Castillo’s homer sends Herd to third loss in row
It’s early, but with three losses in a row, the Buffalo Bisons (2-4) are already three games out of first place in the North Division of the International League.
Led by Rusney Castillo’s threerun homer in the fifth inning, the Pawtucket Red Sox defeated the Bisons, 6-4, Tuesday night before 4,295 at Sahlen Field. The three-game series wraps up Wednesday afternoon (Radio 1520, 1:05 p.m.).
Up to Tuesday night, Roemon Fields, Cavan Biggio and Andy Burns had accounted for 21 of the team’s 34 hits. They each had hits in the loss but were joined by Eric Sogard (three singles), Jordan Patterson (two doubles, two RBIs) and Anthony Alford (single, triple). Buffalo got hits from eight of the nine slots in the batting order. PawSox reliever Bobby Poyner, a lefty, pitched the ninth and gave up a single to Burns and Patterson’s second double before striking out Gunnar Heidt, Patrick Cantwell and Roemon Fields.
Pawtucket took the lead with three runs in the third inning. Nick Lovullo, son of the former Bisons manager and playing favorite, singled one run home. The second crossed on a wild pitch and the third on Gorkys Hernandez’s sacrifice fly.
Bisons starter Jacob Waguespack (1-1) departed in the fourth after Castillo’s homer to left center and a single by Sam Travis. Dusty Isaacs came on and hit Josh Ockimey with a pitch before retiring the next eight batters.
Lefty Shawn Morimando (0-1, 6.00) is Wednesday’s scheduled starter for the Bisons against right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (0-0, 4.50).