The losing streak reached five games for the Buffalo Bisons as they dropped a 7-3 decision to the Pawtucket Red Sox in McCoy Stadium on Friday night.
The Bisons are 0-5 on their road trip after being swept at Lehigh Valley then shut out by Pawtucket on Thursday. Overall, the Herd is just 9-19 this season on the road while they are 22-9 at Coca-Cola Field.
Extra base hits: Pawtucket took a 2-0 lead in the third on a two-run double by Ryan Court. A double from Blake Swihart in the fourth extended the PawSox’s lead to 3-0. An RBI ground out from Jantzen Whitte made it a 4-0 lead. The PawSox got another run in the seventh on a two-out RBI triple from Court.
Ending the scoreless streak: The Herd had gone 19 innings without a run until the sixth inning when the Bisons got on the board. Jonathan Diaz led off with a walk, moved to second on a single from Roemon Fields then scored when Dwight Smith Jr. reached on a fielding error. Jason Leblebijian scored Fields on an RBI single, cutting the PawSox lead to 4-2.
Scoring with two outs: Pawtucket extended its lead to 7-2 in the seventh scoring three runs with two outs off reliever Wil Browning, including one run off a wild pitch.
The hits keep coming: Smith Jr. had a solo home run in the eighth, his third homer of the season. Smith Jr. now has hits in 15 of 18 games. Meanwhile Leblebijian has hits in 15 of 20 games. Both players entered Friday’s games ranked in the Top 10 in the International League in batting along with Ian Parmley, who was not in Friday night’s lineup. Leblebijian, who went 2 for 4 on Friday, is batting .314 while Smith Jr., who also went 2 for 4, is batting .305. Parmley is batting .307.
On the mound: Cesar Valdez gave up four runs on five hits through six innings. He had two walks and four strike outs. Browning lasted just 2/3 of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits with two walks. Matt Dermody finished the game for the Herd, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
Up next: The teams met again at 6:15 p.m. today with the Bisons scheduled to start righty Lucas Harrell against righty Hector Velazquez. The series concludes at 1:35 p.m. Sunday with Buffalo right-hander Luis Santos against righty Marcus Walden. The team is off on Monday and returns to Coca-Cola Field on Tuesday to open a six-day, seven-game series. The Bisons host Lehigh Valley for three games starting Tuesday then host Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including a doubleheader with the RailRiders on June 17 to make up a postponed game from April.