Back under dry skies at Coca-Cola Field, the Buffalo Bisons swept a doubleheader against the Pawtucket Red Sox Sunday afternoon.
The Herd's offense broke out in the first of two seven-inning games with a 5-2 win. In the second they held on for a 2-1 win.
The wins even the season series between the Bisons and PawSox with the teams closing out the season in Rhode Island Sept. 4-5.
Leading off: Dalton Pompey drove the second pitch he saw Sunday afternoon over the right field wall for his third home run of the year. It was the second time he has leadoff the game for the Herd with a home run.
Game 1 highlights: The Bisons scored five runs on seven hits to bust out of their offensive slump. Ryan Goins had two hits with a run scored and RBI. Domonic Brown also had two hits and an RBI.
Drama in the seventh: The Herd had a 5-2 lead entering the final inning of the first game. Danny Barnes got a strike out but then it started to unravel. Pompey had a three-base error in center field. Barnes then issued a walk and hit batter Chris Young to load the bases with one out. Barnes then struck out the next two batters to leave the bases loaded and secure the win for the Herd.
Game 2 highlights: The Bisons again took a first-inning lead on an RBI single from Goins, scoring Pompey who led off with a single. A leadoff walk from Scott Copeland came around to score in the fifth, but the Herd got the lead back in the bottom of the inning thanks to a pair of stolen bases by Andy Burns and a sac fly from Jio Mier.
Rehab Report: Ezequiel Carrera (left Achilles strain) looked good in his two games Sunday while on an official MLB rehabilitation assignment from the Toronto Blue Jays. He made several speedy runs playing seven innings in right field in the first game. He went 1 for 3 with impressive speed on a triple in the sixth inning. In the second game, he batted second as the designated hitter and went 0 for 2 with a ground out, foul pop up and a walk.
Counting the house: There were 8,730 at Coca-Cola Field Sunday afternoon.
Up next: The Bisons open up a three-game series with the Rochester Red Wings at 7:05 p.m. Monday with lefty Scott Diamond (8-11, 3.46) scheduled to start for the Herd with Rochester starting lefty Adalberto Mejia (0-2, 4.85). The teams play again Tuesday (7:05 p.m.) and Wednesday (1:05 p.m.) to close out the Bisons' home stand.