Bisons fall in Columbus
The Bisons fell to 1-5 on their eight-game roadtrip to Ohio after a 6-4 defeat at the hands of the Columbus Clippers on Wednesday night from Huntington Park.
Buffalo trailed for most of the game, and failed to take full advantage of another home run from Lucas Duda.
Duda’s blast, his 13th of the season and second in as many games, came with a runner on board in the top of the fifth inning. The Triple-A rookie now has 37RBI in 37 games with the Herd.
Duda’s home run tied the game at three, but the stalemate didn’t last long. Columbus plated a run in the bottom of the fifth on Lou Marson’s single to retake the lead.
Kyle Smith singled home a run in seventh before Bisons reliever Adam Pettyjohn walked Josh Rodriguez with the bases loaded to push the Clippers’ advantage to 6-3.
The Bisons scored a run, but only one, on Russ Adams’ sac fly in the eighth inning after loading the bases with only one out.
Meanwhile, the 10th win continues to escape the grasp of Bisons pitchers Dillon Gee and Pat Misch. No Herd hurler has reached 10 victories in a single season since Jeremy Guthrie accomplished the feat in 2005. Misch has been stuck on nine wins for three starts. Gee failed at try number two for the elusive 10th win.
Gee battled through five innings, throwing 102 pitches and surrendering four runs on 10 hits. The righty did add three strikeouts to his season total that now stands at 118. However, Gee was saddled with the loss to fall to 9-7.
BISONS NOTES:Pitcher Bobby Livingston was released on Wednesday to make room for Fernando Nieve’s return to Buffalo. Nieve was 3-0 with the Bisons last season and 2-4 with a 6.00ERA in 40 games with the Mets in 2010…Luis Hernandez had three more hits and is now hitting .351 as a Bison…Jose De La Torre had allowed just one run in his last 13 relief appearances before surrendering two runs in 1.1 innings of work.