by Amy Moritz
While we were sleeping (okay, at least while I was sleeping) Marcus Stroman got his first big league promotion.
Stroman was on his way to Pittsburgh this morning to joining the much maligned bullpen of Toronto Blue Jays for today's game with the Pirates. It was only a matter of time before the 23-year old got his Major League break. He posted a 1.69 ERA with 36 strikeouts in five starts for the Herd.
His departure will certainly impact the Bisons, although the pitching has been pretty solid for the Herd as of late. The Bisons lead the International League with a 2.91 staff ERA.
The pitching has been a main reason why the Herd is on a five-game winning streak and winners of seven of their last eight games. At 16-10 Buffalo is alone in first place in the International League North Division.
Kyle Drabek gets the start for the Herd this afternoon as the team closes out its homestand with a 1:05 first pitch against the Charlotte Knights.
Drabek (2-2, 4.74 ERA) is coming off a win on Monday where he threw five innings of two-run baseball. He struck out a season-high six batters in the outing.
Offensively, Kevin Pillar's 15-game hit streak ins the longest active streak in the International League. Since April 17 he has averaged .383 with seven doubles and 12 triples. He has driven in 12 runs and scored 10.
Ryan Goins put up back-to-back multi-hit games and is averaging .375 in his four games with the Herd since being sent down from Toronto.
Today's starting lineup for the Bisons:
Darin Mastroianni -- CF
Ryan Goins -- 2B
Kevin Pillar -- LF
Dan Johnson -- 1B
Matt Tuiasosopo -- RF
Jared Goedert -- 3B
Brett Carroll -- DH
Jack Murphy -- C
Jonathan Diaz -- SS