Buffalo gave up the lead early and never recovered Friday night, dropping a 2-1 game to the Louisville Bats at Louisville Slugger Field in the second game of the four-game weekend series between the International League teams.
Buffalo managed to break through for a run in the fifth inning against Louisville reliever Jose De La Torre on a one-out walk to Andy Burns and singles by Josh Thole and Dalton Pompey. Ramon Santiago grounded into a double play to end the rally.
That was it for the Herd although Pompey doubled to lead off the eighth and got as far as third with two outs. Matt Hague grounded out to pitcher Nate Adcock to end the threat.
Gopher emerges: Felix Doubront of the Bisons had not allowed a home run in the first 22 innings he pitched for the Bisons this season. Jermaine Curtis, the second batter Doubront faced Friday, drove a ball on the line over the left-center field fence to end the skein. The Bats quickly added a second run in the inning when Steve Selsky doubled and eventually scored on an infield grounder. Three Bisons pitchers shut out Louisville after that but the damage had already been done.
Escape act: Doubront walked the bases full in the third inning but got out of it by striking out Eugenio Suarez and getting Chris Dominguez to hit a pop foul. Dominguez was called out on fan interference as first baseman Daric Barton attempted to make the catch.
Stranded: The Bisons had runners on base in every inning but the second and third but could only get one home. Buffalo, which leads the International League in left on base, stranded six to bring their season total to 424.
Double trouble: The Bisons grounded into two double plays and Luke Scott lined into a twin-killing when second baseman Irving Falu gloved his drive and threw to first to double up Chris Dickerson.
Say good night, Richie: Bisons hitting coach Richie Hebner was ejected by umpire Ian Fazio in the top of the fourth inning.
Coke time: Veteran pitcher Phil Coke made his second appearance for the Bisons since he was activated on Tuesday. He pitched the eighth inning, allowing a single by Yorman Rodriguez, with one out, but retired the next two batters.
Time of game: 2:38.
Records: Bisons (27-28), Louisville (29-26).
Attendance: 9,425 on an 84-degree night in Kentucky.
Up next: The series will continue with a 6:05 p.m. game Saturday. Left-hander Randy Wolf (4-1, 1.93) of the Bisons is scheduled to oppose right-hander Donovan Hand (1-2, 3.51) of the Bats. The teams will wrap up their season series at 6:05 p.m. on Sunday.