The calendar may have flipped, but the results have stayed the same.
After an 8-23 month of June, the Bisons kicked off July with a dismal offensive performance in a 5-0 loss to the Syracuse Chiefs at Coca-Cola Field on Saturday night.
The Bisons managed just four hits, the first two not coming until the seventh inning, to lose for the 23rd time in the last 26 games.
The Bisons could not get to Syracuse starter Edwin Jackson who threw six no-hit innings with four walks and five strike outs.
Jackson has pitched for 12 MLB teams and has been traded six times in his career. An America League All-Star with Detroit in 2009, he made four post season starts with the St. Louis Cardinals en route to a World Series title in 2011.
Jackson came to Syracuse in June. He was designated for assignment by the Baltimore Orioles on June 11, elected free agency and signed with the Washington Nationals on June 15. He had no-decisions in his first two starts with the Chiefs.
"I mean he was getting ahead," Bisons infielder Shane Opitz said of Jackson. "He was effectively wild sometimes. To be honest, a lot of the guys I thought hit the ball really well off him just right at people. It's kind of how things are going right now."
Trouble against the Chiefs: The Bisons have lost the first two games of the series to Syracuse, outscored 13-1. The Herd has been outhit by Syracuse, 26-7.
"We're just not hitting. We're working hard and trying but to be honest with you, we're just not good enough right now," Bisons manager Bobby Meacham said. "Earlier in the season we were but right now, truthfully, we're just not good enough."
"I think you've got to be disciplined. We're lacking that. We're all over the place," Meacham said. "I think we're thinking about the wrong thing up there. 'What is he going to throw me now?' Well, you don't let the pitcher dictate what you hit. You go up there with a plan and if you stick with it and if you're good enough, you win. If not, you don't. That's where we're at right now. We have to figure out if we're good enough. I believe they're good enough. They have to start believing in themselves and go up there with a good plan and execute it."
Finally a hit: The Bisons got their first hit of the game in the seventh. With one out Mike Ohlman drew a walk and Shane Opitz singled up the middle off reliever Austin Adams. Roemon Fields got a two-out hit to load the bases but Syracuse shortstop Emmanuel Burriss made a leaping catch on a liner from Jake Elmore to end the inning.
Opitz picked up his second hit with a two-out single off, this time off reliever Wander Suero. Jon Berti followed that up with a hit, but a line drive by Fields was caught by the third baseman to end the game.
With two outs: The Chiefs took a 2-0 lead in the second thanks to three base hits and an error, all with two outs. After back-to-back singles, Andrew Stevenson singled to right field scoring one run while a throwing error to the plate by Dwight Smith Jr. allowed another run to score.
Extending the lead: Syracuse tacked on two more runs in the sixth with an RBI single from Burriss and a sacrifice fly from Steven Perez. Alejandro De Aza had an RBI double in the ninth as the Chiefs built a 5-0 lead.
Sanchez to pitch Sunday: Aaron Sanchez is scheduled to start for the Bisons Sunday as his Major League rehabilitation assignment continues. Sanchez, who was an American League All-Star last year, went on the disabled list on May 20 with a laceration on the middle finger of his throwing hand.
Sanchez made five starts with the Blue Jays this year, going 0-1 with a 3.33 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings. Last year, he went 15-2 with an American League-best 3.00 ERA in 30 starts. His .882 winning percentage also led the AL and was the highest by a Blue Jays starter in the franchise's history.
Sanchez made his Triple-A debut with the Bisons in 2014, going 0-3 with a 4.19 ERA in eight games and six starts. He also made a three-game MLB injury rehab appearance with the Herd in 2015.
Roster moves: The Bisons placed infielder Christian Lopes on the disabled list retroactive to June 29. The Blue Jays selected the contract of righthanded pitcher Lucas Harrell and designated outfielder Ian Parmley for assignment. The Bisons also activated righty Chris Smith who was optioned June 30 while Toronto released catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Attendance: The announced paid attendance at Coca-Cola Field was 7,179.
Up next: The Bisons and Syracuse meet at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday with Sanchez starting for Buffalo against Chiefs' righty A.J. Cole.