Lehigh Valley battered Buffalo Bisons pitching for the second straight evening, cruising to an easy 10-0 triumph Friday night in an International League contest played in Allentown, Pa.
One night after collecting 17 hits, the IronPigs finished with 15 with seven of them going for extra bases – including two home runs.
While Lehigh Valley batters remained white hot, the Bisons only mustered three hits –none after the fifth inning – off Jake Thompson and two relievers.
Hits keep on coming: Lehigh Valley’s Taylor Featherston led off with a sharp line-drive double during his team’s three-run first inning off Herd starter Chris Leroux. Five of the first six IronPigs reached base, with four of them producing hits. The only batter not to reach in that sequence, Darin Ruf, drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Lehigh Valley breaks it open: Brock Stassi’s three-run homer highlighted a four-run third by the IronPigs, who strung together four straight hits after J.P. Crawford grounded out to lead off the frame.
Another short outing: For the second night in a row, a Bisons starter failed to pitch into the fifth inning as Leroux’s outing ended after four innings. He yielded seven earned runs on 10 hits. On Thursday, Wilmer Font lasted only 3∏ innings.
How’s rehab Goin: Ryan Goins played in his first big league rehabilitation game with the Bisons, starting as the designated hitter. He went 1 for 4 with a strikeout. He singled in the fourth inning. The parent Blue Jays put him on the disabled list July 2 with a forearm strain. He was assigned to the Bisons on Thursday for a rehab stint but didn’t play in the opener of this four-game set.
Colabello to join Herd: The Jays announced that infielder Chris Colabello will join the Bisons on Monday for the start of a seven-game homestand. Colabello is currently serving an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. He began his minor-league assignment with Class A Dunedin, going 2 for 7 in two games with one RBI.
Attendance: A crowd of 10,100 filled Coca-Cola Park.
Next: The series continues at 6:35 p.m. Saturday with lefty Scott Diamond (6-8, 3.57 ERA) starting for the Herd against Adam Morgan (1-1, 3.57).