Friday night delight
One night after the Bisons erased a five-run deficit on the Gwinnett Braves the two teams switched roles as the Braves scored five runs in the final two innings thanks to send the game into extra innings.
Tonight’s story had a different ending for the Herd as Jesus Feliciano played the part of the hero, getting a single in the eleventh inning to drive home second baseman Russ Adams and defeat the Braves 10-9. In his second game back with the Herd returning from the Mets, Feliciano was 0-5 before lining a single just past Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman to score Adams from second and giving the Bisons their 47th win of the year.
The Herd entered the eighth inning with a 9-4 lead on Gwinnett. The Braves however would begin to chip away at their lead thanks to a three-run eighth inning where both left fielder Mitch Jones and catcher J.C Boscan had home runs. For Jones it was his team-high 17th home run of the year and his second of the night. Jones also hit a three-run blast in the first inning to put the Braves ahead early in the game.
The Braves then completed the comeback by getting a two-run home run from shortstop Brandon Hicks in the bottom of the ninth.
The comeback from the Braves erased a strong start from the Bisons lone All-Star selection, Pat Misch. After throwing an inning of scoreless relief in the mid-summer classic while striking out two batters on Wednesday, the left hander tossed six more innings, giving up seven hits and allowing four runs.
Due to the faltering of the Bisons pen however, Misch was denied his tenth win of the year. Misch who remains at 9-3 saw his four-game winning streak snapped when the Bisons bullpen allowed the Braves to score those five late runs. The lefty will have to wait until his next start to see if he can become the first Bisons pitcher since Jeremy Guthrie in 2005 to get to the double-digit mark in wins.
In his 1.2 innings of relief, pitcher Ryota Igarashi was touched up for five hits and three runs. Manny Acosta followed Igarashi in the ninth inning to try to pick up the save. Acosta was unable to do so and allowed the Hicks two-run home run with two outs, giving the 13,397 fans at Coca-Cola Field a dose of bonus baseball.
Feliciano’s single was the first hit the Bisons received in extra innings and he could not have picked a better time to get it. Before Feliciano, Adams got aboard by drawing a walk and was then moved over to second by way of a Jorge Padilla sacrifice bunt.
The walk-off win is the sixth for the Herd this season. Feliciano joins the company of injured Bisons slugger Mike Hessman, Fernando Martinez and Chris Carter as the other members of the Herd to have walk-off hits this year.
Bisons pitcher Jose De La Torre picked up the win by not allowing a hit in the eleventh inning and moves to 1-1 on the season. The Bisons are now 47-45 and remain 7.5 games back of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the lead in the IL North.
BISONS NOTES: First baseman Mike Jacobs hit his 15th home run of the year in the second inning to give the Herd 102 home runs for the year. That mark of 102 is tops in the IL and 22 more than they hit all of last season. The Bisons have also been finding their home run stroke as of late hitting 21 home runs in their past 13 games.