The Buffalo Bisons kept rolling out good pitchers on Monday, and the Durham Bulls kept sitting down after their at-bats.
Three Bisons’ pitchers combined for a two-hitter as the Herd defeated Durham, 3-0, in Durham Bulls Athletic Park. It was Buffalo’s third straight win, which follows a four-game losing streak.
Arnold Leon got the Bisons off to a great start. He was perfect through four innings, but gave up a walk and a hit in the fifth before getting out of a jam.
Chris Leroux came on to allow one hit over three innings. David Aardsma finished up with a perfect ninth inning.
The Bulls struck out 15 times during the course of the game.
Enough support: The Bisons scored all the runs they needed in the top of the first. Jesus Montero drove in a pair of runs with a double. The Herd DH went 3 for 4 for the game. Junior Lake added some insurance when he singled home Domonic Brown in the ninth inning. Buffalo’s 2-3-4 hitters combined for seven hits.
Almost out in order: Leroux had an unusual start to his night, as he got the Bulls to go 1-2-3-4. Cameron Switzer started the inning with a strikeout, but reached base on a wild pitch on the third strike. Tyler Motter and Daniel Robertson followed with strikeouts, and Nick Franklin grounded out to third base. Therefore, the Bisons recorded four putouts in the inning.
Records: Buffalo – 14-17, Durham – 14-18.
Big Daddy: Pitcher Ryan Tepera is headed to Toronto again. Brett Cecil has been placed on the paternity list by the Blue Jays, so Tepera – who was just sent to the Bisons by the major-league team on Sunday – was recalled to take his roster spot. The right-hander had an 0-1 record with the Bisons. Cecil will be off the roster for as many as three days because of the birth of his child.
Coming up: The four-game series continues in Durham on Tuesday night (7 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). Drew Hutchison (0-1) seeks his first win with the Bisons. He’ll be opposed by Blake Snell (1-3).