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Travis returns, Norris solid but Bisons still lose

Devon Travis returned to the Buffalo Bisons on a Major League Rehabilitation stint and Daniel Norris again pitched an impressive game.

Still, the Bisons couldn’t generate any offense, suffering their 11th shutout of the season in a 3-0 loss to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa., Thursday night.

Time heals: Travis hasn’t played for the Toronto Blue Jays since May 16 and his recovery from left shoulder inflammation has been in fits and starts. He went 1 for 5 with three strikeouts Thursday after playing three games with Double-A New Hampshire. What Travis learned most with this injury is the importance, and frustration, of rest. “I think the biggest thing was the rest and the opportunity for the swelling to go down and once the swelling goes down then you can finally start doing strength stuff,” he said. “When the swelling is up, there really isn’t much you can do activity wise. ... I haven’t had a day where I played and felt worst the next day. That’s the biggest thing.”

Norris and run support: It was the sixth loss for Daniel Norris with the Herd but in those six losses the Bisons have combined to score just five runs. He gave up three straight hits in the sixth before he was lifted, finishing with 101 pitches, 58 for strikes. He gave up two runs on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Top prospect: The Herd’s lack of offense came against the top pitching prospect in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Aaron Nola made his Triple-A debut, giving up four hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in five innings. He threw 98 pitches, 68 for strikes to pick up the win.

Hit streak: Matt Hague extended his hitting streak to four games with a single in the fourth.

Time of game: 3:05

Paid attendance: 8,045

Up next: The Bisons start a three-game series in Syracuse on Friday. Matt Boyd (0-1, 1.29) is scheduled to get the start for the Herd in the 7:05 p.m. game. Syracuse will start A.J. Cole (0-3, 4.76). The Bisons are off on Monday and return to Buffalo on Tuesday.