Adams’ late heroics lift Bisons
A 10th-inning no-doubt home run from Russ Adams was the difference as the Bisons collected a 6-4 victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Monday night. Lucas Duda also went deep and drove in three as the Herd snapped a two-game skid at Coca-Cola Park.
The Bisons now have a chance to split their four-game series in Allentown, PA with a Tuesday morning 10:35 a.m. start against the IronPigs.
Adams’s home run came with two outs and only after a close strike call to the previous batter. Valentino Pascucci watched a 2-2 breaking ball from Chance Chapman just miss the strike zone, much to the dismay of the righty and his battery mate, Erik Kratz. Pascucci walked on the next pitch and Adams blasted a 3-1 offering to deep right field for the game-winning hit.
Adam’s home run was his first of the season and helped the infield snap 1-15 roadtrip.
Manny Acosta worked the bottom of the 10th inning to earn his first win of the season.
For the second straight day, the beginning of the game belonged to the Bisons. The Herd struck for two runs in the first inning and two more in the third to build a 4-0 lead. Duda drove in three of the runs, with a two-run homer in the first and an RBI-single in the third.
But once again, the IronPigs rallied. After allowing just one hit in the first five innings, Josh Stinson allowed four hits in the sixth. Kratz’s two-out ground rule double pulled Lehigh Valley to within 4-2 and knocked Stinson from the game.
IronPigs shortstop Brian Bocock followed with a two-run single off reliever Dale Thayer to tie the game.
BISONS NOTES: The Bisons learned before the game that RHP Jenrry Mejia suffered a complete MCL tear in his right elbow in his last start, April 29 against Rochester…The Bisons had bases loaded in the eighth and ninth inning but could not score…Nick Evans stole his first base of the season.