It was damp and cold and featured a lengthy rain delay as the Buffalo Bisons opened their home season Thursday afternoon with a 2-1 loss to the Indianapolis Indians at Coca-Cola Field.
The Indians threatened in both the fourth and fifth innings. Kevin Newman led off the fourth with a single, stole second and moved to third. Jose Osuna drew a two-out walk, but Max Moroff grounded out to short to end the threat.
The Indians had two base runners with one out in the fifth inning when starter Sam Gaviglio was pulled for reliever Sam Moll. But at that point rain became heavy, the tarp came out, and the game went into an hour-and-39-minute rain delay.
Back on the field, Indianapolis had the bases loaded and two outs as the fifth inning resumed, but Kevin Kramer's hit back to the mound was fielded easily by reliever Chad Girodo to end the inning and keep the game scoreless.
The Indians finally broke through in the sixth inning, taking a 2-0 lead on a solo home run by Jose Osuna and an RBI triple from Christopher Bostick.
Teoscar Hernandez cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning with a two-out solo shot to left field.
The Bisons rallied with two outs in the ninth when Reese McGuire had a two-out base hit. With Jon Berti pinch running, Jason Leblebijian singled and Berti reached third. Roemon Fields drew a walk to load the bases but Darnell Sweeney struck out swinging to end the game.
Noteworthy: Dwight Smith Jr. made an outstanding catch in left field in the third inning, diving forward to deny Erich Weiss of the first base hit off Bisons starter Sam Gaviglio. ... Moll did not throw to a batter, instead Chad Girodo took over with one out and two on when the game resumed. ... When play resumed the first batter, Todd Cunningham was called for batter interference when he did not get out of the batter's box, knocking down Bisons catcher Reese McGuire who could not make the play on a pop up. ... It was the first in-game delay of a Bisons' home opener since 2000 when the game against Ottawa was delayed 42 minutes by a snow squall. ... Hernandez went 2 for 3 and extended his hitting streak to four games. ... McGuire had two hits in his first game of the season.
Up next: The homestand and series continues at 6:05 p.m. Friday. Righty Chris Rowley is scheduled to get his first start of the season for the Bisons while Pawtucket is scheduled to start righty Alex McRae (0-0, 2.45 ERA). The series runs through the weekend with scheduled 1:05 p.m. games Saturday (Joe Biagini vs. Austin Coley) and Sunday (Ryan Borucki vs. Casey Sadler).