Bisons win in extra session
If the final week of this season is an audition for Zach Lutz, Sunday night will go a long way to passing the Triple-A test.
Lutz doubled twice against the Red Wings with the second driving home a pair of runs in the 10th inning of a 6-4 victory over Rochester at Frontier Field.
The 24-year old has now played four games with the Herd and already has four extra-base hits and six RBI.
The Bisons and Red Wings went into extra-inning after Rochester scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at four. Valentino Pascucci drew a one-out walk and moved to second base on a wild pitch from Cole DeVries. With a base open, DeVries gave a free pass to Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
That set the stage for Lutz, who doubled home both runners on the first pitch he saw from DeVries to give the Herd its 75th win of the season.
The Bisons used the longball to get on the board early. Pascucci hit a two-run shot in the first inning and Nieuwenhuis launched his second of the season in the sixth. With the score tied at three, Andy Green gave Buffalo the lead back with a solo shot in the seventh inning.
The win for Buffalo went to Mike O’Connor. The southpaw worked two innings to improve to 5-2 on the season.
The Bisons take on the Red Wings on Monday at 1:05 p.m. in the final game of the 2010 season.
BISONS NOTES: The New York Mets promoted INF Nick Evans and LHP Raul Valdes on Sunday…The Mets also announced that RHP Dillon Gee will start for New York on Tuesday in Washington. After striking out a Bisons modern era record 165 batters in 2010, Gee will be making his major league debut…Valentino Pascucci’s home run was his 17th of the season, one short of Mike Hessman’s team-high 18.