Bisons battle back for win
Herd newcomer Bubba Bell capped a two-out rally in the eighth inning to give the Bisons a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Bats on Sunday afternoon from Louisville Slugger Field.
Bell’s game-winning double drove home two of the Herd’s three runs in the frame as the team erased a 3-1 deficit for a much needed victory.
The Bisons had just four outs left in the game and were staring at a fourth straight loss before the offense rallied for four consecutive hits. Nick Evans followed knocks from Luis Hernandez and Kirk Nieuwenhuis with an RBI-single to close the Herd to within one.
Making his first start as a Bison, Bell ripped a 1-0 pitch from reliever Jordan Smith down the left field line. Nieuwenhuis scored easily from third, and when Yondor Alonso had trouble digging the ball out of the corner, Evans came to the plate as well.
The 4-3 advantage was the first lead the Bisons held in the three-game series. Louisville scored in the first inning of all three games including a solo run on Sunday. That lead was 2-0 before the Herd cut the score in half on an RBI-single from Jesus Feliciano in the fifth.
Added to the Bisons roster on Sunday, Pedro Beato pitched 1.1 innings in relief to earn the win. The Mets righty is on a major league injury rehab assignment after being placed on the DL by New York on May 4 with right elbow tendinitis. D.J. Carrasco allowed three runs in six innings in the no-decision.
BISONS NOTES: The game was delayed by one hour and 15 minutes at the start because of rain…Sunday’s game wasn’t Bell’s first action with the team. He came into Saturday night’s contest late and singled in his only at-bat…Dale Thayer pitched the final 1.2 innings for his third save of the season.