A dominant performance with season highs at the plate and another strong outing from the pitching staff paced the Buffalo Bisons to an 11-1 win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa., Thursday night.
It was the third straight win for the Herd and ninth in their last 10. The Bisons remained in first place in the International League North Division.
High points: The Bisons set season highs offensively with 11 runs and 18 hits.
Solid from the mound: Starter Chad Jenkins pitched five scoreless innings, giving up five hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Ryan Tepera followed with two more scoreless innings. Gregory Infante lost the Herd’s shutout bid in the eighth as he gave up a run on two hits. Colt Hynes pitched the ninth.
Colabello continues hot streak: Chris Colabello went deep in the second inning to give the Herd a 1-0 lead. The infielder is 6 for 10 in his last two games and drove in two runs on Thursday. Colabello leads the team with four home runs and 11 RBIs.
Finally! An RBI for Diaz: Jonathan Diaz has dazzled with defense, but his performance at the plate has been a struggle. He entered Thursday’s game hitting just .133 in 11 games but broke out for his first RBI of the season when his two-out double in the sixth scored Munenori Kawasaki.
Speaking of Kawasaki: The shortstop went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored.
What a difference a game makes: Ezequiel Carrera went 4 for 5, driving in two runs. With that one performance he raised his batting average 60 points to .298.
On-base percentage: Matt Hague stepped into the batters’ box six times Thursday. And six times he reached base. Hague went 3 for 3 with three walks. He drove in two runs and scored two runs.
And the hits keep on coming: In the eighth inning the Bisons had five hits and scored four runs to open up a 10-run lead.
Roster moves: It’s musical chairs for catchers in the Toronto organization. The Blue Jays recalled Josh Thole from the Bisons. To take his spot, A.J. Jimenez was promoted from Double-A New Hampshire. The Blue Jays also announced Andy Dirks was activated off the Bisons’ DL and granted his release.
Pitchers of record: Chad Jenkins (1-1) picked up the win while Paul Clemens (0-1) took the loss.
Time of game: 3:04.
Paid attendance: 6,812
Records: Bisons 10-4, Lehigh Valley 4-11.
Next up: The series continues Friday at 7:05 p.m. in Allentown. Austin Bibens-Dirkx (0-0, 1.80) is scheduled to start for the Herd.