The Buffalo Bisons wrapped up their series against the St. Paul Saints on Sunday with an 8-4 loss, and the Herd likely couldn’t wait for it to end soon enough.
Dropping five of six to St. Paul while being outscored 43-19 – and losing nine of their last 12 outings going back to May 23 – will do that. Buffalo’s slump has also seen their season record fall to 25-32, eighth-best in the Northeast Division of Triple-A East.
The Saints got on the board first with an RBI double by Matt Wallner and Luis De Los Santos answered back for the Bisons with his first home run of the season – a two-run blast to left centerfield – to put the Herd on top 2-1 heading into the third inning.
It was all downhill from there. Starting pitcher Casey Lawrence, who entered the game with a 4.86 ERA (and coming off a 9-1 drubbing at the hands of the Saints on Tuesday night), allowed a triple to Andrew Stevenson and Jose Miranda drove him home on a base hit to tie the game at two. Then Wallner (who ended the series going 11-26 with four doubles, three homers and 10 RBIs) got another double to give St. Paul a 3-2 lead.
Following Wallner’s hit, Edouard Julien belted a three-run shot to make it 6-2 and Elliot Soto grounded into a double play but drove home a run to increase the lead to 7-2. That, plus Julien’s RBI double in the top of the fourth, was all the offense St. Paul needed to win.
Lawrence was yanked following that double having given up eight runs on 10 hits while striking out two and walking three. His bullpen – which on Sunday consisted of Yosver Zulueta, Mitch White, Junior Fernandez and Thomas Hatch – managed to stop the bleeding, but it was too little too late at that point.
LJ Talley and Wynton Bernard managed to hit an RBI double and drove home a runner on a sac fly, respectively, to tack on two more runs for the Bisons. Buffalo will travel to Toledo to take on the Mud Hens in a six-game series starting on June 6.