Bisons blanked, Davis goes 3-4
The Bisons’ offense just couldn’t get started on a long rainy night in Moosic, PA.
Buffalo batters struck out 11 times, hit into three doubleplays and fell to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, 1-0, on Thursday night from PNC Field. In a game that featured an hour and 13 minute rain delay, the Herd failed to dent the scoreboard against four Yankee hurlers.
The lone run of the night came compliments of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s outfielder David Winfree. Three pitches after the grounds crew took the tarp of the field in the fourth inning, Winfree took a 2-0 delivery from Bisons’ reliever Mike O’Connor (0-1) over the wall in left-centerfield.
Buffalo’s offense collected just six hits on the night, including two hits to lead off the second inning and two more to start off the fifth. Those rallies were haulted by a pair of around-the-horn, 5-4-3 doubleplays hit into by Russ Adams and Jesus Feliciano.
Ike Davis had the best night at the plate for Buffalo, going 3-4 with a pair of doubles. However, his ninth-inning strikeout at the hands of Jonathan Albaladejo ended the first game of season for Buffalo.
Tobi Stoner saw his Opening Day start cut short because of the inclement weather. He looked the part as the top pitcher in the Herd rotation with four strikeouts in 3.1 scoreless innings.
O’Conner took the loss because of the Winfree home run. The southpaw recovered to throw two innings of relief for Buffalo.
Mark Melancon (1-0) earned the win for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with two shutout innings of work of starter Ivan Nova.
BISONS NOTES: Bobby Parnell threw 2.1 shutout innings in his Bisons debut…Feliciano bounced into 18 doubleplays a season ago with the Herd. That was the second most in a single season in the Bisons Modern Era…Buffalo went 0-8 with runners in scoring position.