Buffalo 4, Indianapolis 8: Bisons Early Deficit Proves Too Deep

The rain dampened the spirits of the fans and play of the Herd as the Bisons fell to Indianapolis 8-4 Monday night.

Starting pitcher Randy Wolf got two quick outs to open the game. Then a Steve Lombardozzi single broke things open. The hit was followed by two walks and another single, knocking in two runs. A strikeout stopped the bleeding relatively quickly, but that would not be the end of the Indians’ early offense. In the second inning the visitors struck again with two runs, accompanied by some help from a Buffalo error. Again in the third the Indians tacked on to their lead with four more runs. Through three innings the Indians led the Bisons 8-3. The rally knocked starter Randy Wolf out of the game and put a Bisons victory ultimately out of reach.

The Bisons countered with offense out of the gate as well, though it would not be enough. Three Bisons’ singles in the first inning would be enough to score Andy Burns, who started the rally. In the second inning again Burns was involved, knocking in a run, Buffalo’s second of the inning and third of the game. Again in the fourth the Bisons pushed across a run. It was their fourth run of the game, but not nearly enough to make up the deficit. 

The game hit a rain delay halfway through the fifth, requiring the tarp and an exodus of all players. The delay totaled 38 minutes. Buffalo came out stale following the delay. A.J. Jimenez and Ryan Schimpf struck out to end the inning following a Luke Scott double.

Buffalo went quietly through the second half of the game. The Herd didn’t score a run past the fourth inning and only threatened slightly in the bottom of the ninth. The Bisons put two runners on base, but a double play groundout ended the game.  

The Bisons play Indianapolis again the next two days to finish off the three game set. Buffalo will look to avoid dropping its third straight game tomorrow at 6:05 p.m.

Mascot Race

The arrogance of Chicken Wing was on full display yet again. He opted for a mid-race workout in lieu of the victory. The pause for some push up reps tripped up Celery and handed Atomic Wing the victory. Celery remains winless on the season and in his career.