Miscues lead to loss
Buffalo made a season-high four miscues -including one in the ninth inning and two in the 10th- in a 9-3 defeat to the Indianapolis Indians from Coca-Cola Field.
Indy tied the game at three with a run in the top of the ninth inning. The Indians then exploded for six runs in the 10th to earn the victory.
Buffalo entered the game tied for the third best fielding percentage in the IL. The Herd had made just 46 errors in their first 68 games of the season.
Holding a 3-2 edge in the ninth inning, the Bisons were just three outs away from their fourth win in five games. But the Indians began their game-tying rally when Steve Pearce singled off of Manny Acosta to lead off the frame. Then, Buffalo’s Josh Thole was charged with a catcher’s interference on Jeff Clement. That pushed Pearce into scoring position, and three batters later, he scored on Argenis Diaz’s single.
Things then unraveled for Buffalo in the 10th. Indy’s Erik Kratz led off the inning with a shallow fly ball to left field off reliever Roy Merritt. Left fielder Lucas Duda and shortstop Justin Turner converged, but neither took charge. The ball dropped in for one error and then Duda threw the ball away trying to get Kratz at second base. The double-error put Kratz at third base and opened the flood gates.
Jim Negrych drove home Kratz on a fielder’s choice for the 4-3 lead. The Indians then got doubles from Pearce, Diaz, Jonathan Van Every and pitcher Jean Machi in a six-run explosion.
Buffalo had a 3-2 lead in the ninth on RBI-hits from Duda and Thole and the fourth inning and a pinch hit RBI-single from Andy Green in the sixth.
Indy’s rally spoiled a great start from Dillon Gee. The righty allowed just two runs (one earned) in six innings and struck out seven.
BISONS NOTES: Jorge Padilla came into the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning for his Bisons debut. Padilla was acquired by the Mets in a trade with Toronto on Saturday…Josh Thole went 1-3 and is now 12 for his last 28 at the plate (.429)…Prior to the game, the Bisons announced that longtime broadcaster Duke McGuire and former American Association All-Star Richie Sexson have been elected into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame. Former induction ceremonies will take place at Coca-Cola Field on July 18.