It was an unlucky start for the Buffalo Bisons Wednesday against the Louisville Bats. Catcher Tony Sanchez slipped trying to reach a bunted ball. Alexi Casilla had a ball eat him up at second and David Adams had a ball take a horrible bounce away from him at third. Louisville got a base hit to score a run off a one-handed check-swing bloop. Through five innings Bisons starter Chris Leroux hit two batters, while the Bisons had just one hit.
In the sixth inning, the script flipped.
The Bisons scored seven runs on four hits in the sixth as the Herd won their second in a row, 8-1.
Bats starter Amir Garrett (0-1) walked the bases loaded to start the sixth for the Bisons' leader in batting average, Jesus Montero. He ripped a two-run single into center field. Andy Burns, Melky Mesa and Tony Sanchez piled on with RBI hits, chasing Garrett and reliever Chad Rogers, who gave up four runs without getting an out.
"Helped me relax a little bit for sure," Bisons manager Gary Allenson said. "We made the most of our opportunities, because we didn't do much until that time."
WP: Leroux (5-4) did well to get out of tough situations despite the poor luck early on. In the third he escaped a bases-loaded situation, striking out two batters in a row to end the inning. The next inning he forced Scott Schebler into a grounder to first with the bases loaded.
"He was nibbling a little too much early," Allenson said. "It was one of those bend but don't break."
Leroux had zero earned runs, struck out six and walked two in six innings of work.
Roster Moves: The Toronto Blue Jays traded the Bisons' top pitcher, left-handed starter Wade LeBlanc, to the Seattle Mariners for cash or a player to be named later Wednesday. LeBlanc will likely make his first MLB appearance since 2014 when he starts against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.
Records: The Bisons move to 39-34 and inch a game closer to division-leading Rochester. Buffalo is five games out. The Bats fall to 36-36.
Counting the House: Attendance was 5,829 at Coca-Cola Field.
Up Next: The Bisons finish off the four-game series with the Bats Thursday. Drew Hutchinson (4-3) looks to continue his strong year with the Bisons when he faces Lousville's Dan Wright (1-1), who has spent time with the Reds this season. Buffalo will then head to the road for a six-game trip.