As they did to Randy Wolf the night before, the Louisville Bats roughed up another Buffalo left-hander Sunday night in an 8-4 victory over the Bisons at Louisville Slugger Field.
This time Andrew Albers was touched for six runs and five hits in three innings as the Herd fell behind, 6-0, and never caught up. Albers also walked two, hit two batters and balked in a run in the worst of his 11 starts this season.
Irving Falu led off with a double in the bottom of the first to start a rough outing for Albers. The next batter, Jermaine Curtis, was hit by a pitch. After two outs, the Bats pulled off a double-steal before Eugenio Suarez doubled home two runs. Yorman Rodriguez’s single brought home another.
Steve Selsky was hit by a pitch and Josh Satin walked to start the Louisville third. Suarez was safe at first on a sacrifice attempt to fill the bases. A single by Rodriguez, a sacrifice fly by Chris Dominquez and the balk accounted for three runs. Louisville added two more on four hits against Jeff Francis in the fourth.
Saturday night, Wolf, an effective starter nearly every time out, took a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth when the Bats scored five times to tie the game. Buffalo went on to win, 11-6, with a five-run explosion in the top of the eighth.
Going solo: After they were shut out on three singles for six inning by Louisville right-hander Dylan Axelrod, the Bisons broke through for two solo home runs in the seventh, one by Matt Hague, the other by Daric Barton.
Road woes: Sunday’s loss mean the Bisons have lost the final game of each of their four extended road trips this season.
Pitchers of record: Axelrod (3-3) got the win. Albers (2-8) has more losses than any other pitcher in the IL.
Team records: The Bisons (28-29) are fourth in the North Division of the IL, five games behind first-place Rochester. The Bats are 30-27.
Time of game: 2:44
Attendance: 8,733 on a 90-degree night in Blue Grass Country.
What’s next: The Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders make their first appearance of the season at Coca-Cola Field as they meet the Bisons for the first time Monday night (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). Lefty Daniel Norris (1-4, 3.31) is the scheduled starter for the Bisons in the opener of a seven-game homestand. Bryan Mitchell (4-4, 2.86) is the probable starter for the RailRiders. The RailRiders suffered a 4-3 loss at Rochester on Sunday.