Six days without a playing a game between April 13 and 20 did nothing to help the Buffalo Bisons batters.
The Bisons were shutout until the ninth Tuesday night in a 5-1 loss to the Durham Bulls before 3,588 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
It was the third straight loss for the Bisons, who have produced only a single run in each of the defeats.
Buffalo was limited to seven singles -- no more than one in any inning until the ninth -- by three Bulls pitchers. Herd batters continued to have trouble making contact. They struck out 10 times again and hit into two double plays.
Durham scored twice in the third, with one run crossing while the Herd was turning a double play. The other came home on an RB I single by Curt Casali. The Bulls added single runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth.
The Bisons got their run in the ninth, scoring after two were out. Dwight Smith Jr. led off with a walk, moved up on a single by Danny Espinosa and coming home on a single to center by Darnell Sweeney. Diego Castillo struck out Gift Ngoepe for the final out.
Noteworthy: Outfielder Dalton Pompey was named Bisons Player of the Week. He has collected a hit in all four games since he was activatged off a Major League rehab assignment and optioned to the team. ... The Bisons activated left-hand pitcher Chad Girodo from extended spring training and lefty Tim Mayza was recalled by Toronto. ... Rookie infielder Tim Lopes went 1 for 2 to put his batting average at .444.
Next: The Bisons and Bulls will finish their three game series this morning (Radio 1520, 10:35 a.m.) with lefty Ryan Borucki (0-2, 6.23) scheduled to start5 for the Herd against lefty Vidal Nuno (1-0, 3.45). After a day off Thursday, the Bisons will open a three-game series against Pawtucket on Friday night at Coca-Cola Field.