Daniel Norris' first start for the Buffalo Bisons went well enough Wednesday night against the Durham Bulls. The problem was he had no run support in a 1-0 loss.
The 22-year-old lefty pitching prospect lasted into the sixth inning, making his first start since he was sent down by the Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend. He left after throwing 95 pitches, 53 for strikes. Norris allowed four hits and walked three.
Meanwhile, the Bisons' hitting woes continued. After being shut out, 7-0, on Tuesday night, the Herd was blanked again by right-hander Dylan Florio and three relievers including former big leaguer Grant Balfour. The Durham pitchers did not issue a walk.
Buffalo hasn't been able to get a runner as far as third base, let alone score a run in Durham, where the Bisons are just 5-21 in their last 26 games at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
One is enough: Taylor Motter doubled with one out in th e third inning for Durham, and after Nick Franklin walked Mikie Mahtook singled to center to drive home the only run the Bulls needed. J.P. Arencibia and Corey Brown, who murdered Buffalo pitching on Tuesday, were a combined 1 for 5 with no runs and no RBIs. Arencibia had a first-inning single. He also grounded into a double play to end a Durham threat in the third inning.
Hague extends streak: Bisons first baseman Matt Hague lined a single in the ninth to extend hit hitting streak to seven games.
Home run drought: The Bisons have not hit a home run in 354 at-bats going back to April 25. They were held to five hits Wednesday night, including doubles by Andy Burns and Melky Mesa.
Korecky back: Relief pitcher Bobby Korecky was activated off the Herd's disabled list Tuesday and left-hander Luis Perez was transferred to Double-A New Hampshire of the Eastern League.
Castro debut: Twenty-year-old right-hander Miguel Castro, who started the season with the Blue Jays, will make his Triple-A debut when the Bisons face the Bulls in the series finale Thursday morning (Radio 1520, 11 a.m.). Right-hander Matt Andriese (0-0, 0.00) will oppose him for the Bulls.
Blankety-blank: After their second shutout in two nights against Durham, the Bisons are now 3-6 in shutout games, losing their last five.
At the gate: An announced 7,599 turned out in 78-degree weather under partly cloudy skies on Tobacco Road for this one.
Bull-rushed: Buffalo has not won a season series against Durham since winning five of eight over the Bulls back in 2006.
What's ahead: After Thursday's game the Bisons will continue their Southern swing, opening a three-game series at Norfolk on Friday night. Buffalo went 2-2 against the Tides at Coca-Cola Field last week so the three weekend games will wrap up the season series between the clubs.