One day after being named the Most Valuable Player on the Buffalo Bisons, Roemon Fields set the team’s modern era record for steals in a season.
Fields also scored a run to help the Bisons to a 4-0 win over Syracuse at NBT Bank Stadium Friday night.
Fields swiped two bases in the win to give him 42 on the year. That surpasses the mark of 41 set by Tony Womack’s in 1994.
Building a lead: The Bisons took a 3-0 lead in the third. An RBI single from Christian Lopes opened the scoring while a single from Dwight Smith Jr. scored two runs.
Adding to the lead: In the fouth, Smith Jr. drew a two-out, bases loaded walk to give the Herd a 4-0 lead.
Bisons debut: Anthony Alford made his Buffalo Bisons debut, going 2 for 5 and starting in left field. The highly-touted prospect went from Double-A New Hampshire to Toronto in May, getting eight at-bats in four games before breaking a bone in his hand. He returned to New Hampshire in mid-July where he batted .318 with a .406 on-base percentage.
Shutout: Four Bisons pitchers combined for the shutout. Starter Chris Rowley pitched three innings with Chad Girodo picking up the win with three shutout innings. Griffin Glaude made his Triple-A debut pitching the seventh while Jeff Beliveau picked up the save.
Roster news: Major League rosters expanded on Friday and the Toronto Blue Jays took three players from the Bisons. They recalled outfielder Teoscar Hernandez and selected the contracts of outfielder Michael Saunders and reliever Carlos Ramirez.
Over his last nine games, Hernandez went 11 for 36, with two doubles, a triple five home runs and 12 RBIs. Meanwhile Saunders has hit .354 (34 for 96) over the last 22 games with 13 extra-base hits. It’s been a nice rebound for Saunders who had a 6-for-50 start in his first 13 games after signing with the organization. Ramirez is heading to his MLB debut without allowing an earned run. In Buffalo, over 14 innigs pitched, he had 16 strike outs while allowing just six hits and three walks in the 50 batters he faced. Over 25 combined games in Double-A and Triple-A, he gave up no earned runs in 37∏ innings.
Up next: The series continues in Syracuse at 7:05 p.m. Saturday with Murphy Smith to start against Esmil Rogers. The teams play again at 7:05 p.m. Sunday and conclude the season at 1:05 p.m. Monday.