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Quick hits: Bisons drop series finale against Charlotte

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, leaving only the diehards in the crowd.

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. From that point, however, 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 Matt 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).

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