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Bisons drop third straight, lose to Columbus 10-3
LaRoche homers, Romero struggles
07/22/2013 11:06 PM ET
Third baseman Andy LaRoche hit a two-run homer in the Bisons 10-3 loss to Columbus on Monday.
Third baseman Andy LaRoche hit a two-run homer in the Bisons 10-3 loss to Columbus on Monday. 

Buffalo fell behind early and could not make up the difference for the second straight day.

The Bisons allowed two four-run innings against Columbus en route to a 10-3 blowout loss to drop their third-straight game Monday night at Coca-Cola Field.

Marty Brown's team is now 50-51 on the season and have gone 1-4 since the All-Star break last week.

"They know that we're out here playing as hard as we can to get wins," Brown said of his team. "I don't think we're out here really pressing as much as I think we haven't gotten back into a flow and we need to get it going."

Ricky Romero got the start for the Herd and was coming off of one of his best starts of the season on July 14 against Scranton, where he threw eight innings allowing just one earned run, while striking out four.

Tonight, the southpaw could not get out of the second inning as he finished with four earned runs, five walks and one strikeout in his 13th start for the Herd to drop to 2-4 on the year.

Romero was supposed to start Saturday but became ill and might have been feeling the effects as he struggled with his command and location right off the bat.

"I hate making excuses," Romero said after the game. "If I was good enough to take the ball, then I expect a lot out of myself. Preparing was really different… not eating for two days, I don't know if it affected me."

Columbus stormed out to a 4-1 lead as Romero got himself in trouble after walking the first two batters in the second inning, bringing Columbus third baseman Nate Spears to the plate. Spears then hit a double over Kevin Pillar's head in left field to clear the bases and give the Clippers a three run lead.

Romero walked Chun Chen with the bases loaded for his fourth walk of the inning, putting Columbus up 5-1. Romero pitched to seven batters in the second before Brown pulled him from his start and replaced him with reliever Bobby Korecky.< P>

Brown said the team staff is going to check up on Romero and get him back into a comfortable routine so he can get back on the positive track he was on for the last month in which he won two games.

"It's just one start and with all the work I've put in the past month and a half and all the good starts I've had, I think we're still going in the right direction," Romero said. "I'm not going to sit here and get down on it."

Bisons third baseman Andy LaRoche hit a two-run home run off of the bottom of the left field foul pole to pull the Herd within two at 5-3 after the fourth.

But, Ezequiel Carrera hit a solo shot to right field off of Herd reliever Joel Correno to increase the Clippers lead to 6-3 with one out in the seventh. Juan Diaz then doubled to the left field corner just out of Pillar's reach, scoring Carrera and ending Correno's night as Columbus led 7-3 with two outs.

Korecky finished with four solid innings of one-hit ball, while striking out four without allowing a walk. Correno lasted 1.2 innings with two earned runs, two strikeouts and two walks.

Herd right-hander John Stilson allowed an RBI-single in the seventh by Matt Carson to score Diaz from second. Gose's throw from center was off-line and the Clippers led 8-3.

Stilson allowed two walks to the next two Columbus hitters to load the bases. Next batter Roberto Perez singled to right to score Carson, but Anthony Gose threw out Ryan Rohlinger from center field to end the inning with the Bisons down six runs.

"On the pitching side of things, we've gotten some starts that have been kind of iffy so that's the key," Brown said. "We can't be down by five runs after two innings. We have to give ourselves a chance to get into the game and get some momentum, because we do have guys who can do some things with the bat."

 

 

Bisons Notes: Tonight was the first of a four game series against Columbus at Coca-Cola Field…RHP Neil Wagner and OF Moises Sierra were both activated before the game…Wagner had been with Toronto since May 29…OF Eugenio Velez and RHP Claudio Vargas have been released by Buffalo…OF Anthony Gose stole his 12th base of the season in the fifth inning…RHP Buddy Carlyle threw two innings, allowing one run and three hits while striking out three batters.

 

 

-the herd-

 

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