LOUISVILLE – The offense the Buffalo Bisons found in Columbus didn’t follow them to Louisville.
After breaking out to score 21 runs over three games against the Clippers, the Herd reverted to their low-scoring ways Thursday, dropping a 5-1 decision to the Bats at Louisville Slugger Stadium.
Walking hurts: Bisons starter Luis Santos pitched three no-hit innings but started off the fourth issuing back-to-back walks. It came back to bite him as both runners scored on a double from Sebastian Elizalde. That put Louisville up, 2-0.
Final line for Santos: He fell to 3-8 giving up two runs on two hits in 5 ∑ innings.
Ohlman RBI: The Herd got a run back in the fifth. Ian Parmley singled then scored on a double by Mike Ohlman. It was the third run batted in for Ohlman in his last three games. Ohlman finished Thursday going 2 for 3.
Two-hit day: Gregorio Petit also had a multi-hit game, his 14th in 39 games. Petit has hits in 10 of his last 12 games.
Breaking it open: Alex Blandino belted a bases-loaded double to center field off Bisons’ reliever Tim Mayza, scoring three runs for Louisville.
MLB Rehab: J.P. Howell, with the Bisons on a Major League Rehabilitation assignment, entered the game in the sixth inning with one on and one out. After getting a ground out he walked two batters but then got a strike out with the bases loaded to end the inning. He threw 19 pitches, nine for strikes.
Roster moves: On Wednesday the Blue Jays recalled right-handed pitcher Cesar Valdez. Righty Griffin Glaude was promoted from Class-A Lansing and righty Andrew Case was promoted from Double-A New Hampshire.
Up next: The series in Louisville continues Friday (7:05 p.m.) with lefty Brett Oberholtzer scheduled to start for the Bisons against lefty Amir Garrett. The teams meet on Saturday (6:35 p.m.) with righty Chris Rowley starting for the Herd against righty Rookie Davies. The series concludes at 6:05 p.m. Sunday with lefty T.J. House on the mound for the Bisons against lefty Cody Reed.
The Bisons return to Coca-Cola Field on Monday when they open a seven-game homestand hosting the Durham Bulls for four games and the Bats for three.