The Buffalo Bisons had as many players reach base in the second inning before recording an out as the Pawtucket Red Sox had on base through 5∑ innings.
A four-run second inning was all the Bisons needed on Saturday evening to defeat the Red Sox, 6-0, at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I.
Andy Burns started the second inning with a double, followed by singles by Ty Kelly and Josh Thole. After a Munenori Kawasaki walk, Dalton Pompey’s two-run double gave the Bisons a 3-0 lead. Kawasaki scored when Matt Hague reached on an error.
The Herd out-hit the PawSox, 15-6.
Pompey’s streak: Pompey went 4 for 5 with two RBIs and expanded his hitting streak to 10 games. He finished just a home run shy of the cycle. Pompey is hitting .436 (17 for 39) over the streak and has scored nine runs in his last eight games.
Pitchers of record: Randy Wolf improved to 7-1 after tossing six shutout innings. Wolf has won his last four decisions and his lone loss came May 25. Jess Todd dropped to 3-5 after allowing four runs on eight hits in five innings.
Escaping trouble: The Red Sox had runners on first and second with one out in the fifth and sixth innings. Wolf retired the final two batters in order in each inning as Pawtucket went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position.
Going for the sweep: If Buffalo wins the final game of the series Sunday, it will be the team’s first sweep of at least three games since April 19. The Herd have won four straight and seven of their last eight.
MattVP: Hague continued his dominant season at the plate, logging his 42nd multi-hit game.
Roster moves: The Blue Jays have assigned Joba Chamberlain to the Bisons after signing him to a minor league contract on July 21. The Detroit Tigers released Chamberlain July 10 after the nine-year veteran went 0-2 with a 4.09 ERA in 22 innings this season. Chamberlain is arguably best known for the “Joba Rules” innings restrictions the Yankees placed on him when he was one of their top prospects. Blake McFarland has been transferred to Double-A New Hampshire.
Records: Buffalo (52-49), Pawtucket (41-60).
Paid attendance: 8,411.
Time of game: 2:59.
What’s next: The Herd play for the sweep Sunday at McCoy Stadium at 1:05 p.m. Jeff Francis (4-0, 1.80) will be making his first start for the Bisons since helping Canada win the gold medal in the Pan American Games. Francis last appeared for the Bisons July 7 and his last start was July 2. The Red Sox send Keith Couch (4-9, 6.18) to the mound. Francis and Couch faced each other April 15 and the Bisons won, 2-0.