Tonawanda News — BUFFALO — Shake it off and put it behind them. That’s all the Buffalo Bisons can do.
Zach McAllister worked 71/3 scoreless innings as the Columbus Clippers breezed to a 9-0 win over the Bisons in front of 6,133 fans at Coca-Cola Field on Thursday afternoon.
Winning eight of their last nine games, the Herd offense had been humming along as of late — especially during a home stand where the Bisons had won six of seven. But the offensive attack hit a thud as the Bisons could only muster four hits on the day.
“Hopefully we can rub this off and get ready for (Friday),” said Bisons left fielder Adron Chambers.
McAllister, who has won 18 games with the Cleveland Indians over parts of the past four seasons, is a former top prospect in the Yankees chain. He improved to 3-0 on the year with a 1.48 ERA. McAllister struck out six, walked two and scattered three hits as he used a consistent first-pitch fastball strike to set the tone and keep Bison batters off balance all day. He retired 12 Bisons in a row between the fourth and seventh innings.
“Offensively, we didn’t do anything off a guy that’s been a big league pitcher,” said Bisons manager Gary Allenson.
The Clippers 11-hit offensive onslaught was highlighted by Roberto Perez’s solo home run in the second inning — his eighth of the year — and a two-run blast by Jesus Aguilar that made it 3-0 Columbus.
Bison starter Deck McGuire fell to 3-3 as he was tagged for four runs — three earned — on six hits and three walks over his six innings of work.
After winning three of his first four starts (with one no decision), McGuire has now lost his last three starts and experienced his most alarming control issues to date in Thursday’s loss.