The Buffalo Bisons' losing streak carried on Friday night in another one-run loss to Syracuse, with the Chiefs pulling out a 2-1 win at their home of NBT Bank Stadium.
The Herd has now lost 25 of its 35 games away from Coca-Cola Field this season, as its losing streak is only one game away from reaching double digits. One night after pitching doomed the visitors, stagnant bats spelled the Bisons' demise this time around while the misery for Bobby Meacham's squad continued.
New game, same name: Thursday night, Syracuse's Irving Falu blasted a two-run, walk-off home run to give the Chiefs a 7-6 win after Buffalo took a 6-5 lead in the top of the ninth. Falu plastered four hits on the Bisons in the series-opener and continued his hot hitting with two more on Friday in three at-bats. Falu again hit the game-winning homer, this time a solo shot to center field in the seventh to put the Chiefs up, 2-1, the score that would hold until game's end.
All for nothing: Mike Bolsinger's stellar start went to waste, as the Bison bats couldn't muster any threat. Bolsinger, who is 0-2 in five starts for the Toronto Blue Jays this season, threw six innings of one-run ball while allowing seven hits and walking none. He got the no-decision Friday night, so his record with Buffalo in 2017 stayed at 2-2 after his eighth appearance for the team.
Quiet bats: While scoring six runs in a series-opening loss Thursday, eight different Bisons got hits. In a far less impressive performance at the plate in Game Two of the series, only four players registered hits. Raffy Lopez was the only one with more than one, knocking two doubles and a single while serving as the lone bright spot for Buffalo's lineup Friday night. Syracuse starter Jaron long stifled the Buffalo bats over his seven innings, striking out seven while only walking one en route to allowing just one earned run.
Called up: After batting only once in the series opener, Bisons outfielder Ian Parmley was called up to Toronto on Friday and was in the Blue Jays' clubhouse for their series in Kansas City against the Royals. It is Parmley's first-ever stint in the majors. He was batting .289 with one home run, 20 RBIs, a .332 on-base percentage and a .701 OPS in 60 games for the Bisons this season.
Up next: One more loss and it's 10 in a row for Buffalo. The Herd will try to prevent that Saturday when the two teams play at 7:05 p.m. at NBT Bank Stadium. Brett Oberholtzer (1-5, 4.23 ERA) pitches for Buffalo and Greg Ross (2-6, 6.04) throws for Syracuse.