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Inside pitch: Early miscues derail Bisons as SWB completes sweep

Small mistakes cost the Buffalo Bisons in the first inning of a 7-2 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Wednesday.

The RailRiders scored three runs in a first inning that Bisons starter Felix Doubront might have escaped unscathed. He was just a fraction of a second late covering the bag on a grounder to first, and leadoff hitter Mason Williams beat the throw. Cole Figueroa then doubled. The next batter, Rob Refsnyder, hit a hard come-backer to the mound. Doubront wheeled and froze Figueroa four steps off the bag, but the throw to second was too low and the bases were loaded. That opened the door for a big inning.

“Felix, if he does his PFP today he comes out of the first inning with no runs,” said Bisons manager Gary Allenson, referring to pitcher fielding practice. “He was late covering first. The comebacker where he threw it away, that guy’s not there if we cover first base in time.”

Injury note: Chris Dickerson made his first start in four days but re-injured his shoulder during an at-bat in the fourth inning. He had to leave the game. Designated hitter Luke Scott (sore foot) sat out and is day to day.

Roster move: Scott Copeland was recalled to Toronto and started for the Blue Jays against Miami. He was needed because Blue Jays scheduled starter Aaron Sanchez was sore. The Jays optioned infielder Munenori Kawasaki to Buffalo. The Bisons also activated pitcher Austin Bibens-Dirkx off the disabled list.

Pitchers of record: Luis Severino (1-0), the top-rated prospect in the Yankees organization, looked very good in holding the Bisons to four hits and two runs over 5∑ innings. Doubront (0-2) took the loss.

Time of Game: 2:40.

Paid attendance: 15,614. The Bisons have drawn 514,193 to 35 School Kids Days since 1988.

Records: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre improved to 34-27, best in the IL North. The three-game sweep gave it eight wins in its last 11. Buffalo is 28-32, 5½ games out of first.

Slow June: The Bisons are home just 11 dates this month but will be home 15 days in July.

Next up: The Bisons play a doubleheader Thursday against Charlotte, starting at 4:05 p.m. The early start will help the grounds crew to get Coca-Cola Field ready for Friday’s Taste of Country concert, expected to draw 25,000. Scheduled starters for Charlotte are Scott Carroll (3-1) and Miguel Chalas (0-0). Randy Wolf (4-1) will start the opener for the Bisons. Charlotte stays in town Saturday (7:05 p.m.) and Sunday (1:05 p.m.).