Lincoln leads Indy
The Bisons’ first-inning woes continued Wednesday afternoon in Indianapolis as the Indians plated three runs in the first inning, setting the tone for a 6-1 Herd loss.
After scoring four in the opening stanza Tuesday night in a 10-1 blowout, the I-Tribe tagged starter Casey Fossum with three on four hits in the first, including RBI singles by Alex Presley and Jason Jaramillo. During the roadtrip, Buffalo has been outscored by thier opponent 19-0 in the first inning the past six games.
On the other side, the Bisons struggled to solve Indianapolis starter Brad Lincoln, who shut out the Herd in seven innings of work, striking out seven and walking one. Lincoln scattered four hits (all singles) over separate innings. Lincoln’s record improves to 4-3.
Lincoln retired the first seven batters he faced. His record improves to 4-3.
Fossum settled in for the next three innings, but allowed a Gorkys Hernandez double before a towering left-field home run by Chase d’Arnoud.
Fossum left a leadoff single in the sixth by Matt Hague, finishing with six runs allowed on eight hits with no walks and two strikeouts after reliever Bobby Parnell allowed a Josh Harrison double that scored Hague. Fossum’s record dropped to 0-4.
Despite allowing two hits in the sixth, Parnell avoided a big inning, stranding both as he continued his rehab assignment.
Raul Chavez went 2-for-3, including a double off of reliever Cesar Valdez in the eighth.
Michael Fisher drove in Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the ninth for the Bisons’ only run, avoiding their third shutout of the season.
Pinch hitter Mike Nickeas struck out with Fisher on first for the final out against Indians reliever Tim Wood.
Game Notes: The Bisons haven’t won a series at Indianapolis since 2004, with the loss guaranteeing at best a split…Nickeas lost a five-game hit streak with the strikeout…Fisher is now has five hits in his last 11 at-bats.