(bisons.com)-An Andy LaRoche solo home run was the only offense the Bisons could muster in a 2-1 rain-shortened loss to the Tides in Norfolk on Saturday night. Kendall Graveman pitched well in his first Triple-A test, but suffered the loss in his Bisons debut.
The game was called in the bottom of the eighth inning and after a delay of over an hour.
LaRoche's homer, his fifth of the season, was one of only three hits the Bisons collected against four Tides pitchers. With one out in the second, the veteran gave Buffalo the early lead when pulled a Steve Johnson pitch over the wall in left field.
Norfolk had nine hits on the night, eight coming off the rookie Graveman. However, the righty was impressive, yielding just two hits over six innings of work with four strikeouts. The only really hard hit ball was Daniel Alvarez's double in the sixth inning, which brought home Henry Urrutia with the game-winning run for the Tides.
The 23-year old Graveman was making just his 32nd career start as a professional. Drafted by the Blue Jays in the eighth round last season, the righty has rocked up the Blue Jays farm system with 11 wins at three different levels in 2014. His start Saturday for Buffalo came just five days after his one and only career start at Double-A New Hampshire.
The Bisons will have a tough test in game two of the series on Saturday night. Baltimore Orioles' starter Ubaldo Jimenez is scheduled to start for Norfolk with a 6:05 p.m. first pitch against the Herd.