Bisons rally for 9th inning win
Both the Louisville Bats and Buffalo Bisons put together comeback rallies in the ninth inning on Thursday night. Lucky for the Herd it was the home team and batted last.
Jesus Feliciano singled home a pair with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to send the Bisons to a 6-5 victory at Coca-Cola Field. The rally came after Louisville had taken a 5-4 lead with two runs of their own in the top half of the inning.
Buffalo had a little bit of luck and a lot of clutch hitting to earn a victory in the first game of an eight-game homestand. After yielding a 4-3 advantage in the top half of the ninth, the Bisons got a one-out walk from Luis Hernandez to start the comeback. After Kirk Nieuwenhuis struck out, Salomon Manriquez pinch-hit and cued a grounder softly to second base on the first pitch he saw from Bats’ closer Jerry Gil.
What surely would’ve been the third and final out turned into a base hit as Bisons skipper sent Hernandez on the pitch. That forced Louisville second baseman Michael Griffin to leave his position and cover the bag. Hernandez went first to third on a ball that never left the infield.
Gil then wanted no part of Fernando Martinez, walking the right field on four pitches to load the bases. Feliciano lined a base hit to the opposite field to score both Hernandez and Manriquez for the game-winning runs.
Louisville had a 3-0 lead through three innings, but the Bisons scored three runs on the fourth with hits from Mike Nickeas, Valentino Pascucci and Ruben Tejada. Casey Fossum scored all the way from first base on a Tejada double in the sixth inning to give Buffalo the 4-3 edge.
Todd Frazier’s RBI-double of Dale Thayer in the ninth tied the game at four before former Bison Brian Barton gave Louisville the temporary 5-4 lead with a sacrifice fly.