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Lehigh Valley’s first-inning barrage buries Herd

Lehigh Valley hit early and hit often in a 12-2 win over the Buffalo Bisons on Saturday night at Coca-Cola Field. The IronPigs scored seven runs in the first inning and finished with 16 hits.

It’s the second time the Herd has lost by 10 runs to Lehigh Valley this year, dropping a 10-0 decision in Allentown, Pa., on July 15.

Inauspicious start: Lehigh Valley sent 10 players to the plate and scored seven runs in the first inning. With two outs, starter Chris Leroux hit a batter, then gave up an RBI double. A walk was followed by a two-run double by Andrew Knapp. Two more hits set up Jesmuel Valentin for a three-run home run. In that first inning, Leroux gave up seven runs on five hits and threw 37 pitches.

Final line for Leroux: The starter lasted just 1 2/3 innings, giving up 10 runs on eight hits with two walks, no strike outs and one hit batter.

Allenson on the first: “Game was over pretty quick,” manager Gary Allenson said. “And that’s a good club. We’ve had trouble against them. They swung the bats very well tonight. Hit some balls hard. A few soft ones. That’s part of the game. Leroux just never had it.”

Breaking up the no-hitter: Lehigh Valley starter Anthony Vasquez pitched a beautiful game, retiring the first 13 batters, with the assist of a double play after issuing a lead-off walk in the second. The no-hitter ended in the fifth when Chris Colabello got the Herd in both the hit and run column with his fifth home run of the season.

Allenson on Vasquez: “He changes speeds. He throws strikes. Anybody can stay in a rhythm with all their pitches, as a hitter you find out a little bit later what the pitch actually is. And he mixes them up – he spots his fastball, has a nice changeup and gets you thinking about it. The curve ball he threw for strikes. Doesn’t matter how you throw, that’s pitching right there.”

Hitting streak: Darrell Ceciliani extended his hitting streak to nine games with an RBI single in the sixth. Since Aug. 7, Ceciliani has hit .333 (12 for 36) with eight RBIs.

Welcome home: Zachary Krieger, a Machinist’s Mate Fireman at Navy Station Everett, wanted to do something special to surprise his younger sister, Taylor Zoe. The 23-year-old Krieger, a graduate of Frontier Central, contacted the Buffalo Bisons to put together a special event. In the third inning he surprised his 13-year-old sister in the stands, the first time she has seen him in over a year as Kreiger has been stationed overseas. “We text and talk but it’s difficult when things are underway,” Kreiger said. “I’m a sucker for those coming home videos so I wanted to try and do something like that. I contacted the Bisons and they gave me the thumbs up and came up with this cool idea for Superhero Day.”

Counting the house: There were 15,156 at Coca-Cola Field on Saturday.

Up next: The series continues at 1:05 p.m. Sunday with righty Mike Bolsinger (1-3, 8.22) facing righty Ben Lively (9-5, 3.29). The series concludes on Monday (7:05 p.m.)


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