The Buffalo Bisons rediscovered their hitting talents on Sunday afternoon. As a result, they headed home with a short winning streak instead of a good-sized skid.
Buffalo pounded out 20 hits in a 10-1 win over Lehigh Valley at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa. The Herd avoided a four-game sweep at the hands of the IronPigs because of the win. Lehigh Valley was trying to sweep Buffalo for the first time since entering the International League in 2008.
The 20 hits was a season-high for the Bisons, as there were many contributors. Seven Buffalo batters had more than one hit. Dalton Pompey and Wilkin Castillo led the way by going 4 for 5. Jesus Montero had three hits to up his batting average to .315.
The middle of things: Buffalo led all the way, starting with a run in the first inning that was driven home by Darrell Ceciliani. But the Bisons pounded out eight runs in the middle innings to break it open.
In the fourth, Shane Opitz – who had his first Triple-A hit in the second inning – singled home Casey Kotchman. Then Pompey singled to drive home two more runs.
The Bisons added two more runs in the fifth, as Kotchman and Castillo drove in runs. Then in the sixth inning, Domonic Brown drove home a run on a single, and Ceciliani and Kotchman also plated runs to make it a 9-0 game.
Buffalo completed its scoring in the ninth inning. Pompey picked up the last of his three RBIs for the day.
Mound report: The news for the Buffalo pitching staff was also good. Casey Lawrence (2-2) was sharp in 6∏ innings, allowing one run on three hits. Three Bisons relievers combined to blank the IronPigs without a hit the rest of the way. One of them was Franklin Morales, who has tossed nine shutout outings out of 10 games with the team.
Ben Lively (4-3) took the loss for Lehigh Valley. He allowed six runs (three of them earned) on 11 hits in 4∏ innings.
Resting up: Ryan Goins (forearm strain) sat out the game as he continues his rehab assignment from the Toronto Blue Jays.
Coming up: The Bisons go from Coca-Cola Park in Allentown to Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, as they start a homestand Monday night. Norfolk starts the week’s scheduele, followed by Gwinnett’s visit to play four games Thursday through Sunday.
Drew Hutchison draws the pitching assignment for the Bisons in Monday’s game (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). He has a 6-3 reord with a 2.78 ERA. Left-hander Ariel Miranda (3-7, 3.95) will throw for the Tides, an affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.