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Quick hits: Louisville 5, Bisons 2

Both catchers were in the lineup for Buffalo, hitting back-to-back in the order. Mike Ohlman had the duties behind the plate while Raffy Lopez was the designated hitter.

The duo accounted for five of the Bisons 12 hits. But alas, the Herd failed to find the big hit to produce a big inning, falling to the Louisville Bats, 5-2, at Coca-Cola Field Saturday night.

Ohlman went 2 for 3 with a walk and run scored while Lopez went 3 for 3 with a walk.

"Both Mike and I were just trying to put together good at-bats," Lopez said. "We've both been hitting well all year and Mike, he's a tough out. He's going to hit the ball hard. Even when he's not going well, he's still an intimidating guy up there and the pitchers know that.

"We're just trying to do anything we can. Get on base, RBIs, whatever we can do. And we both put together some decent at-bats.

Speed demons: When Roemon Fields stole second base in the fifth inning, it was the 100th steal of the season for the Bisons. The Herd leads the International League in stolen bases and the 100 are the most since 2014 team swiped 111. Fields, meanwhile, leads the IL in stolen bases with 28.

"We're trying to get him to really study pitchers and really come away with reasons why he's going and how he's getting jumps," Meacham said of Fields' base running. "He got a good jump today. We're just going to keep working on it so he can refine that one skill that's going to make or break him and his career, make a difference for him in his career. Hopefully we can help him get better at and at the end of the year he'll be able to help the big club."

Early lead: Louisville got on the board in the second when Tyler Goeddel led off with a single, stole second, moved to third on a ground, then scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Adrian Nieto.

Wasted opportunities: The Bisons loaded the bases in the second with back-to-back singles from Ohlman and Lopez and then a one-out walk drawn by Jon Berti. But Shane Opitz grounded into a double play to end the inning and the opportunity.

Ohlman and Lopez again got on base in the fourth, Ohlman with a hit and Lopez with a walk, but again the inning ended when Jason Leblebijian hit into a double play.

Cashing in: The Bisons finally took advantage of a base runner in the fifth. Fields got a two-out single then stole second. He sped home on a single to center by Jake Elmore to tie the game, 1-1.

And the flood gates opened: Louisville scored four runs in the sixth. Phillip Ervin reached on a fielding error by Elmore (playing third), moved to third on a single from Brandon Dixon then scored on a single by Sebastian Elizalde. A single from Tyler Goeddel made it 3-1. Adrian Nieto added a ground-rule double to center field to score two more runs.

Getting one back: Ohlman and Lopez again got on base to lead off the sixth and Leblebijian worked a nine-pitch at bat before a single up the middle allowed Ohlman to score from third. That cut the Bats' lead to 5-2.

Attendance: There were 8,649 at Coca-Cola Field Saturday as the Bisons hosted Strike Out Cancer Night.

Up next: The  Bisons host Louisville at 1:05 p.m. Sunday with righty Lucas Harrell scheduled to start for the Bisons against Louisville righty Jackson Stephens. The Bisons are off on Monday then travel to Moosic, Pa. for three games against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. The Herd returns home for three games against Lehigh Valley Aug. 4-6.

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