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ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Three Lehigh Valley pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout of the Buffalo Bisons and pinned a 6-0 loss on the Herd on Sunday evening at Coca-Cola Park.
It marked the 13th time the Bisons were shut out this season.
The last-place Herd (67-76) concludes the 2012 season this afternoon with a 1:35 game against the IronPigs (Radio 1520 AM). It is likely their last game as a New York Mets affiliate.
The Bisons produced 24 runs in the first three games of their season-ending road trip, but scratched on Sunday against Lehigh Valley. The Herd had just three singles and went 0-6 with runners in scoring position. Brad Emaus, Josh Rodriguez and Matt den Dekker had the three singles for the Bisons, who struck out 12 times.
Six of the scoreless innings were compliments of IronPigs pitcher Tom Cochran, who struck out seven to improve his record to 9-5.
Cochran received some much-needed support early with a four-run first inning.
There were five singles in the inning with Cody Overbeck driving in two runs with a hard grounder to left. Overbeck drove home two more runs with another single in the fifth inning.
Bisons pitcher Jenrry Mejia (3-4) took the loss, allowing six runs on 11 hits in six innings.
The Bisons are 39-40 against the International League North this season, including a 21-18 mark in divisional road games. The Herd has season series wins over Syracuse (10-6) and Rochester (9-7). The Bisons are 34-37 on the road this season. The last time the Herd finished at .500 in road games was 2007 (36-36). The Bisons haven't had a winning road record since 2004 (42-31).
Fernando Cabrera pitched the bottom of the eighth inning for his league-leading 57th appearance of the year. That total also ties the Bisons modern era record set in 1990 by Rich Batchelor.
The Bisons starter for today's game is to be determined, while Scott Elarton gets the nod for the IronPigs.