Finally, the Buffalo Bisons picked up a win in Georgia.
Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia has not been a kind place for the Herd nor have they had much success against the Gwinnett Braves the last four seasons.
Thursday afternoon, the Bisons broke through with a 4-1 win. It was the first win against the Braves in Georgia since Aug. 9, 2015 and just the third win in the last four years. The Braves have won 20 of the past 23 meetings.
Four runs, one hit: The Bisons scored all four of their runs in the third inning with only one hit. Jake Elmore, Dwight Smith Jr. and Mike Ohlman drew three straight walks. Elmore scored on a sacrifice fly to right field from Rowdy Tellez. Then Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his first home run with the Herd, a three-run shot to right center field, to put the Bisons up, 4-1.
Gwinnett’s early lead: Former Bisons’ infielder Matt Tuiasosopo hit a solo homer to right-center field in the second inning to put the Braves up, 1-0.
Latos with the win: Mat Latos gave up the home run to Tuiasosopo but allowed just two hits after that to pick up his first win with the Herd (1-1). He gave up five hits while striking out seven. Leonel Campos picked up his third save by pitching a perfect ninth inning.
Smith Jr. returns: Dwight Smith Jr. went 2 for 4 with a run scored in his return to the Herd. The outfielder was optioned back to the Bisons after getting his first Major League hit, a double, with the Toronto Blue Jays in Milwaukee on Wednesday afternoon.
Roster moves: Along with Smith Jr. returning, Ohlman was activated by the Bisons after he was designated for assignment on May 20.
Up next: The Bisons continue their road trip with a four-game series at the Charlotte Knights. Friday’s game (7:05 p.m.) will feature Bisons starter Brett Oberholtzer (0-2, 2.35) while Charlotte expects to start Chris Volstad (1-2, 6.55).