Tony Sanchez homered in the sixth and the Bisons got solid pitching to earn a 1-0 win over the Norfolk Tides at Harbor Park Saturday night.
The biggest plays of the night came in the bottom of the eighth. With the one-run lead, reliever Chad Jenkins gave up a walk and a double. Pat Venditte entered the game and hit Tides batter Jimmy Paredes to load the bases with no outs. Venditte responded with a three-pitch strike out, got a pop-up out to second and another strike out to leave the bases loaded and preserve the lead.
Shutouts: The Herd picked up their third shutout on the road trip. They improved to 4-2 on the seven-game swing.
Rain delays: The game was delayed for 55 minutes with rain and had a 33-minute delay in the third inning.
Roster moves: Righthanded pitcher Ryan Tepera returned to the Herd after his second stint with Toronto this year. He was optioned by the Blue Jays on Thursday. Righty Bo Schultz joins the Bisons on a Major League Baseball injury rehabilitation assignment for a hip injury. Schultz has allowed five runs in 4∑ innings in five combined rehab outings with Single-A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire. Infielder Shane Opitz was transferred to Double-A New Hampshire. He went 0 for 3 in his lone Bisons game.
Schultz rehab: Schutlz pitched the sixth inning for the Herd. He hit the first batter he faced, but then got a strikeout and the defense turned a double play to end the inning.
Up next: The Bisons complete their road trip with a 1:05 p.m. game at Norfolk. Righty Drew Hutchison (0-1, 3.62) is scheduled to start against lefty T.J. McFarland (0-0, 0.00). The Herd return home for a seven-game homestand opening with a three-game series against the Toledo Mud Hens. Former Buffalo Bison and Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect Daniel Norris is scheduled to start for the Mud Hens on Monday in Coca-Cola Field.
Norris was optioned to Toledo from the Detroit Tigers on Friday. Norris was the centerpiece of the trade the Blue Jays made last year with Detroit for pitcher David Price. Norris posted a 3.75 ERA in 13 starts for the Tigers and was in contention to be in Detroit’s starting rotation this year when a back injured sidelined him. He has made four starts with Toledo (9.90 ERA) and was recalled to the Tigers for a brief bullpen stint.