The Buffalo Bisons ended their 20-inning scoreless streak with a bang Saturday, as Dalton Pompey and Matt Dominguez hit a pair of wall-grazing solo shots in the fourth inning. It wasn’t enough to propel the Herd to victory. The Bisons fell to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 4-3, in Allentown, Pa., extending Buffalo’s losing streak to three games.
Cam Perkins scored the winning run for the IronPigs, hitting a solo shot of his own to left field in the bottom of the fourth. Lehigh Valley opened the scoring with a three-run third inning and never trailed in the game.
Despite going hitless in the first three innings, the Bisons outhit the IronPigs, 8-6, in the game. The Herd left two runners stranded and went 1 for 5 with runners in scoring position.
Buffalo has lost six of its last eight outings and has fallen to fourth place in the International League North.
Slight progress: Scott Diamond improved from his last outing, when he gave up five runs in a 9-1 loss to Lehigh Valley. Saturday he gave up three earned runs on six hits in six innings of work. He only got into serious trouble in the third inning, when Lehigh Valley scored three runs, two earned, on a walk, two singles and a throwing error from shortstop Alexi Casilla.
Goins somewhere new: Ryan Goins played out of position for the second game of his rehab stint. The second baseman started at first for the first time in his professional career, but the move wasn’t a complete surprise. He’s been doing some work at first in practice for the past month, and it showed on a diving play to double off the IronPigs in the fourth inning.
He went 0 for 4 with one strikeout at the plate. He’s eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Blue Jays Sunday. He’ll either be joined or replaced by Chris Colabello, who is scheduled to join the Bisons on Monday. Colabello is currently serving an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
Attendance: 10,100 came out for the contest at Coca-Cola Park.
Next: The series concludes at 1:35 Sunday (Radio 1520 AM) with righty Casey Lawrence (1-2, 6.46 ERA) starting for the Herd against righty Ben Lively (4-2, 3.45 ERA).