The Buffalo Bisons chipped away at the lead, but couldn’t come up with enough offense in a 3-2 loss to the Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park Monday night.
The loss kicked off the seven-game road trip for the Herd.
Rough start: The Clippers took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a pair of two-out home runs. Jesus Aguiliar had a two-run shot followed by a solo homer by James Ramsey.
Stretching out: The Bisons continue to give Miguel Castro more pitches to work with to try and stretch the righty back into a full-fledged starter. The good news: He reached 57 pitches on Monday. That’s his highest pitch count in his three outings with the Herd. His first start reached 35 pitches and his second was 43. The bad news: he lasted only 2∑ innings and gave up three runs on five hits, including two home runs, with a walk.
Hot bat for Glenn: Brad Glenn continued to show offensive power, belting a solo home run in the sixth. Glenn regained his plate presence during the Herd’s home stand when he hit in six of the seven games. The outfielder averaged .481 (13 for 27) with four doubles, a home run and six RBI. The stretch raised Glenn’s season average 68 points from .177 to .245. He finished Monday’s game 1 for 4, keeping his average at .245.
Hit means a run: With one out and runners on first and second, Dalton Pompey singled to right field. The hit scored a run and brought the Herd within one, 3-2, and put runners on the corners. The rally ended with back-to-back swinging strikeouts by Chris Dickerson and Matt Hague.
Pitching duel: The series between the Bisons and Columbus features the two best pitching staffs in the International League. Buffalo entered Monday’s game with a league-best 2.50 ERA while the Clippers were third-best at 2.92.
Roster move: The Toronto Blue Jays announced they will recall right-handed pitcher Scott Copeland. He was scheduled to start for the Bisons on Wednesday. Copeland has a 3-1 record with a 2.43 ERA with the Herd this year. A corresponding roster move will be announced Tuesday.
Pitchers of record: Miguel Castro (0-1) took the loss, giving up the three runs. Columbus starter Jordan Cooper (2-1) picked up the win, giving up two runs on five hits in 6∑ innings with four walks and three strikeouts. Giovanni Soto gave up one hit in two innings for his first save.
Time of game: 2:39 after a 20-minute rain delay at the start.
Paid attendance: 8,171
Up next: The series in Columbus continues at 10:35 a.m. Tuesday. Felix Doubront (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is the scheduled starter for the Herd. The Clippers will start Jhoulys Chacin (0-1, 7.71).