Bisons walk away with another

The Herd has returned from their All-Star break with a new found flare for the dramatics.

The Bisons defeated the Gwinnett Braves 4-3 at Coca-Cola Field tonight thanks to a walk-off sacrifice fly from Jorge Padilla for the Bisons second walk-off win in as many days. The Herd earned their victory last night thanks to a Jesus Feliciano single in the eleventh inning and the sacrifice fly from Padilla gave the Herd their seventh walk-off win this season.

The Braves jumped out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to a home run from first baseman Freddie Freeman in the first inning. Freeman’s eleventh home run of the season came off of a 1-1 pitch from Bisons starter Oliver Perez and was driven deep to right field to give the Braves the early advantage. After giving up the home run to Freeman, Perez settled down and got through the next four innings with relative ease. Perez ran into a bit of trouble in the sixth however, giving up a two-run home run to Braves left fielder Mitch Jones to tie the game at three.

Following Jones’ two home run game last night, the Braves slugger launched his team leading 18th home run of the year out of Coca-Cola Field to signal the end of Perez’s start.

In his second rehab outing with the Herd, Perez gave Buffalo a quality start. The lefty tossed 6.2 innings while giving up seven hits and only three earned runs. Perez also struck out seven batters in his performance tonight.

Following their disappointing appearances in the past two games, the Bisons bullpen pitched well in tonight’s contest and did not allow any more runs after Perez’s exit. Jose De La Torre, Ryota Igarashi and Manny Acosta combined to throw 2.1 innings while only permitting one hit and one walk to keep the Bisons in the game.

Entering the bottom of the ninth with the game tied at three the Herd tried to avoid going into extra innings for the third straight game.

Third baseman Mike Cervenak started the inning off right when he got aboard with a single to lead off the frame. Right fielder Fernando Martinez then followed Cervenak and showed that he was going to bunt to move the runner over. Once Martinez laid down the bunt back to Braves pitcher Scott Proctor his throw to the bag sailed past Freeman and allowed Cervenak to move to third and Martinez to reach second.

After second baseman Russ Adams was intentionally walked to load the bases catcher J.R House struck out and Padilla was sent to pitch hit in the pitchers spot. Padilla came through in the clutch and sent a fly ball deep enough to right field to score Cervenak when Jordan Schafer’s throw could not beat the runner home giving the Herd the 4-3 win.

The win for the Herd now improves their record to 48-45 while the loss drops the Braves to 43-51.

BISONS NOTES: The Herd will return to Coca-Cola Field tomorrow afternoon to finish up their four-game series with the Braves. Dillon Gee (8-5, 4,77 ERA) will take on Gwinnett left hander Jose Oretgano (2-6, 6.51 ERA) before the Herd will head to Rochester for a home and home series with the Red Wings.

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