Dalton Pompey of the Bisons started the game with a home run but the fun didn’t last long for the Herd. Buffalo went down to an 8-5 defeat against the Charlotte Knights on Sunday before 8,706 at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte.
Bisons starter Scott Diamond (8-13) had a rough go of it, giving up 12 hits and eight earned runs in just four innings.
Charlotte managed only one hit the last five innings against relievers Bobby Korecky (three innings) and Danny Barnes. Barnes, a right-hander, continued his amazing success against left-hand hitters when he struck out switch-hitting Leurys Gardia to start the eighth. Lefty swingers are now 0 for 35 against Barnes in Triple-A games this season. The Knights’ hit output did not include any home runs, but they pecked away with 13 hits.
The loss dropped the Bisons below the .500 mark (64-65) for the season. They were 12 games over .500 (46-34) on June 29 before their disastrous (9-19) month of July, including a 5-12 home record.
Wasted chances: The Bisons had 10 hits, but hit into two double plays, running their season total to 144, highest of any team in the minor leagues. The Herd left six runners on, including the bases loaded in the sixth inning after a two-run A.J. Jimenez homer had cut the deficit to 8-5. Pompey, Darrell Ceciliani (two doubles), Matt Dominguez and Chris Colabello had two hits each for the Bisons.
Diamond roughed up: The 30-year-old Canadian-born right-hander has been an innings eater all season. He made his 25th start for Buffalo and his 153 innings pitched leads the team and is second in the International League. This was one of his worst starts, however. Diamond has given up 15 runs, all earned, in 10 innings his last two starts.
Knights explode: Charlotte took the lead for good, 4-2, with three runs in the second inning. They started the inning with four straight hits, two doubles, a triple by Adam Engle and an RBI single by Eddy Alvarez. Charlotte had four more hits in its four-run fourth for an 8-2 lead.
Streaks intact: The 12-game hit streak of Jesus Montero and Casey Kotchman’s nine-game streak were not threatened because neither played Sunday.
Up next: The Bisons will complete their season series with the Knights – Charlotte leads, 3-2 – with a single game Monday night (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). Chris Leroux (8-9, 4.30) is down for the start for the Herd against right-hander Chris Volstad (7-10, 4.47). The Bisons move on to Georgia Tuesday to start a three-game set with the Gwinnett Braves on Tuesday night.