Tonawanda News — The Buffalo Bisons suffered their first loss of the 2014 International League season late Wednesday, dropping the second game of a doubleheader to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 1-0, in Allentown, Pa.
The loss snapped a four-game win streak which included the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, which finally ended in the 11th inning with a 5-3 Buffalo win.
The only run of the game was scored in the third inning, when a passed ball by Bisons catcher Jack Murphy allowed Clete Thomas to score.
Marcus Stroman took the loss for the Herd. He pitched all six innings for Buffalo in the shortened contest, giving up just three hits while walking five and striking out eight batters.
Murphy, Juan Francisco and Andy LaRoche had Buffalo’s only three hits in the nightcap.
In the first game, the Bisons gave up two early runs before taking the 3-2 lead in the third inning. Lehigh Valley tied the game in the bottom of the inning.
That was all the scoring until the 11th inning, when Steve Tolleson hit a double to bring Brett Carroll and Anthony Gose home to put Buffalo ahead.
Bobby Korecky, who entered the game in the ninth inning, picked up his second win of the season and improved his record to 2-0. Rob Rasmussen got his first save of the season.
The Wednesday doubleheader ended a five-day road trip for the Bisons, who return to Buffalo today to open an eight-day home stand beginning with a series against the Pawtucket Red Sox.
J.A. Happ, who was sent down by the Toronto Blue Jays for an injury rehabilitation assignment, will start on the mound for the Bisons tonight. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.
In other Bisons moves Wednesday, the Blue Jays called up pitcher Neil Wagner and optioned fellow pitcher Marcus Walden to Buffalo.
Wagner has pitched in two of the Bisons three games this year, earning saves on April 3 against Rochester and April 6 against the Red Wings.