Opening Night for the Buffalo Bisons and the Pawtucket Red Sox was not fit for hitters. Pitchers, on the other hand, were in top form.
On a chilly 44-degree night in Rhode Island, the Red Sox took a 2-0 decision from the Bisons before 3,052 people in McCoy Stadium. The season opener had been delayed a day because of the weather on Thursday.
Henry Owens, one of the PawSox’ top pitching prospects, shut the Bisons down. He allowed one hit over six innings, striking out eight and walking three. Buffalo only managed three hits on the night and struck out 14 times.
Drew Hutchison, the Bisons’ starting pitcher, was a classic hard-luck loser. He allowed one hit in five innings and struck out nine, but he gave up a second-inning run that proved to be the difference in the game.
Striking first: Justin Maxwell walked in the bottom of the second inning. He stole second, and then came around to score on a double by Allen Craig. Sean Coyle provided some insurance with a seventh-inning homer.
All singles: The Buffalo offense was provided by Jesus Montero, Casey Kotchman and Jio Mier. The Herd never had more than one baserunner during the course of the game.
Back to work: The two teams will make up Thursday’s cancelled game by playing a twin bill on Saturday. Starting time for the opener is 12:05 p.m. (Radio 1520 AM). Scott Diamond will pitch the opener for the Bisons, while the hurler in the nightcap hasn’t been announced. Sean O’Sullivan will oppose Diamond for Pawtucket, and the PawSox have yet to pick their starter for Game Two. Buffalo’s home opener is on Thursday.