TOLEDO, O.H. (From Bisons.com)- For the second straight night Sunday, the Buffalo Bisons couldn't crack the Toledo Mud Hens.
After having its four-game winning streak was snapped Saturday night, the Herd is now on a two-game slide following a 6-0 defeat at the hands of the Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field. In the process of shutting down the International League's fourth-ranked hitting team, Toledo took a 2-1 lead in the four-game series with the victory.
J.A. Happ took the mound for his second MLB rehab start with Buffalo. The left-hander was placed on the disabled list by the Toronto Blue Jays May 8 after being struck in the head by a line drive a day earlier and also suffered sprained knee ligaments the same game.
Although he took the loss, a positive for Happ is that he was able to work without interruption. In his initial rehab start, Tuesday against Columbus, a 79-minute rain delay ended Happ's night after four innings. He was able to give his body more of a test Sunday, throwing 92 pitches, 56 for strikes, over 4 2/3 innings.
The Mud Hens were able to get to the Herd's starter in the first, though. Jordan Lennerton, Toledo's second batter of the game, hit a two-run homer to right to start the night's scoring.
That was all the run support Toledo starter Blaine Hardy needed. The left-hander tossed six shutout innings, allowing just four hits and striking out six. The Bisons were able to draw four walks against him, but the four hits against Hardy were all they had in the contest.
The Mud Hens stretched three more runs across in the fourth on an RBI single by Danny Worth and a Nick Castellanos two-out, two-run single to make it 5-0. All six of Toledo's runs were charged to Happ, who gave up eight hits, three walks and fanned four.
Buffalo had its best chance to get on the board in the third.
Ryan Goins led off the inning with a walk and Mike McCoy had a bunt single to hardy. The throw to first on the play ended up in right field, putting runners on second and third with one out. Kevin Pillar and Anthony Gose then had back-to-back strikeouts to halt any scoring.
Bobby Korecky and Joel Carreno came out of the bullpen and pitched well to finish the game. They each had a pair of strikeouts and the only blemish was a hit given up by Korecky, who pitched 2 1/3 innings, while Carreno pitched the eighth.
The final game of the series will be Monday with the first pitch set for noon.
BISONS NOTES: The Bisons fell a game back in the playoff race. They are now 3 1/2 games of IL North-leading Rochester and Pawtucket, also meaning their deficit for the lone wild-card spot is the same...Gose, Andy LaRoche and Goins had Buffalo's other hits...Pillar had an outfield assist, throwing Castellanos out at second after his two-run single.