Louisville got on the board early and held off a late Buffalo Bisons rally for a 5-2 win at Coca-Cola Field Saturday afternoon.
The Bats knocked around Casey Lawrence, making his second career Triple A start and first since 2013. Lawrence gave up three runs on four hits in the second when Louisville did its most damage.
Cycle in the second: Louisville hit for the cycle in the inning and jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Steve Selskey led off with a triple on a ball that got behind Bisons’ center fielder Melky Mesa. Yorman Rodriguez followed that with an RBI double while Chris Dominguez homered after that. Irving Falu had a two-out single and advanced to third on an error by third baseman Matt Hague, but never scored.
On the board: Trailing, 4-0, the Herd got the board in the sixth thanks to three straight singles. A hit from Chris Colabello scored Andy Burns from third. A hard-hit fielder’s choice by Brad Glenn cut the deficit to 4-2.
Shaky start: Casey Lawrence made the start for the Herd, fresh off his promotion from Double-A New Hampshire. It was his second career Triple-A start and it was iffy going early. He gave up three runs on four hits, including a home run, in the second. He induced a double play in the fourth and struck out the side in the sixth but was lifted after giving up back-to-back one out singles in the seventh.
Striking out the side: Twice Bisons pitchers struck out the side. Lawrence did it in the sixth, with two strikeouts looking, while Ryan Tepera got all three Bats’ hitters to strike out swinging in the eight. In total, Bisons pitchers had nine strikeouts.
History happened here: The enforcement of the new pace of play rules began May 1 and the first automatic strike was awarded at Coca-Cola Field on Saturday. In the first inning, the home plate umpire ruled Ivan De Jesus took too much time getting into the batters’ box and he stepped to the plate with an 0-1 count. He flew out to center field on the next pitch.
First series loss: With an unbalanced scheduled in the IL this year, the Herd’s series with Louisville was just three games. With two straight losses, the Bisons will lose their first series of the season regardless of Sunday’s outcome.
Derby Day Fast Fact: The Bisons have hosted the Louisville Bats on Kentucky Derby Day in five of the last seven years. The last time was 2013 when the Bisons won the baseball game and Orb won the most famous horse race.
Pitchers of record: Louisville starter Raisel Iglesias (1-1) picked up his first win giving up two runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts in seven innings.Same LeCure picked up the save. Casey Lawrence (0-1) took the loss giving up four runs on nine hits with six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
Time of game: 2:24
Paid attendance: 6,592
Records: The Bisons are 14-9. Louisville is 10-13.
Next up: The series and homestands concludes at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. Randy Wolf (3-0, 1.57) is scheduled to start for the Herd with David Holmberg (0-3, 10.59) starting for Louisville.