Matt Boyd was supposed to be preparing for his start against the Syracuse Chiefs at NBT Bank Stadium Thursday afternoon.
Instead he was getting ready to head back to Buffalo, pack up his stuff, and head to his new organization.
The Buffalo Bisons lost two of their starting pitchers as Boyd and Daniel Norris were key elements of a blockbuster trade sending them along with Jairo Labourt, who was pitching in Single-A Dunedin, to the Detroit Tigers while the Toronto Blue Jays acquired starter David Price.
“I’m just grateful for the opportunity the Blue Jays gave me, letting me chase my dream,” Boyd said on Radio 1520 AM. “Now I’m just excited to be part of the Tigers organization. ... I’m just grateful I still get to wear a uniform.”
Boyd made six starts with the Bisons in his Triple-A debut this year. The lefty was 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA, having thrown seven or more innings in four of his six appearances with the Herd. Boyd struck out 37 and allowed just 32 hits in 39.0 innings with Buffalo.
Norris made 16 starts for the Bisons this season, going 3-10 with a 4.27 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 90∏ innings of work. He ranked second on the Herd in starts, innings and strikeouts. Norris made six quality starts for Buffalo this season but the Herd failed to give him much offensive support, getting an average of 3.3 runs per game during his 16 outings.
Meanwhile: The Bisons blew a four-run lead in the ninth inning and dropped a 5-4 decision in 10 innings to Syracuse. Steven Lerud had the game-winning hit with two runners on base and one out in the 10th.
Building a lead: The Bisons broke a scoreless game in the seventh when Melky Mesa went first to home on a double from Sean Ochinko to score the game’s first run. A single from Jonathan Diaz scored Ochinko. A two-out, two-run double by Matt Hague gave the Bisons a 4-0 lead in the ninth.
Then came the ninth: The Chiefs rallied to tie the game. It started when Trea Turner had a one-out two-run single off Joba Chamberlain. An RBI single from Tony Gwynn Jr. off Bobby Korecky made it 4-3. Matt Skole’s double scored the tying run and Gwynn Jr. tried to win the game, but was thrown out at the plate, sending the game to extra innings.
Spot start: With Boyd gone, Todd Redmond made his third start for the Herd. He pitched four scoreless innings, giving up three hits and three walks while striking out four. The Bisons used seven pitchers – Redmond, Chad Jenkins, Steve Delabar, Gregory Infante, Rob Rasmussen, Chamberlain and Bobby Korecky, who was activated off the disabled list.
Records: The Bisons are 55-51. Syracuse is 42-65.
Up next: The Bisons start a three-game homestand at 7:05 p.m. Friday against Pawtucket. Lefty Randy Wolf (7-1, 2.57 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Herd against righty Jess Todd (3-5, 5.47). Saturday’s starter for the Herd is TBA. That was Norris’ next scheduled start.