Bisons grounded by Harrell, Knights

Charlotte Knights starter Lucas Harrell quieted the Bisons’ bats with Buffalo hitting into 15 groundouts in the righty’s six innings in a 7-2 win to split the four-game series Tuesday night at Coca Cola Field.

“I thought we played well,” manager Tim Teufel said. “We just didn’t hit enough today.”

With two outs and a two-two count, Dayan Viciedo hit a deep right-field double off of Herd starter Brian Sweeney. On the next pitch, Tyler Flowers gave the Knights an early 2-0 lead with a home run over the old wall in left center field.

Home Plate umpire D.J. Reyburn ejected Bisons pitching coach Ricky Bones for protesting a close pitch in Viciedo’s at-bat.

“It looked like a pretty good pitch, but you really have to battle back,” Teufel said. “He made too many good pitches. He was throwing too many strikes today. He didn’t have a lot of effect pitches.”

Sweeney’s night ended in the fifth inning after allowing four runs on five hits, including two doubles, in the inning, with Viciedo’s second of thee two-baggers on the night sending the Buffalo righty to the dugout. He finished with totals six earned runs on nine hits with a strikeout, no walks and a wild pitch.

After a four-day absence from the lineup, catcher Mike Nickeas returned with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth, scoring Chin-Lung Hu.

Harrell allowed just Hu’s run (unearned due to a passed ball), walked two and struck out two.

Viciedo scored for the second time on the night in the eighth, advancing twice in one inning on wild pitches by reliever Ryota Igarashi.

The Bisons rallied in the eighth when Charlotte reliever Shane Lindsay walked the bases loaded, leaving in favor of Miguel Socolovich, who allowed a two-out RBI single to Bubba Bell. Socolovich rebounded to retire the next batter, Jesus Feliciano, with a groundout.

Nickeas doubled with one out in the ninth, but Socolovich retired the next two batters to seal the game.

Game Notes: The Bisons have their first day off in three weeks Wednesday… Manny Acosta struck out two and walked one in two shutout relief innings… After his shutout ninth inning, Dale Thayer has allowed just one run over his last 10.1 innings.

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