The Buffalo Bisons picked up their first win at Coca-Cola Field this season, busting out for an 11-1 win over the Indianapolis Indians Friday night.
The Bisons were aggressive on the base paths early, but it didn't pan out. In the first, Dwight Smith Jr. had a one-out bunt single, but was caught stealing second. In the third, Ian Parmley tried to turn a single down the left field line into a double, but he was thrown out by Indianapolis outfielder Jordan Luplow.
The base running paid off later in the third when Jon Berti's bloop single got him to first. He then scored on a double to right field from Smith Jr.
Jason Leblebijian extended the lead to 3-0 when his shot to right center field kept carrying, all the way over the fence, to score two runs. Roemon Fields added his own two-run home run, a shot to right field, as the Herd opened up a 5-0 lead.
Starter Chris Rowley pitched five scoreless innings to pick up his first win of the season, but it was anything but clean. He gave up four hits and walked five, including one to load the bases in the fifth.
Indianapolis got on the board when reliever Al Albuquerque entered the game in the sixth, giving up back to back hits with Todd Cunningham's sacrifice to center making it a 5-1 game.
The Bisons answered with three runs to open up an 8-1 lead. After a two-out RBI double from Parmley, Roemon Fields ran out a bobbled ball by the second baseman. Fields then broke for second and was safe, allowing Parmley to steal home. Berti added an RBI single.
Noteworthy: After having the fewest home runs in the International League last year, the Bisons already have nine homers in five games. ... Fields hit his first Triple-A home run in 113 career games at the level. ... Parmley is the first Bisons player to steal home as part of a double steal since current Padres manager Andy Green did it on June 30, 2010 against Syracuse. ... Danny Jansen scored on a wild pitch in the seventh. ... Outfielder Teoscar Hernandez was recalled by the Toronto Blue Jays as Josh Donaldson went on the 10-day disabled list. Hernandez has two home runs for the Herd in his first four games, hitting .278. ... Outfielder Dalton Pompey (wrist) began his rehab assignment in Class-A Dunedin Friday. He led off as the designated hitter.
Up next: The series continues at 1:05 p.m. Saturday with righty Joe Bigaini (0-0, 0.00) getting his second start of the season for the Herd facing Indianapolis righty Austin Coley (0-1, 81.00). The series is scheduled to conclude at 1:05 p.m. Sunday with Bisons lefty Ryan Borucki (0-1, 3.60) scheduled to start against Indy righty Casey Sadler (0-1, 10.38).