(bisons.com)-A struggling starting pitcher and lack in offense led to Durham taking its second straight game over the Herd 4-2 Friday night at Coca-Cola Field.
The Bisons had trouble finding the scoreboard. Buffalo had just four base runners through the first five innings of play. Only four batters in the lineup were able to hit its way on base.
"I was surprised we were still in the game to be honest," Manager Gary Allenson said. "It was the kind of game where it was 1-0, but it felt like 5-0. As a hitter you need to be aggressive for a fastball and not many guys are doing that right now."
It wasn't the night that Deck McGuire was hoping for on the mound. The righty had some issues with his command as he walked seven batters in his 4.1 innings of work.
"He wasn't like that the first three times out. He was throwing strikes and being aggressive in the count. For the most part he didn't work ahead," Allenson said.
In the first, Robby Price connected on a McGuire fastball that scampered into centerfield. McGuire walked three batters that inning, including walking in Durham's opening run in the first. The former 11th overall pick of the 2010 Draft allowed three earned runs off four hits and struck out three before departing for Austin Bibens-Dirkx in the fifth.
Jeremy Moore made Bisons pitchers pay again. After crushing a two-run homer last night that won the game for his ball club, Moore homered again in Friday night's contest. Moore connected on a two-run homer off McGuire, after Curt Casili walked to lead off the inning. Moore powered a payoff pitch from McGuire that soared over Anthony Gose in right center and over the wall, in the same vicinity as last nights homer to put Durham up 3-0.
The Bisons will battle with Durham tomorrow night with first pitch at 7:05pm. Buffalo's P.J. Walters will be on the hill to face Matt Andriese.