INDIANAPOLIS -- It was fun while it lasted.
The Buffalo Bisons' longest winning streak is over. It ended Monday night after five games in a 4-0 loss to the Indianapolis Indians before 7,414 at Victory Field, where the Herd was 3-0 last season.
The Indians scored all their runs in the fourth inning against Bisons starter Joe Biagini and Chris Rowley, who came on in that inning with two on and no outs and gave up a walk and two-run doubles to Elias Diaz and Phil Gosselin before striking out the next three batters.
Indy starter Steven Brault shut out the Bisons on three hits for seven innings, striking out two and walking two. Buffalo had only two players get to scoring position. Gregorio Petit doubled in the first and got to third on a wild pitcher. Christian Lopes walked and stole second in the third, the Bisons' 114th steal of the season, most in the International League. Brault had won six of his eight previous starts with a 1.83 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 54 innings.
After Brault left, Angel Sanchez and Montana DuRapau each pitched an inning of scoreless relief. DuRapau did give up two walks in the ninth but struck out Mike Ohlman to end it.
A fresh battery: Biagini was making his debut with the Bisons after being optioned by the Toronto Blue Jays. He was sent down to get stretched out so he can return to Toronto's starting rotation later in the season. Catcher Dan Jansen was appearing in only his third game at the Triple-A Level.
In explaining Biagini's demotion, Jays manager John Gibbons told the Toronto Sun:
“We’re going to let him finish out the year starting so we’ll let him go down there and let him build up a little bit and make a couple of starts. He’ll start Monday down there and we’ll give him a good look.”
It meant Rowley, the Bisons' most effective starter the last three weeks, went to the bullpen. Once he settled in on Monday, he pitched two-hit ball the rest of his four-inning stint.
Up next: Lefty T.J. House (8-10) will start for the Bisons in the second game of the series tonight (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.) against right-hander Clay Holmes of the Indians. The series finale on Wednesday will be a matinee (1:35 p.m) with right-hander Nick Tepesch of the Herd going against former Bison Drew Hutchison, who was 6-5 with Buffalo last season.