For the second time in two weeks, the Toronto Blue Jays pulled the rug out on the Buffalo Bisons' pitching plans.
Not to worry.
Bisons manager Bobby Meacham improvised and four Herd pitchers limited Indianapolis to one hit in a 3-1 International League victory over the Indians on Wednesday afternoon before 8,442 at Victory Field in Indianapolis.
Buffalo salvaged the finale of a three-game series after losses on Monday and Tuesday night.
Nick Tepesch was scheduled to get the start for Buffalo but he was called up to start for the Blue Jays Wednesday night against the New York Yankees in Toronto. Murphy Smith came out of the bullpen to start on the mound for Buffalo and shut out Indy over four-plus innings, allowing only a leadoff single to Kevin Newman in the fourth. Jeff Belliveau (4-1), who was credited with the win, Carlos Ramirez and Chris Smith followed and did not allow a baserunner the last four innings.
Elmore's hot bat: Jake Elmore, who saw action only as a pinch runner in Tuesday night's loss, was back in the lineup Wednesday and went 3 for 5 with a bases-empty home run in the ninth, his first four-bagger of the season. Elmore is 14 for 34 in his last nine games for a .411 batting average.
Stringing 'em: The Bisons put together four hits after two were out in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. Consecutive singles by Mike Ohlman, Shane Opitz and Jason Leblibijian and a double by Roemon Fields got the Herd in front against Indy starter and loser Drew Hutchison. The ex Bison has a 6-8 record.
Stranded: The Bisons won despite leaving 14 runners on base and going only 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position. Twice the Bisons left the bases loaded. Buffalo had runners stranded in seven of the nine innings. Indy, on the other, hand went down in order seven times, including the last four innings."
Still stealing: Fields added to his league-leading stolen base total with No. 35. The Bisons have 118 as a team, also tops in the I.L.
Up next: The Bisons move on to Toledo to face the Mud Hens (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.) on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series. The scheduled rotation for Buffalo will be: Luis Santos, Brett Oberholtzer, Joe Biagini and T.J. House against right-handers Artie Lewicki, Myles Jaye, Buck Farmer and lefty Josh Turley.