Buffalo Bisons pitcher Scott Diamond had not allowed a walk or a home run in his first two starts of the International League season. Diamond extended that streak into the third inning of Monday night’s game against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at PNC Park in Moosic, Pa.
Suddenly both streaks ended after Diamond gave up a single to Chris Parmelee and retired Jonathan Diaz on a foul pop. After not walking any of the first 52 batters he faced this season, Diamond gave up a free pass to Ben Gamel. The next batter, Aaron Judge, drove his second home run to left to get the RailRiders off to a 3-0 lead on their way to a 7-0 triumph over the Herd.
Padding the lead: The RailRiders struck for another three-run frame in the fifth inning against Diamond. A walk, a single by Ben Gamel and a sacrifice fly by Judge produced one run. Another crossed when Rob Refsnyder reached on an error and Gary Sanchez tripled to score Refsnyder.
Diamond roughed: The Bisons' left-hander suffered his first loss after two winning starts in which he allowed only two earned runs in 12 innings. He allowed five hits and two walks in 4∏ innings on Tuesday.
Cloyd sharp: Scranton starter Tyler Cloyd, who has big league starting experience with the Phillies and Indians, shut out the Bisons on four hits over 6∏ innings.
Next: Lefty Wade LeBlanc (1-1, 2.38) will get the start for the Bisons against right-hander Anthony Swarzak (0-1, 5.63) in Game 3 of the series Wednesday night (Radio 1520, 6:35 p.m.).