The offense came early for the Buffalo Bisons thanks to Brad Glenn. The right fielder drove in five runs on three hits as the Herd closed out its three-game series against Lehigh Valley with a 7-2 win at Coca-Cola Field.
Early lead: The Bisons jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a two-run single from Brad Glenn and an RBI single from Melky Mesa. The Bisons are now 25-4 when they score first.
Adding runs: Another two-run single from Glenn in the fourth gave the Herd a 5-0 lead. The Bisons are now 26-9 when scoring four or more runs.
Against Lehigh Valley: The Bisons are now 9-6 against the IronPigs this season. The Herd started the year 7-1 against Lehigh Valley. The teams meet three more times in Allentown, Pa., Aug. 24-26.
Starter changeup: Matt Boyd was the scheduled starter for the Bisons Thursday, but manager Gary Allenson was told to back up Boyd’s next start two days. While no official word has come from Toronto, there is a possibility Boyd will be recalled by Toronto to start for the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Spot start: Chad Jenkins took the start for the Herd after the right hander has made 14 of his last 15 appearances out of the bullpen. He was 4-1 in that span. The last time Jenkins started a game was the first game of a doubleheader on June 9 against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He gave up one run on six hits in four innings and took the no-decision.
Roster moves: Right handed pitcher Greg Burke was promoted to the Bisons from Double-A New Hampshire while infielder Ryan Schimpf was transferred to the Fisher Cats.
Speaking of Burke: He made his Bisons debut Thursday in relief of Jenkins pitching two hitless innings. He struck out two and hit a batter.
Breaking up the shutout: Blake Forsythe’s one-out double in the seventh gave Lehigh Valley its first run.
MLB Rehab: Devon Travis was spot-on as the designated hitter and made the case to be activated off the Blue Jays disabled list. he went 3 for 4, drew a walk and aggressively tagged up on a hit to center field to take second base in the sixth. He stole second in the eighth and advanced to third on an error on the throw.
Pitchers of record: Burke (1-0) picked up the win while Anthony Vasquez (3-3) took the loss.
Team records: The Bisons are 35-39. Lehigh Valley is 29-46.
Time of game: 2:54
Paid attendance: 7,117
Up next: The Bisons travel to Moosic, Pa., for a three-game series with the Scranton/Willkes-Barre Rail Riders. Friday’s game (7:05 p.m.) is scheduled to feature lefty Felix Doubront (0-3, 2.85) with Jeff Francis and Randy Wolf rounding out the announced series rotation.