If defense wins champions, maybe offense gets you to the playoffs.
The Buffalo Bisons have pounded out the runs in the last three games and after Sunday's dramatic win are now in a virtual tie with Pawtucket for the International League wild card spot.
The Bisons have nine games left (with a doubleheader in Moosic, Pa., against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday) while the PawSox have eight left.
Of course two of those are head-to-head with the teams meeting tonight and Tuesday (6:05 p.m.).
In the last three games the Bisons have scored 11, 15 and 10 runs marking the first time the club has gone on a three-game 10-plus run streak at Coca-Cola Field. Throughout the month of August the Herd has nearly doubled up the opposition (110-60) helping them to a 16-7 record.
Home run derby: First baseman Brett Wallace provided the drama Sunday becoming the third player ever to hit a walk-off grand slam at Coca-Cola Field. He joins Fernando Martinez (June 14, 2010) and Marcus Scutaro (Aug. 2, 1999). It was, however, the first walk off grand slam in extra innings at the park.
It wasn't just the game-winning grand slam for Wallace. He had three homers in the game, becoming the 10th player in the modern era to accomplish the feat. Four of those three-run homer games have come at the downtown park -- Jeff Manto (July 14, 1997), Dusty Wathan (June 2, 2005), Valentino Pascucci (June 18, 2010) and Vinny Rottino (May 19, 2012).
Ryan Goins: X-rays on the infielder's elbow showed no breaks after he was hit by a pitch in the first inning on Sunday. Goins is not in the lineup today but could be ready for Tuesday.
Mills on the mound: Lefty Brad Mills gets his fifth start for the Herd. He allowed just two runs over six innings in a no-decision against Rochester last Wednesday. Claimed off waivers from Oakland on July 17, 2014, he has 3.10 earned run average in four starts with Buffalo. He has struck out 17 in 20 1/3 innings of work.
Transactions: Kyle Drabek returns to the Herd haver throwing two scoreless efforts out of the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen.
Jinx? The Pawtucket Red Sox had been leading the IL wild card standings for some time, though not by a very comfortable margin. Still weeks ago the team started selling playoff tickets. A story about a cart before a horse comes to mind.
Tonight's Bisons' lineup:
Dalton Pompey -- CF
Anthony Gose -- RF
Kevin Pillar -- LF
Brett Wallace -- DH
Matt Hague -- 3B
Dan Johnson -- 1B
George Kottaras -- C
Ryan Schimpf -- 2B
Jonathan Diaz -- SS