Chris Leroux pitched shutout ball for seven innings, and Matt Dominquez and Junior Lake each drove in a run in the Buffalo Bisons’ 2-0 victory over the Columbus Clippers on Wednesday night at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio.
Leroux (3-3) limited the Clippers to five hits in the longest of his seven starts for the Bisons this season. Ryan Tepera retired all six batters in the eighth and ninth innings for his fourth save.
Darrell Ceciliani walked and eventually scored on Dominguez’s single in the fourth. Lake led off the fifth with his fourth homer of the season, off losing pitcher Will Roberts (4-2).
Tough climb: It’s not easy to gain ground in the North Division of the International League. The Bisons were in sixth place in the division on May 6. They’ve played .722 ball (13-5) since then and have moved all the way – to fifth place. However, instead of being 6 1/2 games out they are only 2 1/2 behind first-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (27-20). All six IL North teams have winning records now.
Perfect pitching: After Yandy Diaz’s two-out triple in the fourth, the next 16 Columbus batters were retired in order by Leroux and Tepera. The other four hits against Leroux were singles.
Herd handcuffed, too: The Bisons had only one hit, a two-out double by Dalton Pompey in the fifth after Lake’s homer.
Morning wrapup: The teams will complete their three-game series with an 11:05 a.m. game Thursday. Drew Hutchison (0-2, 2.78) is scheduled to start for the Herd against right-hander Jarrett Grube (0-1, 2.83). Then the Bisons head for a three-game series against the Mud Hens in Toledo.