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Costly error ends Bisons road trip with a loss

The Buffalo Bisons dropped the final game of their road trip, 2-1, to the Norfolk Tides at Harbor Park on Sunday afternoon.

The Herd took a 1-0 lead on a home run from Junior Lake in the second inning, but an error from starting pitcher Drew Hutchison proved costly in the bottom of the inning.

With the bases loaded, Sharlon Schoop chopped the ball back to the mound, but Hutchison’s throw to home plate was offline, getting away from catcher A.J. Jimenez. That allowed two unearned runs to score.

Stalling offense: The Bisons were unable to rally thanks in part to three double plays by the Norfolk defense to back up the Tides’ starting pitcher T.J. McFarland. The Bisons went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position and left six on base.

Hits vs. runs: The loss was the first time this seasons the Bisons have lost when out hitting their opponents. The Herd had seven hits while Norfolk had six. Buffalo had won its first 10 games in which it had more hits than the opposition.

Lake at the plate: Along with his third home run of the year, which came with two outs, Lake doubled in the fifth inning – his first since April 26. Lake was the only bison to have two hits on the day, though his batting average remained a weak .179.

Hutchison: The righty now has three quality starts for the Herd this season, but is winless in seven starts. His two unearned runs lowered his earned run average to 3.05. He struck out eight and allowed five hits and one walk in six innings, falling to 0-2. Hutchison is now winless in his 15 career starts with the Bisons. His only win of 2016 came in his lone start for the Blue Jays on April 24.

Roster moves: Dustin Antolin was called-up to the Blue Jays before Sunday’s game, as Toronto placed Brett Cecil on the 15-day disabled list. Antolin has saved three games for the Bisons this year in 12 appearances, and looks to make his Major League debut with the Jays.

Up next: The Bisons open a seven-game homestand at Coca-Cola Field beginning with a three-game series against the Toledo Mud Hens. Lefty Scott Diamond (2-3, 2.59) is scheduled to start for the Herd against former Bison Daniel Norris (0-3, 9.98).