(bisons.com)- There was a noticeable difference in the Buffalo Bisons' lineup and defensive alignment Monday night at Coca-Cola Field.
The high energy and defensive prowess that Anthony Gose brought to the club this season was not available. In fact, it wasn't even in Buffalo. During the day, the center fielder and his International League leading 36 runs were recalled to the Toronto Blue Jays, who he spent 56 games with a season ago.
Playing just the third game of the year without Gose, the Herd lost to the Charlotte Knights, 5-1. Having to fill the presence Gose provided the club is something manager Marty Brown hopes for, and something he didn't get on Monday.
"It's not necessarily what those numbers say on the board because Anthony's numbers aren't great," Brown said. "It's about the battle you put in each and every at-bat. You see what kind of energy Anthony brings to the table and we didn't have a lot of it tonight. Other people are going to have to step up."
The Herd managed only six hits, and saw Knights' starter Andre Rienzo strikeout a half dozen over six innings before turning the game over to the bullpen.
"You have to give (Rienzo) some credit, he threw the ball pretty well," Brown said. "He mixed speeds with his fastball and pitched to both sides of the plate well. He never really let us get through the one inning we had an opportunity, he made some good pitches. So it was one of those days where you have to go out and really grind it out and we didn't get it done."
A pair of solo homers surrendered by Dave Bush in the second was the difference. Jordan Danks led off the frame with his first of two blasts to and Lars Anderson went the other way to left two batters later to give Charlotte a 2-0 advantage.
"Every time he was behind in the count, they took advantage of it," Brown said of his starter. "Dave knows this, too, you can't pitch behind in the count. With his velocity, you have to be almost perfect, and he left some balls over the plate and they took advantage of it."
Angel Sanchez extended the lead in the top half of the fourth with ground-single up the middle that scored two. Danks led off the inning with a single and Josh Phegley followed with a roped double to the wall in left before they were brought in.
Despite the solo shots, Bush bounced back well after allowing nine runs on 10 hits in his last start at Indianapolis, and finished with a season-high seven strikeouts. He allowed four runs on six hits over six innings of work.
"He's going to give up some solo home runs, as we've seen this year," Brown said. "But it was a positive type outing in which he can build upon for the next one."
Buffalo chipped into the lead in the fourth when it loaded the bases with two outs. Ryan Goins hit a grounder right down the third base line that forced Angel Sanchez to range to his right and field the ball on his backhand. Goins legged out the throw to score Mauro Gomez, who had a one-out single, before Eugenio Velez grounded out to end the threat.
Charlotte now leads the series, 2-1, and the two teams will conclude their four-game series Tuesday with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.