July 29, 2014

Bisons claw back into playoff race in win over Lehigh Valley

Darin Mastroianni rounds the bases in the Bisons' 9-4 win over Lehigh Valley. Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes.

Little by little. Hit by hit. Game by game the Buffalo Bisons are clawing their way back into the playoff race.

The Bisons pounded out 12 hits en route to a 9-4 win over Lehigh Valley in front of 7,881 fans Sunday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field. The Herd has now won six of its last seven games and is above .500 (54-53) for the first time since July 11, when it was 48-47.

Falling behind 3-0 after the Ironpigs had their first at-bat, it appeared as if the Herd would be in for a long afternoon. But the Bisons were patient in their approach against Lehigh Valley starter Jo-Jo Reyes. Bisons left fielder Adron Chambers drew a lead off walk in the first and would eventually score. Buffalo would break the game open in the third inning, scoring seven runs on eight hits and sending 12 batters to the plate to take an 8-3 lead.

“We're just on a roll,” said Bisons managers Gary Allenson. “I don't know if it's just Lehigh and we play them good or (we) just figured out the bats and stuff. But it's nice to move some guys around.”

The inning was highlighted by Jared Goedert's two-run triple — the Bisons only extra-base hit of the day — and Jonathan Diaz (2-for-4, one run, one RBI), who became the first Bison to record two hits in one inning since April 18, 2013.

Reyes made some questionable pitch selections in the third inning and the Bisons made him pay dearly.

“I think he kind of gave us a couple pitches to work with,” said Chambers, who was 2-for-4 with two runs. “He kind of fell behind a couple... Read the rest of this article in Sports


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