Buffalo fell another game back of first place with a 7-2 loss to Lehigh Valley Friday night at Sahlen Field to open a three-game series.
The Bisons (10-16) are now 7.5 games back of the top spot and are in last place in the North Division. The IronPigs improved to 18-9 and tightened their grip on first place.
Cavan Biggio and Richard Urena drove in the Bisons’ only runs, Biggio’s on a fielder’s choice grounder and Urena’s on a sacrifice fly.
Jacob Waguespack (2-2) was not as sharp on the mound as his last time out for Buffalo.
The righty gave up three runs on six hits in five innings on the mound. He walked five and struck out six, leaving his ERA at 4.75.
Zach Jackson didn’t fare much better in his 1.2 innings of relief; he gave up four more runs on four hits while walking three and striking out one.
Each player for Lehigh Valley recorded at least one hit. The IronPigs finished with 13 on the day.
In contrast, Buffalo only managed five hits all evening. The team went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
Nick Pivetta (2-0) earned the win for Lehigh Valley. In six innings of work he gave up four hits for two runs and struck out four.
The game started out in Buffalo’s favor. While the IronPigs’ Shane Robinson singled to open the game, the Bisons’ defense held and got three quick outs.
Jonathan Davis sent the first pitch that he saw into left field. Two walks and a wild pitch later and Buffalo had the bases loaded with no outs.
Biggio’s single drove Davis home, and Urena’s sacrifice fly had Buffalo up 2-0. From there, though, the Bisons’ bats fell silent.
Buffalo went three-and-out four more times in the next eight innings, which let Lehigh Valley take the lead.
The Herd’s best chance to stay in the game came in the bottom of the sixth with two on and one out. Urena and Anthony Alford both struck out swinging instead.
Alford is in somewhat of a slump; he has three hits since April 17 and is currently batting .190.
The Bisons will look to even the series at one game apiece today at 1:05 p.m. at Sahlen Field.