Evans drives in game-winner
It may have took a extra innings and a close play at the plate at Coca-Cola Field, but the Bisons got their third straight win thanks to a Nick Evans single in the bottom of the tenth to get the 2-1 win over the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
After having the first two batters of the tenth strike out, Jorge Padilla kept Buffalo’s hopes alive when he singled to left to extend the inning. Valentino Pascucci drew a four pitch walk to bring Evans up to bat. Evans swung a hot bat all night and was 2-4 with a double and a single prior to his plate appearance in the tenth.
Iron Pigs pitcher Michael Schwimmer put the first pitch to Evans in the dirt. Evans received a pitch to hit after and took full advantage of it. He ripped a sharp liner to left fielder Chris Aguila. Padilla, who was on second base got a good jump on the ball and looked like he was going to score easily. Rounding third base however Padilla stumbled a little on the bag making the play at the plate a lot closer than originally thought. Padilla recovered nicely though and beat the throw from Aguila to give the Bisons the win in bonus baseball.
The Herd however, would not have taken the game to extra innings if it had not been for Fernando Martinez. In the seventh inning with the Bisons trailing 1-0, F-Mart got his team on the board when he swatted his 12th homer of the season off of Iron Pigs starting pitcher Vance Worley. Martinez wasted no time as he took the first offering from Worley and crushed it deep to right center field to knot the game up at one apiece.
Worley gave the Iron Pigs a quality start as he tossed 7.2 innings while only giving up five hits and the one run by way of F-Mart’s home run.
For the Herd Fernando Nieve gave Buffalo 3.2 innings in his go-around tonight. Nieve was a reliever with the Mets and was on designated assignment in Buffalo and needed to be stretched out, thus his short outing tonight. Nieve made good work in his 65 pitch start by giving up two hits and the lone run Lehigh Valley would score on the night.
The bullpen for the Herd picked up the extra amount of innings with ease. After getting a good deal of rest when Ramon Ortiz went the distance Friday night and Pat Misch got through eight innings last night, the pen mowed down the bats of Lehigh Valley. Combining to throw 6.1 innings, Jose De La Torre, Mike O’Connor, Chad Cordero and Ryota Igarashi allowed three hits and no runs.
With their winning streak the Herd now improve their record to 55-53 while the Iron Pigs drop to 44-65 on the season.