Back from the Triple-A All Star break and the Buffalo Bisons suffered more of the same results. The Herd dropped a 6-1 decision to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at Coca-Cola Field Thursday night.
The bright spot for the Herd was center fielder Roemon Fields. Hitting in the lead-off spot, Fields had two hits and a walk while making an athletic diving catch in the outfield in the sixth inning and another stellar grab to end the eighth.
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Fields has hits in 15 of his last 21 games going 22 for 69 (.318) in that span. It's a solid comeback for the Triple-A rookie who had suffered a 3 for 29 rut.
Fields got himself back to productive plate appearances by swinging "at pitches that I was normally swinging at before," he said. "I was kind of getting out of my approach. Maybe they were pitching me in and I was trying to do too much but that's human nature. But then you've got to come back to life and do what you do best. That's what I'm trying to do now, get back to the approach I was at before."
Against the RailRiders: After winning the first five matchups, the Herd has lost its last nine games against Scranton. They've been outscored, 43-9, in those games.
Meacham on mood: What's the mood in the clubhouse as the Bisons have fallen to 38-53 overall?
"I think the mood is 'I wonder if I'm good enough.' That’s what it looks like," Bisons manager Bobby Meacham said. "I think they're good. It's a lot of the same group that was here to start the season and some of them are just struggling. Hopefully they start or continue to believe in themselves and know tomorrow is another day. Wash this one off and chalk it up to 'hey, tip your hat to the other pitcher' and come back tomorrow and try to score some runs."
Walks hurt House: Bisons' starter T.J. House got into trouble early. After giving up a lead-off single to Miguel Andujar in the second, he issued back-to-back walks to Jake Cave and Cito Culver. That set up the opportunity for Scranton to score two runs on two sacrifice fly balls.
Adding to it: In the third, Mason Williams knocked a triple so hard it ripped the glove off the hand of Bisons first baseman Rowdy Tellez. Williams then scored on a double from Donovan Solano. Solano later scored on a fielder's choice by Cave as the Bisons narrowly missed turning the double play to end the inning.
Long ball: Andujar belted a home run to left center field in the fifth as Scranton built a 5-0 lead. Andujar made his Triple-A debut with the RailRiders this season. In 17 games with Scranton he has three home runs and eight runs batted in.
Caught on the bases: The Bisons tried to make something happen in the third after bloop singles got runners on base. Andrew Guillotte and Fields both had singles fall into the gap between the outfield and the middle infield. But both runners were thrown out trying to steal second base.
On the board: Jon Berti got the Herd on the board in the seventh with a two-out solo home run to left field. It was the first home run of the season for Berti who has spent most of this season with Double-A New Hampshire.
Extending a streak: Gregorio Petit had two hits Thursday, including a beautifully placed bunt single in the first inning, to extend his hitting streak to five games. He has collected multi-hit games in eight of his last 19 games.
Lacking quality: It wasn't a great start for House, who fell to 6-9 on the season. House gave up five runs on seen hits through six innings with four walks and four strikeouts. House leads the Bisons current starting rotation in quality starts with six.
Attendance: The announced paid attendance at Coca-Cola Field was 7,386.
Up next: The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Friday with the Bisons starting righty Cesar Valdez against Scranton lefty Dietrich Enns. The homestand continues Saturday (7:05 p.m.) and Sunday (1:05 p.m.)