The Buffalo Bisons got off to a terrific start in Saturday afternoon’s home match-up with the Pawtucket Red Sox. Domonic Brown launched a monster two-run shot off PawSox starter Brian Johnson to give the Herd an early 2-0 lead. However, unfortunately for the 7,144 in attendance at Coca-Cola Field, that was as good as it got for the home squad.
The lead last for all of a half-inning as PawSox C Sandy Leon hit a two-run shot of his own to tie it in the top of the 2nd. Chris Marrero gave them the lead with a sacrifice fly in the 3rd and it was all Red Sox after that.
“We’ve scored 2 run or fewer in 4 of the last 6 games,” said Bisons Manager Gary Allenson after the game. “If you’re looking for a silver-lining, we’re 4-6 and not hitting.”
Bisons starter Casey Lawrence never seemed to get going in the contest, allowing 5 runs (all earned) on 6 hits. He took the loss and is 0-2 on the year. Red Sox starter Brian Johnson allowed just the Brown HR and cruised to a relatively easy win, allowing 5 hits and striking out 5. Lawrence struck out 3.
Cole Sturgeon doubled in the 4th to make it 5-2 and the game belonged to the pitchers from there on. Buffalo’s bullpen was stellar in relief of Lawrence, allowing one hit in 4 innings between Chad Jenkins and Bobby Korecky. Allenson was very proud of the performance of the relievers.
“They’ve done a great job the whole year, they’re keeping us in games,” he added. “We’re not taking advantage of the opportunities to nip and tug back into games.”
Despite the early struggles of the Herd’s bats, infielder Matt Dominguez is confident his team will pick it up.
“It’s still early in the year, we just need to get our timing down and have better, more consistent at-bats,” he said. “If we stay loose, things will turn around eventually.”
Before the game, Dominguez was presented with the Triple-A Gold Glove he earned at third base last season with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Funny enough, Dominguez was at first today. His replacement at third, Andy Burns, led the Bisons with 2 hits. Chris Dominguez and Sandy Leon each had 2 of the Pawtucket’s 6 hits.
The 4 game series continues with another afternoon game tomorrow at 1:05 PM.