You wouldn't blame the Buffalo Bisons if they have Georgia on their minds Thursday when they head to Charlotte for a series against the Knights.
The Bisons lost for a ninth-straight time to the Gwinnett Braves, 4-3, Wednesday night at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Ga. What's worse: The Herd has lost 2o of the last 21 head-to-head meetings against the G-Braves. They were 0-7 against Gwinnett last season.
Breaking in: Carlos Franco, who had just been called up from Double-A Mississippi where he hit 11 home runs, connected on a Luis Santo pitch with two aboard in the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie.The lead Franco presented the Braves stood up the rest of the way. Franco, 25, is a strapping 6-2, 225-pound first baseman who was batting .293 in the Southern League when he was recalled.
Rally falls short: Buffalo put together three hits and a Gwinnett error to scored twice in the seventh inning, knocking Braves starter Patrick Weigel out of the game. The runs scored on a two-out single by Raffy Lopez, who is batting .365 with the Bisons and has 15 RBIs in 16 games with Buffalo. Lopez was left on base when Mike Ohlman grounded into a force play.
Closer: Mauricio Rivera got a six-out save for Gwinnett, setting the Bisons down in order in the eighth and ninth. Buffalo left six runners on and was 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position. The Herd struck out seven times, compared to 13 in Tuesday night's loss to the Braves.
Up next: The three-game series will be completed with a 12:05 game today. Mat Latos is the scheduled starter for Buffalo against Lucas Sims of the Braves.