Rough night for the Bisons in the series opener Tuesday in Columbus. There's an understatement. The Herd gave up 17 runs in the first four innings and got blitzed, 21-3, in one of the worst losses of its modern era. Here's a quick rundown of some of the records broken or approached:
---Clippers third baseman Jared Goedert went 4 for 4 with a pair of three-run home runs, scored four times and his nine RBIs were the most ever against Buffalo. The previous record of seven was set several times, the last by Columbus Luis Valbuena in a game in Coca-Cola Field in 2010.
---Clippers leadoff man Ezequiel Carrera scored five runs, the first time anyone has done that against Buffalo in the modern era.
---With the Mets short in the bullpen and Chris Young called up from Buffalo to start in Washington rather than make one more start with the Herd, the Bisons turned to spot man Dylan Owen. He had a 1.62 ERA as a starter this season but that's now 6.04 after he gave up 13 runs (all earned!) on 11 hits and walked five in just three-plus innings.
Owen was mercifully pulled during the eight-run fourth that put Columbus in front, 17-3. There is no listing for the most runs against by a pitcher in the Buffalo media guide but I'm fairly certain this would be the mark.
---The 21 runs by Columbus fell one shy of the most against the Herd, set in a 22-6 loss to Oklahoma City in 1987 in War Memorial Stadium, but the figure is the most against Buffalo on the road. It's the fourth time in the modern era the Bisons have been rung up for 20+.
---The 18-run margin of defeat is one shy of the franchise mark, set in a 20-1 loss at Oklahoma City in 1993.
---Bisons pitchers had allowed just 20 total runs in the nine games prior to Tuesday's contest. The last Buffalo pitcher was catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere, who gave up three runs in the eighth. He's the first position player to throw for the Herd since infielder Trent Durrington got the win in the 15-14 victory over Pawtucket that saw Buffalo rally for nine runs in the bottom of the ninth.
The crazy part for Columbus? The game was the opener of a homestand for the two-time defending Triple-A national champions -- on the heels of a 12-game road trip to New York. The Clippers went 3-1 in Syracuse, scoring 31 runs in the four games. Then they combined to go 2-6 in Buffalo and Rochester -- getting just nine runs in the eight games.
That includes just two runs in four games at woebegone Rochester. Guess the Clippers were waaaay overdue.