from Single-A St. Lucie, where he was 0-2, 4.37 ERA in five starts, to start tonight for the Herd. Righty Josh Stinson was sent to Double-A Binghamton.
The Bisons will host a Buffalo Entertainment District Night at Coca-Cola Field at 7 p.m. Monday during the game against Norfolk. Tickets cost $7 and $1 from every ticket sold will go to Patrick Kaleta's HITS Foundation. Tickets can be purchased at the ballpark or at members of the Buffalo Entertainment District.