After winning five in a row against the division's two best teams, the Buffalo Bisons have taken a step back this week upon hitting the road.
Bobby Meacham's team salvaged the series' third game at Indianapolis on Wednesday, but the Bisons (51-67) reverted to the loss column on Thursday night in Toledo. The Mud Hens (56-61) scored runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth innings en route to a 6-3 victory at Fifth Third Field in Ohio. Buffalo has now dropped three of its last four games by a combined nine runs.
Another loss for Luis: Bisons righty Luis Santos fell to 3-10 on the season after another less-than-ideal outing on the bump. He surrendered three runs in five innings. Santos only walked two and struck out five, but his counterpart, Toledo right-hander Artie Lewicki, threw 5 2/3 innings of one-run, seven-strikeout ball. Santos' earned run average now sits just below four (3.95), and he hasn't won in each of his last five appearances.
Missed opportunity: The Bisons, trailing 5-1 in the top of the eighth, loaded the bases with no outs after three straight walks to Rowdy Tellez, Teoscar Hernandez and Dwight Smith Jr. Danny Jansen narrowly missed improving to 3-for-3 on the night when he lined out to third. With one out, Jake Elmore grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to squash any momentum the visitors had. Buffalo got two back in the ninth, but the pair of runs wasn't nearly enough.
Red-hot Rowdy: Tellez hasn't cool off in the month of August. He has hits in all nine games the Bisons have played this month, extending his streak with a 3-for-3 showing on Thursday. The first baseman doubled and singled twice to kick off the series against Toledo, raising his average to .455 in August. Tellez hasn't homered over that stretch, but he's scored four runs and driven in nine, including all three of the Bisons' tallies Thursday night.
Trouble for Teoscar: Since coming over from the Houston Astros' organization as part of the deal for Francisco Liriano last week, Hernandez has struggled mightily at the plate. After striking out four times on Thursday, he now sits a meager 3-for-29 (.103) in his nine games with Buffalo.
Early impressions: After spending time in Advanced-A ball and Double-A, Jansen has recorded hits in each of his five games with the Herd. The 22-year-old went 2-for-3 against the Mud Hens and is now hitting .538 for Meacham.
Up next: Buffalo and Toledo square off again at 7:05 Friday night. Brett Oberholtzer (3-7, 4-22 ERA) tosses for Buffalo and Myles Jaye (2-5, 3.82) throws for the Mud Hens.