The Buffalo Bisons are finished playing the Gwinnett Braves for the season. Finally. The Herd lost all seven meetings with the G-Braves, falling 6-4 at Coolray Field on Thursday night.
The Bisons are now just 4-23 in their last 27 games against the Braves. It’s the first time the Herd was winless against an opponent in a season in the modern era.
The last time the Bisons defeated Gwinnett was a 2-0 win Aug. 9, 2015.
Road woes: It was the fifth straight loss for the Herd, which went 1-7 on the road trip. It’s been a change of fortune for the Herd. They started the year hot on the road, going 28-18 in their first 46 road games. In their last 22 games away from Coca-Cola Field, the Bisons have just four wins.
Taking the lead: For the the third straight game, the Bisons opened the scoring. With two outs in the second, A.J. Jimenez and Andy Burns singled. Jio Mier drew a walk to load the bases and then Dalton Pompey also drew the walk, to score the Bisons’ first run.
Rio Ruiz: The designated hitter for the Braves drove in five runs with two hits. Ruiz broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run home run in the third. His bases-clearing double in the fifth gave Gwinnett a 6-1 lead. Ruiz also walked twice.
Long ball: Matt Dominguez belted his 18th home run of the season on a solo shot in the eighth.
Hit streak: Darrell Ceciliani extended his hitting streak to seven games with an RBI double in the ninth.
Copeland loss: Scott Copeland saw his three-game win streak end. Copeland entered the game having won his last three starts. In Thursday’s loss, he gave up six runs on nine hits in five innings of work. He walked three and struck out four.
Double-play count: Make it 145 doubleplays the Bisons have hit into this season. Jesus Montero did the honors in the third inning.
Roster moves: As the Toronto Blue Jays reinstated Jose Bautista from the disabled list, middle infielder Ryan Goins was optioned to the Bisons.
Up next: The Bisons begin their final home stand on Friday opening a four-game series with Lehigh Valley. Lefty Scott Diamond (8-13, 4.12)is scheduled to start for the Herd against righty Dave Buchanan (8-8, 4.13) for the 7:05 p.m. first pitch. The rest of the rotation is scheduled to be lefty Chris Leroux (8-10, 4.28) vs. lefty Anthony Vasquez (3-0, 2.86) at 6:05 p.m. Saturday and righty Mike Bolsinger (1-3, 8.22) vs. righty Ben Lively (9-5, 3.29) at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. The Bisons conclude their season with Lehigh Valley on Monday then welcome the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders for a three-game series on Tuesday. The last game at Coca-Cola Field this season is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Thursday.