LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Buffalo Bisons, a team that needed something good to happen, finally got it. The Herd completed their most --and only -- successful road trip of the season Sunday night with a 5-2 victory over the Louisville Bats before 7,108 at Louisville Slugger Field.
When they Bisons come home today to open a four-game series against Durham they will find a new teammate waiting. Sunday, the Toronto Blue Jays acquired infielder Rob Refsnyder from the New York Yankees in exchange for minor league first baseman Ryan McBroom, Refsnyder was scheduled to report to the Bisons.
Refsnyder, 26, has split this season between the Yankees and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. With the RailRiders, the utility infielder has averaged .312 (43-138) with 11 doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs in 38 games. He has also played 20 games with New York this year, batting .135 (5-37). He is a career .292 hitter in 286 games at the Triple-A level with 68 doubles, 21 home runs, 121 RBIs, 24 stolen bases and a .372 on-base pct. He has primarily played second base, third base and right field.
Sunday's victory completed a 5-2 road trip for the Herd to Columbus and Louisville. It's the only winning record Buffalo has posted this season on an extended road trip (six games or more).
T.J. House and three Bisons relievers -- John Stilson, J.P. Howell and Matt Dermody -- combined to stop the Bats. Both Louisville runs were charged to House, who left with one out in the fifth inning. The three relievers allowed the Bats only two hits and one walk the rest of the way.
Buffalo scored single runs in each of the first four innings and added an insurance run in the nionth when Jake Elmore came across on a wild pitch.
Michael Saunders, who is batting only .211 but has been on a tear lately, started it with a leadoff double in the first inning. A walk and two hit-batters filled the bases, and Saunders scored when Jason Leblebijian also was hit with a pitch by Bats lefty Cody Reed.
Buffalo went ahead for good, 2-1, in the second when Elmore singled to drive home Jon Berti who had walked to lead off the inning.
Homer happy: Dwight Smith Jr. hit one with the bases empty to lead off the third and give Buffalo a 3-1 lead. It was the 10th home run on the seven-game road trip by the Bisons and 11th of the month. They hit only 13 in all of June, 31 games.
Petit theft: Stole bases by Jon Berti, Michael Saunders and Gregorio Petit increased the Bisons' total to 98 for the season. The total is the most for a Buffalo team since they swiped 111 in 2014. Buffalo is on pace for 139. The Herd had 143 in 199 with present Dodgers manager Dave Roberts leading the way with 39. Also, Herd lost a baserunner when Fields was caught in in the sixth after he reached on a HBP. The Bisons lead the I.L. in stolen bases.
Shooting gallery: Louisville starter Cody Reed hit three Bisons with pitchers. Dwight Smith, Jr., Jason Leblebijian and Roemon Fields all were dinged by the Bats lefty.
Old Kentucky Home: The Bisons must like it in Louisville. They are 38-33 at Louisville Sluger Field since 2000. Buffalo is 9-2 against the Bats the last two seasons. Louisville comes to Coca-Cola Field.
Too hard: The Bisons twice lined into double plays. The twin killings ended Buffalo rallies in the first and ninth innings.
Coming home: Unless there is a surprise, it looks as if Manager Bobby Meacham will have to call on somebody from his bullpen for a spot start in tonight's series opener at Coca-Cola Field against the Bulls. It looks as if it could be Murphy Smith, who made the spot start last Wednesday when scheduled starter Cesar Valdez was called up to Toronto that day. Smith pitched three scoreless and hasn't pitched since. The Bulls will be in for three night games followed by a Thursday matinee (1:05 p.m.).