Mother Nature finally relented and the Buffalo Bisons were able to finish off their series Sunday against the Charlotte Knights.
Unfortunately for the Herd, a day off would have been a welcome alternative to the result at Coca-Cola Field. The Knights salvaged one victory in the four-game series, coming away with a 2-1 win. The game was delayed exactly three hours by rain.
Charlotte opened the scoring with an unearned run in the first inning. Micah Johnson led off with a single, then advanced to second on an error on a pickoff attempt by Bisons starter Matt Boyd. Another throwing error, this one by Bisons shortstop Andy Burns, got Johnson to third base and put the Knights’ No. 2 hitter, Tyler Saladino, on first. An RBI groundout by Jason Coats plated Johnson.
The Knights got the winning run on a solo home run by center fielder Trayce Thompson in the fourth inning.
Bats go quiet: The Bisons tied the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the first inning with three hits, including an RBI double by designated hitter Luke Scott. Buffalo got just four hits the rest of the way.
Roster move: Outfielder Melky Mesa, who has given the Bisons good defense in center field since being called up from Double-A New Hampshire, was placed on the disabled list Sunday because of a pulled hamstring.
Pitchers of record: Knights starter Kyle Drabek, who appeared in 36 games over the past two seasons for the Bisons, improved to 2-4 on the season, going seven innings and allowing six hits and one earned run while striking out four and walking two. Bisons starter Boyd dropped his Triple-A debut.
Time of game: 2:16. Paid attendance: 7,253.
Team records: The Bisons were unable to get back to .500 on the season, falling to 31-33. Charlotte improved to 34-29.
What’s next: The Bisons start a seven-game road trip when they visit Lehigh Valley at 7:05 p.m. Monday. Lefty Felix Doubrount (0-2, 2.32 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Herd against left-hander Anthony Vasquez (3-1, 2.73).