It might take some digging into the record books, but research may show that the six-game road trip the Buffalo Bisons completed Sunday was the most unproductive in the modern history of the franchise. It has to be a contender.
The Herd completed an 0-for-6 trip to North Carolina and Virginia with another loss Sunday, 1-0 to the Tides at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Va.
It was the fourth time the Bisons were shut out in the six games, the third time by 1-0. The Bisons scored only five runs on the trip and had just one lead, 3-2 on Friday against Norfolk.
Norfolk scored its run against hard-luck loser Andrew Albers (1-5, 2.29) in the sixth inning when Julio Borbon led off with a double and went to third when left fielder Chris Dickerson misplayed the ball. Borbon scored on a sacrifice fly by Rey Navarro.
In his five losses, Albers has given up nine earned runs total. The Bisons have scored a grand total of five runs in those five games.
Home, at last: Happy, no doubt, to be off the road, the Bisons return home Monday to Coca-Cola Field for a seven-game stand starting with the opener of a four-game series against the Durham Bulls (6 p.m., Radio 1520 Am.), The Toledo Mud Hens will follow the Bulls into town for a three-game set starting Friday night.
Ugly numbers: As a team,the Bisons batted .192 on the trip with 42 hits in 218 at-bats. Throw out the 16 for 56 in the 14-inning loss at Norfolk on Friday and the average is .160.
Scoring error? Norfolk’s run was ruled as unearned by the official scorer because Borbon took third on his double because of an error before scoring on a sacrifice fly. Later in the inning, however, Nolan Reimold singled on the ground to left. In the opinion of the official scorer, though, Reimold’s hit would not have scored Borbon from second.
Odd statistic: The Bisons were 2 for 6 with runners in scoring position Sunday, but did not score. How’s that? Ryan Schimpf beat out a hit to first with Andy Burns on second in the first inning. After Schimpf reached safely, pitcher Eddie Gamboa’s throw to the plate nailed Burns. In the ninth with runners at first and second, Matt Hague lined a single to left but Dalton Pompey could advance only to third. Jonathan Diaz struck out to end the inning and strand three baserunners. Buffalo left nine runners on base.
Home run drought: Buffalo’s last home run was April 25. The Bisons have gone 512 at-bats since the departed Chris Colabello went deep against Lehigh Valley
Attendance: The Tides reported paid attendance of 4,032 in a cloudy day with temperatures in the 80s. There was a 21-minute rain delay during the game.
The records: Bisons 15-15, Norfolk 17-13.
What’s next: In what could be an audition for a return to Toronto, lefty Daniel Norris (0-1, 1.59) will start for the Bisons against Dylan Floro (3-2, 3.82) of the Bulls. The same two starting pitchers were on the mound last Wednesday; the Bulls won, 1-0.