J.P. Arencibia and Corey Brown were a two-man wrecking crew Tuesday night against the Buffalo Bisons at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.
Between the two, Arencibia and Brown went 7 for 9, scored five runs, drove in five and had 19 total bases in the Bulls’ 7-0 victory.
Arencibia hit a pair of home runs and two singles, driving in three runs. Brown had a double, triple, home run and two RBIs.
Slugger departs: A few days ago the Bisons seemed over-supplied with left-handed power hitters. Not any more. The day after trading Andy Wilkins to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the parent Toronto Blue Jays selected the contract of the Herd’s team home run and RBI leader, Chris Colabello. Colabello was batting .337 with five home runs, 18 runs batted in and 46 total bases when he got called up Tuesday.
Matt Hague, a long-ball threat from the right side, started at first base Tuesday night for the Bisons in the opener of their three-game series in Durham.
Bulls break through: Andrew Albers of the Bisons and right-hander Andrew Bellatti were locked in a scoreless duel until Arencibia stepped in to lead off the Durham fourth and homered to right field to put the Bulls in front. It was the first home run allowed by Albers as a Bison since Opening Day. Albers left after having thrown 78 pitches over five innings.
Middle relief fails: Durham scored three times against Rob Rasmussen, who relieved Albers to start the sixth inning. Again it was Arencibia who started it, leading off with a ground single to center. Brown, who had a double after Arencibia’s homer in the fourth, tripled this time. He scored on a single by Leonardo Reginatto and Eugenio Velez singled home the third run of the inning.
It’s them again: Arencibia and Brown hit back-to-back solo home runs to make it 6-0 in the seventh off Bisons reliever Gregory Infante.
Diaz back: To make room on the roster for Colabello, the Blue Jays sent middle infielder Jonathan Diaz back to the Herd. Diaz batted .178 in 16 games for Buffalo at the start of the season.
What’s next: Daniel Norris will make his first start for the Bisons since he was sent down from Toronto against right-hander Dylan Florio (2-2, 4.60) of the Bulls Wednesday (7 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). Twenty-year-old Miguel Castro will make his first Triple-A start for the Bisons in the series finale Thursday morning.
No threat: Buffalo was held to four hits by five Durham pitchers. The closest the Bisons game to scoring was against Bellatti in the second inning when Hague led off with a single and took second on a two-out single by Munenori Kawasaki. A.J. Jiminez grounded into a force to end the inning. Those were the only Buffalo hits through six innings. The only other baserunner against Bellatti was Kawasaki, who walked with one out in the fifth but was erased on a double play. Brad Glenn led off with a double and Kawasaki walked in the eighth but Jordan Norberto retired the next three batters.
Attendance: 4,234 announced on an 80-degree night in Carolina.