The Buffalo Bisons fell out of first place in the International League North Division Thursday night with a 10-7 loss to Lehigh Valley at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa. The Herd and IronPigs were tied for the division lead heading into the game, which kicked off a four-game series between the teams.
Early response: The Bisons were able to answer the early offense from the IronPigs thanks to a leadoff triple from Jason Leblebijian with an RBI double from Raffy Lopez and an RBI single from Roemon Fields. Shane Opitz drove in a run in the fourth as the Herd trailed Lehigh Valley, 4-3, in the middle of the fourth.
The big inning: Lehigh Valley scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth to open up an 8-3 lead. Hector Gomez had a solo home run then Rhys Hoskins had a bases-loaded triple.
Inching back: The Bisons slowly worked themselves back in the game. Rowdy Tellez had an RBI double in the fifth to cut it to 8-4. Christian Lopes and Tellez had RBI doubles in the sixth to make it 8-6 and a ground out from Fields in the seventh got the Herd within one.
Insurance: The IronPigs tacked on two runs in the eighth for a 10-7 lead.
Big impact: Lopez has made an impact in all four games he’s been in the lineup. Thursday he went 3 for 4 with an RBI. He has driven in seven runs over his first four games with the Herd. He had two home runs for the Bisons in his second game with the team, a 9-3 win in Syracuse on May 8. He had just three home runs in his first 176 career Triple-A games coming into the game.
Roster moves: Infielder Deiferson Barreto joined the Bisons from Single-A Dunedin. He played 10 games, going 8-for-32 (.250), collecting three multi-hit games. Barreto is in his sixth year with the organization. Meanwhile relief pitcher Leonel Campos was recalled by the Blue Jays while Toronto announced that Bisons starter Casey Lawrence was claimed by Seattle. Lawrence had been designated for assignment by the Blue Jays to clear room on the 40-man roster.
Up next: The series in Allentown, Pa., continues at 7:05 p.m. (1520 AM) Friday with the Bisons scheduled to start lefty Brett Oberholtzer (0-2, 2.36) against Lehigh Valley righty Mark Appel (1-2, 7.48). The series continues Saturday and Sunday with the Herd returning to Buffalo on Monday to open a seven-game homestand.