Ryan Goins hit his second home run of the season in the first inning to lead the Buffalo Bisons to a 1-0 victory against the Indianapolis Indians.
Backstopping the Bisons was starting pitcher Scott Diamond, who had one of the more efficient pitching performances the team has seen from its rotation this season. Diamond went eight innings, the second time he's lasted that long in 2016. That feat has only been accomplished by another Bisons pitcher once this season.
"It’s the best he’s pitched all season," Bisons manager Gary Allenson said.
The key to his success? He didn't walk a single batter, hitting the strike zone 72 percent of the time. He left the game before the ninth having given up just four hits.
"I've got to give a major shout out to (Erik) Kratz behind the plate," Diamond said. "He stole so many strikes for me tonight. He just made it so much easier, giving me a bit target.
"We're trying to attack. It's the Blue Jays mentality to try and throw as many strikes as possible and have your fastball command."
Ownage: Diamond stuck out Indians lead-off hitter Pedro Florimon looking three times.
Staying hot: Jesus Montero came into the game with hits in seven of his last 12 at bats. He got on the scorecard right away in the first, lining a single past the shortstop.
Getting messy: The Indians had four errors in the game and two in the third inning alone. Jio Mier was able to get to second base after Max Moroff threw way over first baseman Josh Bell's head on an easy 6-3 putout. Dalton Pompey got on base due to catcher interference later in the inning and two innings later was able to advance from first to second after a ball got past Bell. The first baseman would be failed by his teammates again in the seventh, as Casey Kotchman was able to get to advance to second on a single after catcher Elias Diaz had a poor throw to Bell.
Roster moves: Jose Bautista was placed on the DL by the Blue Jays due to a knee sprain, causing Toronto to select the contract of outfielder Junior Lake. The Blue Jays also recalled RHP Ryan Tepera from the Bisons. Tepera, Buffalo's closer, has earned the save in his last 17 close-out opportunities.
Buffalo will be getting Melky Mesa from New Hampshire according to Allenson.
Short outing: At two hours and one minute tonight's game was the shortest Bisons game of the season by four minutes.
Attendance: 7,743 people watched the game at Coca-Cola Field.
Up Next: The Bisons conclude their three-game series with the Indians Thursday at 1:05 p.m. Righty Chris Leroux (7-8, 4.53 ERA) goes for the Herd against lefty Kelvin Marte (2-2, 4.21 ERA).