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Fog brings Bisons-Railriders to a halt

Hard-throwing New York Yankees pitching prospect Bryan Mitchell looked good against the Buffalo Bisons on Monday night.

The 24-year-old for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre extended his scoreless innings streak to 19 by keeping the Bisons off the scoreboard through the first 3∏ innings.

The opening game of the three-game series was suspended by dense fog after 4½ innings with the RailRiders up, 2-1. It will be resumed as part of a single-admission doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The nightcap will be a seven-inning game.

Mitchell isn’t rated among the Yankees’ top 10 minor-league prospects but some scouting services have him among the next 10 prospects. He’s off to a good start in his second full season at Triple-A. He’s 4-4 with a 2.67 ERA.

Mitchell was throwing 97 mph against the Bisons. He struck out five batters and allowed five hits in four innings. Control has been his issue. He tends to throw a lot of pitches. Catcher Sean Ochinko had two of the Bisons’ hits.

“He’s got good stuff,” Bisons manager Gary Allenson said. “It didn’t look like we were going to do anything off him. If it wasn’t for Ochinko we wouldn’t have. He has a good fastball with some good life on it.”

Norris OK: Bisons starter Daniel Norris wasn’t as impressive as Mitchell but pitched reasonably well, allowing two runs and five hits through five innings. He walked three and needed 82 pitches.

“He’s done a good job this year of minimizing the damage and taking his time when he’s in trouble,” Allenson said. “I thought he did a pretty good job of that.”

Attendance: The paid crowd was 4,979.

Team records: The Bisons are third in the IL North at 28-29. The RailRiders are second at 31-27.

Short in OF: The Bisons were forced to use infielder Jonathan Diaz in center field for a second straight game due to a shortage of outfielders. Starting outfielder Chris Dickerson sat out a second straight game due to a sore throwing shoulder. Allenson held out Caleb Gindl as a precaution due to a sore hamstring. The Bisons lost 22-year-old prospect Dalton Pompey on Saturday when he was sent down to Double-A New Hampshire.

Sinking in North: Syracuse has lost 22 of its last 23 and has an IL-worst record of 18-39.

Yankees ace on tap: The No. 1-ranked prospect in the New York Yankees’ organization, Luis Severino, is scheduled to start Wednesday’s game, which begins at 10:35 a.m. Severino, from the Dominican Republic, is just 21 and could be the Yankees’ best pitching prospect in a decade.

What’s next: Scheduled starters for the nightcap Tuesday are Scott Copeland (4-1, 1.97) for Buffalo and Jaron Long (4-4) for the RailRiders.