The Buffalo Bisons are finished playing the Indianapolis Indians this season. And that’s just fine with the Herd.
The Bisons struggled against Indy, going just 1-5 in the season series, ending with a 3-0 loss at Victory Field Wednesday afternoon.
In the five losses, the Bisons were outscored, 26-11. The only win for the Herd in the series was the 12-3 explosion on Monday night.
Woeful offense: It was the ninth time the Bisons have been shutout this season. The Herd had eight hits including two singles each from Andy Burns, Dalton Pompey and Sean Ochinko but the team went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
Costly strikeout: Daniel Norris got into a jam in the first inning. He walked the leadoff batter then gave up back-to-back bunt singles to load the bases. A popup fielded by catcher Sean Ochinko got the first out. Norris then got Tony Sanchez to strike out swinging, but the ball got away from the plate. Norris was charged with a wild pitch and Indy scored its first, and ultimately game-winning, run.
Norris: The wildpitch run was followed by a solo home run given up to Pedro Florimon in the second. But Norris settled in. He gave up three earned runs on seven hits and his final strikeout total was eight. He never walked a batter after that one to lead off the first. He threw 97 pitches in seven innings of work with 69 of them for strikes.
Pitching staff: The home run given up by Norris was just the 20th surrendered by the Bisons pitching staff this year. Entering Wednesday’s games, the Herd led the International League with a 2.74 ERA.
Streak ends: Matt Hague’s streak of multi-hit games ended at five. In the lineup as the designated hitter, Hague went 1 for 4 on Wednesday. In the previous five games he went 11 for 18 (.611). He still tops the International League in hits (70), doubles (17) and RBI (34).
Roster moves: Infielder Ryan Schimpf was activated off the temporary inactive list and transferred to Double-A New Hampshire.
Pitchers of record: Norris fell to 1-4. Clayton Richard (2-1) threw 7 2/3 innings of scoreless ball, giving up eight hits with four strikeouts. A.J. Morris recorded his second save, giving up no hits in 1 1/3 innings.
Time of game: 2:09
Paid attendance: 7,997
Records: The Bisons slipped below .500 again. They are 26-27. Indianapolis is 32-22.
Up next: The Bisons start a four-game series at Louisville at 7:05 Thursday. Scott Copeland (3-1, 2.21) is the scheduled starter for the Herd while David Holmberg (3-3, 4.73) starts for the Bats. The Bisons rotation includes Felix Doubront (0-0, 0.82) pitching Friday and Randy Wolf (4-1, 1.93) pitching Saturday. The Herd returns home June 8 for a seven-game homestand.