The Buffalo Bisons opened up their three-game series with the Columbus Clippers with a loss.
Buffalo lost 4-3 and has dropped four of its past five games. The lone win came against Toledo on Wednesday.
Buffalo’s record has fallen to 59-58 as they continue to chase a Wild Card spot.
Andrew Sopko started for Buffalo. Sopko has struggled since his promotion to Triple-A. The 25-year old is 1-5 with a 6.57 ERA after a six inning, four-runs-allowed outing with five strikeouts.
Columbus scored in the second, third and fourth innings.
In the second, Eric Haase doubled in Yu Chang. In the third, Ryan Flaherty singled to right field driving in Jake Bauers. In the fourth, Ka’ai Tom homered to right center field, scoring Daniel Johnson as well.
The Herd was able to put up seven hits throughout the game but couldn’t turn it into any runs past the third inning.
Santiago Espinal recorded his first hit for the Bisons in the second inning. His double drove in the Socrates Brito for the first run of the game.
Espinal is now 1-for-18 in his first five games in a Bisons uniform.
He hit .278 across 94 games for New Hampshire this season.
Buffalo was able to get two more runs off Columbus starter Logan Allen.
Andy Burns hit his 13th home run of the year to right center, scoring Richard Urena. Burns now has 48 runs batted in this season.
Neil Ramirez and Danny Young combined for two innings of scoreless relief. They combined to strike out four batters.
Columbus and Buffalo will play two more games this weekend. Tomorrow’s game in Columbus will be at 7:15 p.m.
Shao-Ching Chiang is expected to start for the Clippers while the Bisons starter is TBD.