Randy Wolf was 3-0 after his first three starts this season for the Buffalo Bisons. In 13 starts since, Wolf has only a 2-1 record so show for it despite pitching deeply in most outings.
The veteran left-hander ended up with another no-decision Sunday night as the Herd defeated the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 6-4, at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa. The RailRaiders handed the Bisons their 13th shutout loss of the season, 4-0, in the afternoon game of the split doubleheader, ending a three-game Buffalo win streak.
Wolf left with a 4-1 lead after throwing 95 pitches through six innings. That lead was erased when Juan Graterol hit a three-run homer against Bisons reliever Miguel Castro.
Ironically, Even though he was the last effective of four Buffalo pitchers, Castro (1-2) became the winning pitcher when the Herd scored twice in the top of the seventh. Luke Scott’s double in the seventh produced the go-ahead run.
Ground-ball attack: Three of the six Buffalo runs in the night game came across on ground outs in the infield. Another scored home on a fielder’s choice error. Andy Burns had an RBI single in Buffalo’s four-run fourth inning.
Escape act: Chad Jenkins of the Bisons pitched out of a one-out bases-loaded situation in the seventh, getting the final two outs on fly balls to the outfield.
Empty bases: The Bisons didn’t exactly wear out the basepaths in the afternoon loss. they had five baserunners and none got beyond second base. They managed four scratch singles and Matt Hague was hit by a pitch to lead off the seventh. Hague advanced to second on Brad Glenn’s single, but Andy Burns grounded into a double play to end the inning.
High efficiency: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter Joel De La Cruz (6-0) threw only 53 pitches in his six-inning stint to win the opener. Thirty-nine were for strikes.
Losing debut: Joel Pineiro (0-1) took the loss in his first start for the Bisons. Pineiro allowed 10 hits and no walks in seven innings. He struck out six. After Pineiro threw 103 pitches he was relieved by Greg Burke, who faced only one batter before leaving the game with an apparent injury after he fielded a hard shot by Kyle Roller to lead off the eighth. Bobby Korecky completed the inning, allowing one hit and a walk.
Time of game: With De La Cruz so efficient, Sunday’s day game was completed in a crisp 2 hours, 5 minutes. The nightcap took 2:59.
Attendance: 5,579 on a sunny day and 73-degrees in Northeast Pennsylvania. Another 5,185 turned out for the night game with temperatures in the low 80s at the start..
What’s next: The teams will wrap up their four-game series Monday (Radio 1520 AM, 7 p.m.). Lefty Daniel Norris (0-1, 3.88) is scheduled to start for the Bisons against right-hander Jaron Long (5-5, 4.74). The Bisons head to Rochester on Tuesday for a three-game set.