Buffalo's string of innings without scoring reached 17 Tuesday night in a 2-0 loss to the Syracuse Mets before 1,884 at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse. It was the first time this season the Bisons have been involved in a shutout either way.
Gregor Blanco led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run on a 3-1 pitch from Bisons starter Jacob Waguespack (2-2) and the Mets stayed in front the record of the way. Syracuse added an unearned run without a hit in the eighth inning.
The Bisons managed just three hits, two of which did not leave the infield, as they dropped their 10th in their last 11 games and fell to 4-11 on the season. They are last in the North Division of the International League.
The Herd won't have long to dwell over the loss. They will face the Mets in at 10:30 a.m. (Radio 1520) in the third game of the four games series between the teams. Lefty Shawn Morimando (0-1, 13.50) is the scheduled starter for Buffalo against right-hander Zach Lee (1-0, 4.97).
Three Syracuse pitches combined for nine strikeouts against the Bisons. The only Buffalo hits were singles by Cavan Biggio, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Biggio singled too right to lead off the second but was thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double.
Syracuse starter Drew Gagnon shut out Buffalo for seven innings. He allowed all three Bisons hits. Relievers Arquimedes Caminero and Ryan O'Rourke combined to retire the last six Buffalo batters in order. O'Rourke came on and got Biggio on a called third strike to end it.