By Mike Harrington
Here's the updated ugliness on the Bisons' offense after Thursday's 5-1 loss to Lehigh Valley dropped the Herd into the hinterlands of the races in both the International League North and the wild-card:
---The Bisons managed five hits in the game, with doubles by Mike McCoy, Mike Nickeas and Ryan Langerhans and singles by Mauro Gomez and Brad Glenn. They have their fourth four-game losing streak of the season and are batting a meager .161 (19-118) in the four games and slugging at a putrid .229 clip.
---They went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base. Incredibly, they have gone four straight games without an RISP hit but they are only 0 for 14 in those spots. Crazy to only have 14 at-bats in four games with a runner at second or third. They have left 26 men on base in those games, not a high total given their relative lack of offense.
---A fifth-inning run produced by Ricardo Nanita's sacrifice fly ended Buffalo's scoreless streak at 26 innings but that was all the Herd managed. So it's one run in the last 30 1/3 innings dating to late in Sunday's game. At least the Bisons got one run and avoided their first run of three straight shutout losses since 1986. Yeesh.
---And finally, some craziness from the IL North: Pawtucket took over first place tonight with its 5-2 win at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (some kid named Jeter went 2 for 3 on rehab for the RailRiders). The PawSox were buried after an 11-30 collapse that carried well into August but have suddenly caught fire to go 11-1 in their last 12 games.
So Rochester is now atop the wild-card race. The Bisons are fourth in the division (five games behind Pawtucket) and wild-card (4 1/2 behind Rochester).