It was another gem from a Buffalo Bisons' pitcher. And another failure of the team's offense.
While starter Luis Santos had an impressive outing, the Bisons couldn't get timely hits, dropping their 11th straight game to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in a 2-1 loss Saturday night at Coca-Cola Field.
After giving up back-to-back hits in the second, one an unfortunate result of a slip in the outfield by Roemon Fields, Santos retired the next 11 batters.
Santos threw just 67 pitches in his five-inning outing. He gave up the one run on two hits and struck out three while issuing no walks.
His record isn't anything to write home about. He's 3-7 in his 13 starts this season with a 3.79 earned run average. Then again, he hasn't received great run support. In his 14 starts, the Bisons have scored just 34 runs (2.4 runs per start) for Santos.
But Santos has been pitching well all season and particularly in his last two starts where he has thrown 12 straight shutout innings.
The 26-year-old has a hard fastball that moves really well which he can complement with a curveball, slider or changeup.
"As good as he was tonight, he was actually a little off. That's how good he's been," said Bisons catcher Raffy Lopez. "He doesn't let down. He competes. He's a bulldog. He's fun to watch.
"I think he's someone who has always been a good pitcher and now he has the opportunity to show everybody and now he's doing everything he can to take advantage of it."
Santos spent most of last season with Double-A New Hampshire and Bisons manager Bobby Meacham has seen a continued maturation of Santos on the mound.
"The good thing about him is he competes," Meacham said. "I mean he's got good stuff, obviously, but he's a competitor. He won't back down. He goes right after hitters and now this year he's showing a little bit of patience and kind of stepping back and staying focused and not overthrowing."
Early run: After Miguel Andujar singled, Fields lost his footing, fell to his knees allowing a hit from Jake Cave to drop in putting runners on the corners with one out. A deep fly to right by Mark Payton scored Andujar from third and Scranton took a 1-0 lead in the second.
Tie game: Andrew Guillotte and Fields drew two-out back-to-back walks off Scranton starter Chance Adams. Then a sharp ground ball from Gregorio Petit hit the bag at first base. With a high hop, Guillotte kept running and beat out the throw at the plate to score from second.
Reliever J.P. Feyereisen came in and walked Rowdy Tellez to load the bases,but he struck out Jason Leblebijian to end the inning and leave the bases loaded.
Regaining the lead: Billy McKinney doubled to center then Andujar drove him home with a single to right and the RailRiders took a 2-1 lead in the seventh.
More runners stranded: The Bisons again had a great chance to score in the sixth. Michael Saunders lead off with a single. After Dwight Smith Jr. went down looking, Raffy Lopez lined a single to center putting runners on the corners with one out. Lopez moved into scoring position, taking second on a passed ball, but then was caught taking too big a jump on a grounder to the shortstop from Jon Berti. Scranton shortstop Abiatal Avelino beat Lopez back to the bag for the second out of the inning. Guillotte then struck out to end the inning.
Chance Adams: The eighth-ranked prospect in the New York Yankees organization gave up one run on two hits in 4 2/3 innings. The four walks he issued all came with two outs and he struck out three.
Rowdy: After going 2 for 4 on Friday night, including a double in the ninth, Tellez picked up on Saturday, going opposite field to double off the left field wall. He now has hits in his last three games and hits in six of his last seven games.
Attendance: The official paid attendance was 9,153 at Coca-Cola Field.
Up next: The series and homestand concludes on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.. The Bisons are scheduled to start lefty Brett Oberholtzer while Scranton will start righty Domingo German. The Bisons then go on a seven-day road trip with three games in Columbus and four games in Louisville.