The Buffalo Bisons got solid pitching and defense and just enough offense for a 3-2 win over the Norfolk Tides Tuesday night at Coca-Cola Field.
It was a solid start for Wilmer Font. Three of the four hits Font allowed came in the first inning, when he also surrendered his only run. He struck out five and walked one over 5 2/3 innings.
It was the third start with the Herd for Font and his first win (1-2). He started the season pitching for Ottawa of the Independent Can-Am League.
Allenson on Font: “He had a better slider tonight,” Bisons’ manager Gary Allenson said. “I think that helped him out. I think every time out he’s done a good job with his fastball. He does a pretty good job with holding runners and being quicker to the plate. He pretty much pounds the strike zone with his fastball. His secondary stuff has to get better but his slider was better than it has been since he’s gotten here.”
Font on the slider: Font said the reason his slider was more effective today was his grip to make it look like a fastball to hitters. “I try to throw like a fastball. That was the key. Try to look like a fastball,” he said. Font also said he was able to work down in the zone.
Cashing in on early work: Before batting practice Tuesday afternoon, the Bisons went through some bunting drills. Ryan Goins promptly put that to use in the game, laying down a perfect bunt in the first inning helping to set up the Herd’s first run. The bunt moved Dalton Pompey to second. The speedy Pompey stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Chris Colabello.
The bunt part II: After opening the second by drawing back-to-back walks, Wilkin Castillo put down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners into scoring position. A single by David Adams scored a run and gave the Herd a 2-1 lead.
Rehab stints: Franklin Morales made his ninth appearance out of the bullpen on his MLB rehab for shoulder fatigue. He gave up two hits, including an RBI triple, while working the seventh inning. He had one strikeout, throwing 20 pitches, 13 for strikes. Goins went 1 for 4 with a single, two fly outs to left and a strikeout. Chris Colabello, who started in left, went 0 for 2 with a sacrifice fly to right in the first and a walk in the eighth.
Roster move: Shane Optiz was sent back to Double-A New Hampshire. He has played in three games for the Herd batting .200 (2 for 10) with one RBI.
Counting the house: There were 6,758 at Coca-Cola Field on Tuesday night.
Up next: The Bisons close out the series with Norfolk at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday. Buffalo will start righty Chris Leroux (7-6, 3.96) and Norfolk will counter with righty Tyler Wilson (0-0, 21.60). The Herd then welcome Gwinnett for a four-game series starting Thursday.