Two five-run innings provided plenty of offense for Buffalo as it downed Lehigh Valley, 15-8, to open a four-game series at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa., Friday night.
It was the Bisons’ best offensive performance of the year. The Herd hadn’t scored double-digit runs since a 10-1 victory over Pawtucket on May 2.
The scoring spree went on in lieu of Cavan Biggio and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who were both called up to Toronto earlier Friday.
Instead, the offense was powered by the bats of leadoff hitter Anthony Alford and second baseman Alen Hanson.
Alford went 3-for-6 with a double while Hanson, who was sent to Buffalo by Toronto on May 7, went 3-for-5 with two home runs, including a huge 3-run shot to right field that capped a five-run first inning.
Every Bisons batter recorded at least one hit except for right fielder Andrew Guillotte, who went 0-for-4 with a walk.
Andrew Sopko got the start on the mound but ended up with a no-decision. He threw four innings and gave up six runs while striking out three.
Zach Jackson got his third win of the season in relief. He went two innings, walking two and striking out one.
Buffalo (19-24) picked on IronPigs starter Tyler Viza on his first batter faced when Alford launched a double to deep right in the first.
Lehigh Valley (24-20) was not phased by the early defecit, though. A grand slam in the bottom of the second from Gift Ngoepe had the IronPigs down 5-4 headed into the second inning.
Buffalo’s bats went quiet until the sixth, when Hanson homered again to right field to cap off another five-run inning.
A two-run shot from Jordan Patterson in the eighth inning scored Teoscar Hernandez and put the nail in the IronPigs’ coffin.
The series continues today at Coca-Cola Field at 6:35 p.m.
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