The Buffalo Bisons usually embrace the opportunity to play the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. But the best the Bisons could do Tuesday was a split.
The Bisons dropped Tuesday’s continuation of a suspended game from Monday to Lehigh Valley, 3-1, in Allentown, Pa. The Herd followed it up with a 3-1 victory of their own in Tuesday’s regularly scheduled game. Buffalo is 8-2 against the IronPigs this season.
Darin Ruf recorded both RBIs Monday before the rain stopped the game. On Tuesday, Tyler Henson’s RBI single gave the IronPigs a 3-0 lead. Steve Tolleson’s RBI single in the sixth brought in Jonathan Diaz for the Bisons’ lone run. Andrew Albers allowed one run in 4∑ innings of relief of Monday’s starter, Felix Doubront.
Chad Billingsley, rehabbing from a strained right shoulder, threw three innings Tuesday, allowing three hits, a walk and a run to earn the victory. Jake Diekman threw two shutout innings to record his third save of the season.
In game two, Matt Hague went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Jeff Francis surrendered one run on three hits.
Pitcher’s best friend: The Herd had eight base runners and hit into four double plays in the opener. Albers, however, helped himself by turning a rarely-seen 1-4-2 double play with runners on first and third. Albers fielded a comebacker, fired to second baseman Andy Burns, who threw home. Sean Ochinko applied the tag.
Double trouble: Albers surrendered lead-off doubles in three of five innings, including twice to Phelps. The runner, however, only scored in one of three innings.
On a roll: In his last two starts, Francis is 2-0 with 10 strikeouts in 10 innings. He’s allowed just one earned run on nine hits and walked none.
Records: Buffalo 32-34; Lehigh Valley 24-43.
What’s next: The Bisons continue their four-game set with IronPigs at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Radio 1520 AM) with Buffalo’s Randy Wolf (5-1, 2.70 ERA) going against Lehigh Valley’s Adam Morgan (0-6, 4.61 ERA).