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Bisons’ offense heats up at last

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – After struggling for most of the month of July, the Buffalo Bisons are coming home on a bit of a roll.

Ryan Schimpf hit a two-run homer and Brad Glenn had three hits, scored a run and drove in another as the Herd pounded out 10 hits and won the series finale over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 7-6, Tuesday night at Coca-Cola Park.

The outburst followed the Bisons’ seven-run explosion in the 10th inning for a 11-4 victory over the IronPigs on Monday night, ending Buffalo’s season-long losing streak at seven games. Buffalo has scored 14 runs in winning its last two games after scoring only 14 total during the losing streak.

The Bisons are 8-12 for the month of July but only two games under .500 (50-52) despite the string of four losses to the Durham Bulls and three to the Pawtucket Red Sox before Monday night’s win.

The Bisons will open a 10-game homestand tonight at Coca-Cola Field against the International League North Division leader Syracuse (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). The Bisons and Chiefs will play a 1:05 game on Thursday, and then Lehigh Valley comes to town to begin a four-game series on Friday night.

Buffalo built a 7-1 lead over the IronPigs on Tuesday then had to hold on after the IronPigs rallied for five runs in the sixth inning. That was all the Lehigh Valley would get. The Bisons bullpen (Ryan Tepera, Chad Jenkins and Bobby Korecky) retired the last 12 IronPigs batters.

In that Buffalo fifth, Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage was ejected by home plate umpire Jon Saphire.

The Buffalo roster was reshaped again on Tuesday with more player moves by the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays selected the contracts of right-hand pitchers Aaron Sanchez and Esmil Rogers from the Herd and recalled infielder Ryan Goins.

To make roster room, the Blue Jays optioned catcher Erik Kratz and outfielder Darin Mastroianni to the Bisons.

Sanchez (0-3, 4.19 ERA) made six starts and two relief appearances with the Bisons after joining the club on June 12.

Goins was batting .285 with 14 doubles and 27 RBIs in 79 games with Buffalo and made just four errors in 79 games, none in the last 50.

Rogers (2-2, 3.14) was moved into the Bisons’ starting rotation full time on June 18 and had not allowed more than three runs in any of his last six starts. He was scheduled to be the Herd’s starter tonight, leaving that up in the air for now.

Kratz batted .316 for the Herd, including a 4-for-5 night with six RBIs against Syracuse in a 7-6 Buffalo victory on June 28.

Mastroianni averaged .279 in 56 games with the Bisons and is tied for the team lead with 15 stolen bases in 17 attempts.

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