Buffalo Bisons pitchers can’t stay away from the home run ball.
The Herd gave up four to the Gwinnett Stripers on Wednesday night, including two by Austin Riley and lost, 9-2, at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Ga.
Solo home runs by Riley and Luis Marte wiped out an early 2-0 Buffalo lead and Alex Jackson added his second in two nights and Riley hit his 12th of the season to pad the lead in the eighth. All four Gwinnett homers came with the bases empty.
Right-hander Jacob Waguespack (2-4), making his seventh start of the season, took the loss. He struck out six in the first three innings but gave up homers by Riley in the first and Marte in the third.
Waguespack just couldn’t get out of the sixth, which is as long as he has lasted in any start this season. The first four Striper batters in the inning reached. Jackson and Ryan Lamarre had RBI doubles. Two more runs came on a sacrifice fly and base-loaded walk by Bisons reliever Zach Jackson.
Silent bats: After striking quickly for two runs on hits by Jonathan Davis, Ben Revere and Cavan Biggio in the first, there were no timely hits the rest of the way by the Bisons. They had runners on base in all but one inning the rest of the way. In the ninth, Andrew Guillotte, who had walked, was erased on a game-ending double play.
Power shortage: All nine in the Gwinnett batting order reached base and eight of the nine had hits. Whereas the Stripers hit four homers, the Bisons only had three extra-base hits, all doubles.
On deck: The three-game series will wrap up Thursday morning (Radio 1520, 10:35 a.m.) with lefty Shawn Morimando (0-2, 11.37) scheduled for Buffalo against right-hander Touki Toussaint (1-0, 5.63). Then the Bisons move on to Norfolk for three games against the Tides.