Bisons 0, Durham 1: Bisons Get Blanked

Felix Doubront was nearly perfect in his Bisons debut Wednesday night at Coca Cola Field. For 4.2 innings, he actually was perfect.

The Durham Bulls did not record their first hit until the fifth inning, a single that was followed by a walk and an inning ending groundout. Doubront would exit after that inning, finishing with five innings, one hit, one walk and three strikeouts. “Today was perfect,” said Doubront. “I can’t change anything next time out.”

However, a sixth inning run off of reliever Rob Rasmussen was all the Bulls would need to beat the Bisons Wednesday night.

The Bisons couldn't buy a run, though they out hit their opponent 7-2. The Bulls showcased some big league caliber pitching, throwing Jake McGee, who is on a rehab assignment, along with Grant Balfour and Ronald Belisario, who have both seen MLB success in the past.  

Buffalo's best chance at a run came in the fourth inning when Andy Burns was thrown out in between third base and home plate. Bisons’ manager Gary Allenson took blame for the mistake, as he sent Burns around the corner and into no-man’s land. “I’ll take the fall for that,” said Allenson on the mishap.

Dalton Pompey, who hit well in the first two games of this series, struggled today striking out three times. Chris Dickerson also struck out in the eight inning after leading the at bat with a 3-0 count, stranding two runners on base.  

The Bisons still won two of three against Durham, taking the first series of their home stand. The Herd welcomes Toledo tomorrow at 6:05 p.m. for the first of a four game set.