Bisons right-hander Joe Biagini could not get through the sixth inning for the second start in a row Saturday and it resulted in Buffalo’s 6-3 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox on a cool wet afternoon at Coca-Cola Field.
In his previous start at Durham, Biagini allowed two runs on four hits through five innings, before a three-run frame put the Bulls in command.
Saturday, Biagini trailed 1-0 but had allowed only five hits through five innings before disaster struck again. After a hit batsman, a double and a walk, Jordan Betts cleared the bases with a double and finished the day for Biagini. One out later, Mike Miller singled against reliever Tim Mayza to bring home the fourth run of the frame charged to Biagini.
Meanwhile, the Bisons struggled to make contact against Pawtucket left-hander Jalen Beeks. The Boston Red Sox minor league Pitcher of the Year in 2017 with an 11-8 record combined in Double-A and Triple-A ball allowed no hits and struck out 11 through the first five innings. He departed in the sixth with a 5-1 lead after giving up consecutive two-out singles to Tim Lopes, Danny Espinosa and Danny Jansen. A second run scored for Buffalo on a wild pitch by Red Sox reliever Kyle Martin.
The Bisons got a run in the seventh when Dalton Pompey with the base loaded.
Pawtucket added a run in the ninth on a two-out RBI single by Ivan DeJesus Jr. while the Bisons went down without a hit against Poyner and Williams Jerez in their last two trips.
Noteworthy: Mayza, who had two stints with the parent Toronto Blue Jays, was activated by the Bisons before Friday night’s 9-8 loss to the PawSox. ... Buffalo (5-8) has faced Pawtucket (11-8) in five of the 13 games it has managed to play and is 2-3. ... Another double-digit strikeout game for the Herd. They fanned 15 times Saturday.
Up next: The series finale with Pawtucket today (Radio 1520, 1:05 p.m.) will close the brief homestand. The Herd will be off for three games at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before coming home to start a seven-game stand against Syracuse and Rochester.