PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Looking at an opportunity to break even on their eight-game road trip, the Buffalo Bisons lost, 5-3, to the Pawtucket Red Sox on Sunday afternoon before 9,967 at McCoy Stadium.
Instead, the Herd finished 3-5 on the trip to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Pawtucket and fell back into third place in the North Division of the International League. They begin an eight-game home stand tonight at Coca-Cola Field against the Gwinnett Braves (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM).
Rookie slugger Alex Hassan of the Red Sox was a nemesis again for the Herd. Hassan’s two-run double got the Sox off to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The strapping 25-year-old from Duke went 4 for 8 in the series, driving in four of the seven runs Pawtucket scored in the three games he played.
Brandon Snyder hit a two-run homer in the third as Pawtucket built its lead to 5-0 against losing pitcher Chad Jenkins (0-3).
Pawtucket starter Steven Wright (3-4) completed eight innings, allowing only a single run. The only run against the 28-year-old right-hander came in the eighth when Moises Sierra led off with a single, moved up on a wild pitch and scored on Ricardo Nanita’s single.
Buffalo added two runs in the ninth against reliever Chris Martin on a two-run homer by ex-PawSox slugger Mauro Gomez, his International League-leading 18th of the season. Jim Negrych, who went 2 for 4 to raise his batting average to .344, followed with a single but Sierra grounded into a double play to end it.
Jenkins had been the scheduled starter tonight against Gwinnett. His replacement has not been announced. Todd Redmond (1-1, 10.24) was listed to start Sunday. Right-hander Omar Poveda (5-3, 3.01) is down for tonight’s start for the Braves.
The Herd (35-33) lost three of the four games in the series to the PawSox. With a chance to catch first-place Pawtucket (40-28) going into the weekend, Buffalo instead fell five games behind the Sox in the IL’s North Division with the season approaching the midpoint. Buffalo is scheduled to reach the 72-game mark (halfway) Thursday afternoon against Gwinnett.
The Durham Bulls will come to Buffalo to complete the Bisons’ homestand starting Friday.