Dwight Smith Jr. and Gunnar Heidt each hit a solo shot, while Murphy Smith pitched five innings of shutout ball in the Buffalo Bisons’ dominant 8-0 road victory against the Gwinnett Stripers on Friday night.
Smith Jr.’s home run led off the scoring for the Bisons, as he hit his sixth of the year over the right field wall in the first inning. Heidt doubled the lead with a home run to left in the fourth, kicking off a streak of three straight innings with runs for the Herd.
Buffalo scored twice in the fifth on a double by Anthony Alford and a single by Rowdy Tellez, then added three more in the sixth thanks to a two-RBI single by Smith Jr. and a wild pitch by Gwinnett righty Chad Bell.
Alford added one more insurance run in the ninth on a groundout to complete the offensive onslaught.
Smith earned the win for the Bisons, giving up four hits and one walk while striking out three. Conor Fisk and Taylor Guerrieri both pitched two shutout innings in relief.
Points of interest: Friday was just the fifth shutout victory of the season for the Bisons. They’ve lost 11 games in shutout fashion. ... Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 0 for 4 with a walk, pushing his batting average down to .345. He’s reached base in 15 of his 16 games with the Herd. ... Smith Jr., a Georgia native, finished 3 for 4 with three RBI.
Noteworthy: Buffalo has won five of its last six games. ... The Blue Jays recalled outfielder Billy McKinney, who the team acquired as part of the J.A. Happ deal, from the Bisons prior to Friday’s contest. The 23-year-old Dallas native homered in his previous three games with Buffalo. He replaced catcher Luke Maile, who was placed on the paternity list. ... The Bisons have scored eight or more runs three times this week.
Up Next: The Bisons play the third game in their four-game series with the Stripers at 6:05 p.m. on Saturday. Lefty Shawn Morimando (1-3, 7.03), who signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays on July 9, will make his Bisons debut after a stint on the disabled list. Righty Touki Toussaint (2-0, 2.01) will be on the mound for Gwinnett.
Story topics: Buffalo Bisons