Bo Bichette made his long awaited return and the Bisons swept the Indianapolis Indians on Thursday.
Buffalo defeated Indianapolis, 11-3, despite the Bisons’ starter Andrew Sopko throwing only one inning. The sweep marked the first of the season for the Herd.
Bichette made a quiet return atop the Bisons lineup. He’s missed over a month of the season with a broken hand and spent four games with Single-A Dunedin before returning on Thursday.
Bichette is the last of the three Bisons whose fathers played in MLB after Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio were each called up to Toronto during his absence.
Bichette went 1 for 5 with two strikeouts and walked to drive in a run in Indianapolis.
But the Herd’s offense was able to muster up runs with seven separate Bisons recording an RBI.
Buffalo went down in order to start the game. In the top of the second, Patrick Kivlehan walked and Socrates Brito tripled on a line drive to left field to score the first run of the game. Two batters later, Reese McGuire singled to center field as Buffalo went up 2-0.
Both teams remained scoreless until the sixth inning. The Bisons bats were able to take over in Yefry Ramirez’s second inning of relief.
Jonathan Davis led off with a ground-rule double and a McGuire ground out moved him to third. A double from Andy Burns and single from Roemon Fields pushed two runs across. Fields stole third and Billy McKinney doubled to drive in Buffalo’s third run of the inning.
Buffalo loaded the bases on a pair of walks from Anthony Alford and Kivlehan but Brito grounded out to end the inning.
The Bisons scored again on Burns’ single to center in the seventh, scoring Davis, and Kivlehan’s solo home run in the eighth. They added an additional four runs in the ninth on just three hits.