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Bisons get triple play, but lose to Toledo

The Buffalo Bisons turned a triple play Friday night.

As far as highlights go from the Herd’s game against the Toledo Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field, that’s about all there is to report.

The hosts came away with an 8-0 win.

The Bisons’ triple play came in the bottom of the fourth inning. Toledo’s John Hicks grounded to Buffalo third baseman Andy Burns, who stepped on the bag to force out Casey McGehee, then threw to second baseman Andy Burns for a force out on Tyler Collins. Burns relayed to first baseman Matt Dominguez to complete Buffalo’s first triple play since June 1, 2015, and the fourth in the team’s modern era, which dates to 1985. Last year’s triple play was the first in the International League in three years.

Extracting revenge: Former Bisons pitcher Daniel Norris didn’t take it easy on his old team, earning the win for Toledo by pitching six innings of four-hit ball. Norris struck out eight and gave up just one walk in earning his second win of the season, lowering his earned run average to 5.67 in the process. Toledo relievers Angel Nesbitt, Blaine Hardy and Preston Guilmet pitched a scoreless inning of relief each to nail down the shutout.

Stopped cold: Buffalo’s four-game winning streak was put to an end largely because the Herd failed to generate much offense. Buffalo had just six hits in the game, with two runners making it as far as third base, but getting stranded there.

Diamond, rough: Bisons starter Scott Diamond started for the 10th time this season – a team best – but the results weren’t kind. The lefty was roughed up for five runs, all earned, on eight hits in five innings. He struck out two and walked two. The Mud Hens got all the offense they would need in the second inning, when Collins led off with a solo home run. Toledo chased Diamond by adding three more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

House of horrors: Fifth Third Field has not been kind to the Bisons in recent years. The Herd hasn’t won a series there since 2008.

Up next: The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Saturday with Buffalo’s Wade LeBlanc (4-1, 1.44 ERA) scheduled to oppose Toledo’s Thad Weber (5-2, 1.86).