Tied 2-2 in the top of the seventh inning Tuesday, the Buffalo Bisons gave up three singles, three walks, a passed ball, a hit batter and two errors and a grand slam homer by Austin Riley.
It added up to a nine-run inning and the Herd lost to the Gwinett Stripers, 11-3, at Sahlen Field to open a six-game home stand. The Stripers needed only nine hits in their 11-run output.
Riley’s home run was his 15th of the season, and leads the International League. Riley also leads the league with 39 RBIs.
Newcomer Andrew Sopko of the Bisons was pitching a one-hit shutout through five innings and had a 2-0 lead. Two fielding errors and one hit helped the Stripers score twice to tie the game in the top of the sixth inning.
Burning ’em: Andy Burns gave the Bisons the first lead. He tripled in the fifth after a two-out walk to Reese McGuire, then scored on the front end of a double steal with Roemon Fields.
New man in town: Sopko, a right-hander who was acquired from the Dodgers in a trade that sent veteran catcher Russell Martin to Los Angeles, allowed only an infield hit, a hit batter and a walk before his defense collapsed behind him in the fifth. Jordan Romano took over with two outs in the sixth and was the victim of the horrendous seventh inning.
Home sweet home?: The Bisons are only 15-23 against Gwinnett in Buffalo.
On deck: Right-hander Jacob Waguespack (2-4, 5.60 ERA) is the scheduled starter for the Bisons Wednesday (Radio 1520, 6:05 p.m.) against righty Touki Toussiant, a 22-year-old curveball artist.