The Buffalo Bisons dropped their fifth straight home game Friday night, losing to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 3-1, at Coca-Cola Field.
The IronPigs got on the scoreboard in the fourth thanks to a two-out RBI single by Brock Stassi. The lead went to 2-0 in the sixth on a single from Andrew Knapp - the third hit Bisons starter Wilmer Font gave up in the inning. A solo homer from Darnell Sweeney in the seventh off reliever Franklin Morales (in Buffalo on Major League rehab) gave Lehigh Valley a comfortable 3-0 lead.
Matt Dominguez hit his ninth home run of the year, blasting it to center field, with one out in the ninth. Jesus Montero grounded out to second for the second out. Darrell Ceciliani was patient at the plate, fouling off pitches before drawing a full-count walk to bring up David Adams. But he flew out to right as Cameron Perkins dove to make the game-ending catch.
Organizational debut: Font walked into Coca-Cola Field and got his first start with the Bisons. Font gave up two runs on five hits in six innings. He played last season and started this year with the Ottawa Champions of the Independent Can-Am League. Font, signed to give the Blue Jays minor league pitching depth, played seven minor league seasons in the Texas Rangers organization and made five MLB appearances in the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Trotting the bases: The Bisons had a leadoff baserunner in the fourth with Matt Dominguez drawing a walk. Jesus Montero then mishit the ball up to the first baseman, but neither Dominguez nor Montero aggressively ran the base paths. It was an easy 3-6-3 double play that drew a few boos from the home faithful.
Out at the plate: In the sixth, the Bisons had Domonic Brown on second base and with two outs Montero singled to left. Manager Gary Allenson sent Brown home and he was easily out.
Off the DL: Dalton Pompey returned after nearly three weeks on the disabled list with a concussion. He made one outstanding play in center field and went 1 for 4 at the plate with a single and a strikeout.
Roster moves: Infielder Andy Burns was recalled by the Blue Jays who then optioned pitcher Drew Hutchison back to Buffalo. Shane Optiz was promoted from Double-A New Hampshire where he hit .223 in 65 games. Pompey was activated off the disabled list, where he was placed on June 19.
Counting the house: There were 9,204 at Coca-Cola Field for the fridaynightbash!
Up next: The Herd continues the homestand at 7:05 p.m. Saturday (Radio 1520 AM) with lefty Scott Diamond (6-7, 3.33) scheduled to start for the Bisons against Lehigh Valley’s James Russell (2-4, 4.55).