Domonic Brown, who hit 27 home runs and made the National League All-Star team with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2013, has his long-ball stroke back.
The veteran outfielder homered twice, driving in four runs to lead the Buffalo Bisons over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 8-1, on Wednesday night at PNC Park in Moosic, Pa.
Brown, the Bisons’ home run leader with four, doubled his season total with a three-run shot in the fifth that put Buffalo in front 5-1 and a bases-empty blast in the eighth to make it 8-1.
That man again: Besides his home runs, Brown got the Bisons started with a leadoff double in the fourth inning. He scored on a single by Jesus Montero. Alexi Casilla singled home Montero to make it 2-0. Brown raised his batting average to .250 and increased his RBI total to 10. His four home runs tied Norfolk’s Christian Walker for the International League lead. Since his big 2013 season with the Phillies, Brown has hit only 15 big-league home runs in 662 at-bats. After electing free agency last October, Brown signed a minor-league contract in February with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Blankety LeBlanc: Veteran left-hander Wade LeBlanc (2-1) limited the RailRiders to four hits over seven full innings. He left after throwing 92 pitches, 61 for strikes with eight strikeouts and just one walk. Dustin Antolin and Ben Rowen finished up with scoreless relief.
Judgment day: Aaron Judge, who drove in four of the RailRiders’ runs in Tuesday night’s 7-0 victory over the Herd, went 1 for 4 but struck out twice against LeBlanc.
Montero still hot: The Bisons’ DH raised his averaged to .327 and has reached base in 12 of the Bisons’ 14 games.
Wake-up call: The Bisons began the series with a .205 team batting average, last in the International League. Fifteen hits in Monday’s 9-6 win and 16 more on Wednesday have helped raise the team average to a more respectable .234.
Next: The teams will wrap up their four-game series Thursday night (Radio 1520, 6:35 p.m.) when right-hander Casey Lawrence (0-2, 9.00) starts for the Bisons against righty Luis Cessa (0-0, 5.40). The Herd moves on to Rochester Friday and Saturday.