Any thought the Buffalo Bisons would challenge for an International League playoff spot in the seven weeks left in the season, probably ended in a barrage of home runs by the Lehigh Valley IronPigs against the Herd over the weekend.
After losing the opener, the IronPigs slammed 11 home runs in winning the last three games of the series at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa. Five of the home runs came Sunday against Bisons starter Nick Tepesch (0-4) in an 8-0 loss.
Mitch Walding and Dylan Cozens each hit two homers for the IronPigs. One for each came with a man on in the first inning. Adron Chambers hit the other with the bases empty in the fourth.
Points of interest: Bisons are 3-10 against first-place Lehigh Valley, 2-6 at Coca-Cola Park and are 11 games behind the IronPigs in the North Division standings. Buffalo has fallen to fifth place in the division and 10th overall in the league. ... The Herd had only five hits, four of them singles, against four Lehigh Valley pitchers in Sunday's loss before 8.027 at Coca-Cola Park.
Noteworthy: After a strong start in a 3-2 loss to Pawtucket on June 25, Tepesch has given up 31 hits including eight homers and 20 earned runs in 12.1 innings. ... It was the seventh win in the last eight games for Lehigh Valley which has not lost a series since dropping two of three at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre June 19-21. The IronPigs are 14-6 since, including 5-1 against Buffalo. ... Lehigh Valley victimized Buffalo pitching for 13 homers in the four-game series. The IronPigs now lead the league with 99 homers. The Bisons have 61. Oddly enough, Lehigh Valley is batting only .241 as a team, 12th in the 14-team league.
Next: The Bisons return home to open a six-game homestand, three each with the Norfolk Tides and Durham Bulls. Right-hander Brandon Cumpton (1-0, 0.00) gets the start tonight (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.) against righty David Hess (2-1, 3.06) of the Tides. The teams will play again Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon.