LOUISVILLE — It was a sparkling performance on the mound for Kyle Drabek.
The starter pitched eight shutout innings to lead the Buffalo Bisons to a 4-2 win over the Louisville Bats at Louisville Slugger Field on Thursday night.
While Drabek was tossing a two-hitter, Liam Hendriks was packing his bags for Toronto. Hendriks was called up by the Blue Jays to start for the team tonight in Rogers Centre as they open a homestand against the Oakland Athletics.
In seven starts for the Bisons, Hendriks is 5-0 with a 1.48 earned run average. He has allowed the fewest walks (0.60) and baserunners (7.86) per nine innings in the International League.
Back in Louisville, Drabek got through eight innings throwing just 90 pitches. He walked two and struck out five.
Ryan Tepera struggled in his relief appearance in the ninth inning. After striking out the first batter, he gave up a walk then a home run to Ruben Gotay that cut the Bisons’ lead to 4-2. Tepera gave up another single then left the game in favor of closer Bobby Korecky.
Korecky got the next batter to line out to right, then struck out Donald Lutz to end the game.
The Bisons jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run single from Brad Glenn.
In the fourth, a groundout by Mike Nickeas allowed Matt Tuiasosopo to score.
The lead expanded to 4-0 in the sixth on an RBI triple from Jonathan Diaz. That was the second triple of the game for Diaz. He became the 18th Bison in the modern era to triple twice in one game, the last time coming from the bat of Anthony Gose on July 29, 2013.
With the promotion of Hendriks, Sean Hill will start for the Herd tonight as the series against the Bats in Louisville continues (6:35 p.m., Radio 1520 AM).
Hill has made three starts with the Herd, going 1-1 with a 5.21 ERA. His last outing was a win on May 18 against Lehigh Valley at Coca-Cola Field where he gave up one run on four hits in seven innings.