You don’t have to dig deep looking for reasons why the Buffalo Bisons (32-29) have dropped nine games out of first place in International League’s North Division.
Too start with: A 10-20 road record, second worst in the league, and lack of run production stand out.
The Herd completed a 1-6 road trip with a 3-2 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox Sunday afternoon before 8,615 at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I. The Bisons managed only 13 runs on the seven-game swing, less than two a game.
Solos: There were three home runs in the game, all with the bases empty. Bryce Brentz led off the Pawtucket second with a homer to tie the game at 1-1. Steve Selsky put the Sox in front, 2-1, with a one-out homer in the bottom of the fourth. Both Pawtucket homers were against Bisons starter Luis Santos (2-5). Raffy Lopez led off the eighth for Buffalo with a homer that made it 3-2, but the final six Bisons batters went down in order.
Walden Wood: Pawtucket starter Marcus Walden (6-2) pitched six innings, allowing just two hits and no walks for the victory. Lopez’s home came off relieve Kyle Martin. Austin Maddox pitched the ninth for his first save.
Where would they be without?: Raffy Lopez drove in five of the Bisons’ seven runs on the road trip. He had a three-run homer in one of the two losses at Lehigh Valley on Wednesday and drove in both runs Sunday with his home run and a sacrifice fly in the second.
Heave ho: Pawtucker designated hitter Sam Travis was ejected by home plate umpire Alex Tosi after he was called out on strikes leading off the botton of the sixth. The next two batters walked before Mike Miller came through with a single that drove in what proved to be the winning run.
IronPigs in town: The Bisons will begin an xxxx-game homestand with a Tuesday night game against the first-place Lehigh Valley IronPigs, who have won eight straight over the Herd, seven coming in Allentown, Pa. The teams will meet in three straight 7:05 p.m. games at Coca-Cola Field. Lefty Brett Oberholtzer and right-hander T.J. Housse and Cesar Valdez are the scheduled starters for the Bisons agaisnt a trio of LV right-handers Mark Leiter, Mark Appel and Jake Thompson. Appel was the first player selected in the 2013 draft by the Houston Astros. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders come in for four games starting Friday night.