Herd rallies when Dice-K exists
Daisuke Matsuzaka was the star attraction on Thursday afternoon in downtown Buffalo, but Fernando Martinez and the comeback Bisons stole the spotlight.
Martinez gave the Bisons their first walk-off victory of the season when he drove home Alex Cintron in the bottom of the 10th inning of a 3-2 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox.
UPDATE: Manager Ken Oberkfell’s post-game comments:
Leading off the home 10th, Cintron hit the first pitch up the middle for a single. Ruben Tejada laid down the sacrifice and Josh Thole drew the two-out walk to keep the inning alive. Fernando Martinez then drove a sharp grounder off the glove of PawSox first baseman Jorge Jimenez. The ball trickled into right field while Cintron raced home with the game-winning run.
Buffalo, trailing 2-0, got a leadoff single by Ike Davis in the seventh inning set the stage for the right-handed slugger Mike Hessman. Behind in the count 1-2, Hessman smacked a two-run bomb to right-center field off reliever Dustin Richardson for his International League leading fourth home run of the year, tying the game. Mike Hessman now has 315 career minor league home runs.