Injuries, weather doom Bisons
On the eve of Strasburg-mania gripping Coca-Cola Field, the injury bug sunk its teeth into the Buffalo Bisons roster.
A long night that featured an hour and 58-minute rain delay, 11 pitchers not named Stephan Strasburg and the ejection of a hurler with seven strikeouts in the fourth inning, the Bisons fell to the Syracuse Chiefs, 6-3.
More important than the final score, however, was the players that had to be removed from the Herd line up during the contest -catcher Josh Thole and infielder Daniel Murphy.
Thole’s exit came just four batters into the night. Josh Whitesell swung and missed at an offering from Buffalo starter Bobby Livingston and his bat caught the Buffalo backstop upside the head on the follow through. Thole walked off under his own power, but had to be replaced by J.R. House.
Then, after seven innings and nearly a two-hour rain delay, Murphy suffered his injury while trying to turn a doubleplay. Syracuse’s Leonard Davis slid hard into second base to break up the play and caught Murphy in the right leg. After getting up onto his feet, Murphy was helped off the field by his teammates.
After the game, Bisons manager said Murphy was pretty banged up on the play. He also said that Thole would not start on Thursday, but thinks he’ll be alright.
The bizarre twists of the night began in the fourth inning with Bisons starter Bobby Livingston on the mound. With a 1-0 lead, the southpaw had struck out seven of the first 12 batters he faced. Livingston then hit Whitesell with a 77mph curveball and was immediately ejected, even though it appeared that Whitesell openly agreed that he didn’t think the off-speed plunking was intentional. Still, Livingston was forced from the game despite not allowing a ball to reach the outfield in 3.1 innings of work.
After the long rain delay, the Chiefs scored three runs in the seventh and eighth innings for the 6-3 win. Syracuse’s Boomer Whiting bases-clearing triple in the eighth provided the game-winning runs.