News Staff Reports
Playing baseball before lunch times sometimes doesn’t agree with the Buffalo Bisons.
Playing baseball in Durham, N.C., never seems to agree with the Bisons.
Buffalo’s visit to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park this year was short and not too sweet, as the Bulls finished off a sweep of the Herd with a 4-2 victory. It’s the fourth time since 2010 that Durham has swept the Bisons, who have only five wins in 28 games in Durham over that span for a winning percentage of .179.
The third and final game of the series started at 11:05 a.m.; the Bisons will play three games this season that will start before noon. The teams have played four games a year in Durham in years past, but the schedule was adjusted this season.
Power failure: Once again, the Bisons had large difficulties solving the Bulls’ pitching staff. Buffalo did score a couple of runs in a game for the first time in the series, at least.
Danton Pompey and Matt Hague drove in runs with singles in the third inning. However, that was it for the scoring. Buffalo only had three other hits in the game, and finished with 14 for the series.
Early start: The Bulls wasted no time in taking the lead on Thursday. In the bottom of the first, a wild pitch by starter Miguel Castro plated Taylor Motter. Curt Casali singled in a second run.
A big relief: Todd Redmond was the hard-luck loser for the Herd. He came on with the bases loaded and no one out in the bottom of the second, and promptly struck out the side. However, Hak-Ju Lee scored in the bottom of the fourth inning on a double play, and that gave the Bulls the lead for good. Redmond (0-1) allowed two runs and five hits in 4.1 innings. Everett Teaford of Durham (2-1) was the winning pitcher.
Records: Buffalo 15-12, Durham 17-11.
What’s ahead: The Bisons start a three-game series in Norfolk on Friday night (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). Scott Copeland (2-1) will pitch for the Bisons, while T.J. McFarland (1-2) is the scheduled starter for the Tides.