Contact. The Bisons didn’t make much, in winning the season opener over the Pawtucket Red Sox on Monday night at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I.
Tuesday, they made even less in a 3-1 loss to the Sox. After striking out 20 times on Monday the Bisons fanned 10 times Tuesday, but they had only four hits against three Pawtucket pitchers and didn’t score until Tim Lopes’ two-out single in the ninth gave them their only run.
Pawtucket starter William Cuevas shut out the Herd on three hits over 6.1 innings. He had six strikeouts. Cuevas is a 27-year-old right-hander from Venezuela.
Buffalo had only one extra-base hit, a two-out double in the sixth by Teoscar Hernandez. Rowdy Tellez fouled out to end the threat, however.
Ryan Borucki made his second Triple-A start for the Bisons. He threw 78 pitches over five innings, allowing six hits before Taylor Guerrieri took over. Guerrieri gave up the third Pawtucket run.
A two-run single by Sam Travis put Pawtucket in front 2-0 in the fifth.
Heading home: The Bisons and the PawSox will close out their three-game series tonight (Radio 1520, 6:15 p.m.). Six-foot-6 right-hander Deck McGuire is the scheduled starter for the Herd against right-hander Chandler Shepherd of the Red Sox.
Then the Bisons will head home for the 31st home opener in the history of Coca-Cola Field at 2:05 p.m. on Thursday against the Indianapolis Indians.
Vet gets the honors: The Bisons announced Tuesday that they will welcome a very special guest to throw out the ceremonial firs pitch before the home opener. Capt. Sidney Cole, 103 years old, will have the honor.
A native of New York City and now a Buffalo resident, Cole in World War II as a pilot in the Army Air Corps. He received the Purple Heart after being shot down behind enemy lines during the Battle of the Bulge in December of 1944. He also was awarded a Bronze Star during the conflict.
The home opener will begin a seven-game homestand for the Bisons.
Roster move: Toronto called up Bisons left-hander Tim Mayza, who had yet to pitch for the Herd this season.
Future hope: Blue Jays prospect Vlad Guerrero Jr. of the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats Monday night. As the DH, Guerrero went 3 for 3 with six RBIs including his second home run in two days in an 11-1 win at Trenton. Guerrero is batting .333. New Hampshire is undefeated in four games and hasn’t played a home game yet.