Niagara Gazette — BUFFALO — The Buffalo Bisons put plenty of runners on base Thursday afternoon, but failed to come through in the clutch.
The Herd stranded eight runners, went 2 for 7 with runners in scoring position and hit into four double plays as it fell to the Gwinnett Braves, 3-2, at Coca-Cola Field, falling for the third straight game.
Gwinnett starter David Hale (2-3) danced in and out of danger for six scoreless innings. He gave up hits to Buffalo's Mike McCoy and Mauro Gomez in the first inning, but escaped when Luis Jimenez, third in the International League in RBIs, grounded into a double play.
The Bisons (36-36) didn't help themselves, either.
A leadoff double by Moises Sierra in the second turned into an out when Sierra got himself into a rundown. Ricardo Nanita followed with a one-out single, but Sean Ochinko grounded into a double play of his own to end the inning.
Jimenez hit a one-out double in the fourth, which Sierra followed with a single. But Jimenez held at third, and Nanita grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.
"We squandered some chances early on that really killed us," Bisons manager Marty Brown said. "We put some hits together, but nothing really happened until late. It was one of those days where several different things were out of whack."
The Braves (31-44) struck for the game's first run in the top of the fourth after being held hitless through three by Buffalo starter Justin Germano (4-6). Todd Cunningham led off with a single and advanced to second on Joey Terdoslavich's groundout to the pitcher. He them moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a two-out single by Brandon Boggs.
Germano gave up just five hits through seven, and Brown sent him back out for the eighth inning. Cunningham led off with a double to right, and two batters later, Ernesto Mejia took an 0-1 pitch over the left field wall for a two-run shot, his 17th of the season.