Bisons stop streak in win
The Buffalo Bisons finally got rid of that losing streak they have been dueling with the past six days. The Herd snapped their six-game losing skid when they defeated the Columbus Clippers 5-4 tonight at Huntington Park.
The Bisons jumped out to an early lead thanks to Lucas Duda. Following Jorge Padilla and Mike Jacobs drawing walks from Clippers starting pitcher Eric Berger, Duda sent his 12th homer to center field to give the Herd an early 3-0 lead. Duda who had three RBI in tonight’s game now has 35 on the year.
The speedy Clippers used a combination of small-ball and the long-ball to chip away at the Bisons lead. Columbus got one run back in the first by way of a Jordan Brown sacrifice fly that was able to score Ezequiel Carrera.
Jared Goedert then hit his 17th home run of the year when he blasted a solo shot to left field off of Bisons starter Bobby Livingston to make the game 3-2.
Livingston’s outing today was short lived as he only tossed four innings while giving up five hits and three runs.
The Clippers would get another run to tie the game at three in the fourth. That tie was short-lived as the Herd put another run on the board in the fifth. After Lucas Duda reached base on a fielding error by Goedert allowing Jesus Feliciano to score, the Bisons regained the lead at 4-3.
Columbus would once again battle back to tie the game in what proved to be a back and forth contest. Jose Costanza and Carrera would reach base on back-to-back bunt singles in the sixth to start the inning. With Josh Rodriguez batting Costanza broke for third and due to a throwing error from catcher Michael Barrett he was able to score to once again knot the game up at four.
The Herd would finally take the lead for good in the seventh playing a little small-ball of their own. Feliciano was able to get his 16th double of the year to lead off the inning to put the go-ahead run in scoring position with no outs. Luis Hernandez then did his job by getting Feliciano over to third on a sacrifice bunt. Padilla then drove Feliciano home from a sacrifice fly to right for his 15th RBI of the year.
Chad Cordero, Brian Bruney and Ryota Igarashi combined to throw three scoreless innings out of the pen to secure the win for the Herd and finally put that losing streak to rest. When the Clippers threatened by getting a lead-off single in the ninth, Igarashi made a diving catch on a pop up bunt from Rodriguez and was able to get the double play by getting the runner out at first. For Igarashi it was his first save of the year as the Herd improved to 52-51 to get back over the .500 mark. The Herd will continue their series with the Clippers tomorrow at 7:05 p.m.
BISONS NOTES: Bisons slugger Mike Hessman got the call up to the majors when the Mets selected his contract yesterday. Hessman got to see some action in the Mets 8-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. In the eighth inning Hessman got the opportunity to pinch hit and popped up to the third baseman in his only at-bat of the evening.