The Buffalo Bisons wasted one of their best pitching performances of the season on Sunday.
Jeff Francis went eight scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and one walk while recording seven strikeouts. But the Bisons’ offensive woes got the best of them yet again.
Tony Gwynn Jr. drove in Kevin Keyes for the lone run of the game in the bottom of the 10th as the Syracuse Chiefs bested the Bisons, 1-0. Taylor Jordan allowed just two hits in seven innings for Syracuse. Buffalo took two of three games in the series.
Pitchers of record: Bruce Billings (2-3), who has started 11 of his 13 games this season, pitched one inning of scoreless relief to record the victory. Andrew Albers (2-9) has also started 11 of his 13 appearances this season but was called upon in the 10th. He only recorded one out before Gwynn’s walk-off single.
Offenses go silent: The Bisons have scored one run or fewer in nine of 21 games this month.
Who’s got the power?: No player on either squad had an extra-base hit. The two teams combined for 10 hits and the Bisons’ Devon Travis was the only player with more than one hit.
Streaks snapped: Caleb Gindl (six games), Matt Hague (five), Luke Scott (four), Andy Burns (three) and Daric Barton (three) all saw their hit streaks snapped Sunday.
Roster moves: The Blue Jays optioned pitchers Phil Coke, Ryan Tepera and Scott Copeland to Buffalo following their 13-9 loss to Baltimore Sunday. Copeland, Sunday’s starter, was hit hard for eight hits and seven runs in 1.1 innings. He had gone 4-1 with a 1.97 ERA in 45.2 innings for the Bisons before being called up to the majors. Coke had a 5.68 ERA in 12.2 innings for the Blue Jays and Tepera had a 2.77 ERA in 13 innings. Coke had a 0.00 ERA for Buffalo in four innings and Tepera went 1-1 with a 0.57 ERA in 15.2 innings.
Time: 2:21 (plus 2:11 delay)
Records: Buffalo 34-37, Syracuse 24-46
What’s next: Following a 3-4 road trip, the Bisons are off Monday and will travel back to Buffalo to begin a three-game series at Coca-Cola Field against Lehigh Valley starting Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. The Herd opened the season 7-1 against the IronPigs but dropped three out of four to them on the road last week.