Lehigh Valley (26-43) beat Bufalo Bisons 3-0 in Aaron Nola’s debut at AAA. In a marquee match up with the Blue Jays #1 prospect (pre-season #4), Daniel Norris, Nola shined. He needed 98 pitches (66 strikes) to throw 5.0 innings, but allowed only 5 base runners on 4 hits and a walk. One runner was caught stealing and the walk occured on the second to the last batter he faced. Nola punctuated his evening by striking out the next batter, his seventh, to end the fifth inning and his evening. The IronPigs plated a run in the bottom of the inning to give Nola a chance for his first AAA victory and the bullpen took over. Adam Loewen allowed 2 base runners but struck out 6 Bison in 2 innings. Juan Gutierrez allowed 2 base runners in each inning but recorded the 2-inning save.
Norris dominated the IronPigs through the first four innings, allowing just 3 base runners. The ‘Pigs broke through in the fifth when they converted a Jordan Danks walk and a Jayson Nix double into the game’s first run. They applied more pressure in the sixth when they scored a one-out insurance run on a Darin Ruf single, Russ Canzler single and a Cord Phelps double. However, that is all they could manage as the Bison brought in a reliever to end the threat. Lehigh Valley tacked on an additional run on a Darin Ruf single in the seventh inning.
Ruf went 2-4 with a run and an RBI. Danks added 2 hits. Gabriel Lino went 1-4 and threw out a would-be base stealer. Brian Bogusevic (.318) went 1-3 with a walk and stole his 10th base.
Jason Berken (3-4, 3.88) pitches tomorrow.