If sports can send fans on a roller coaster of emotions, Sunday’s Buffalo Bisons game was the equivalent of a ride on Millennium Force – one of North America’s tallest and fastest coasters – in Cedar Point, Ohio.
The Herd scored seven unanswered runs to erase a six-run deficit to defeat the Pawtucket Red Sox, 11-10, Sunday at McCoy Stadium.
Matt Hague’s three-run homer in the seventh brought the Bisons to within 10-7. The Red Sox got two outs in the eighth, but then the next six Bisons reached base as Buffalo scored four runs to take an 11-10 lead. Hague and Alex Hassan each had RBI singles and Andy Burns’ two-run double put the Herd ahead for good.
Greg Burke earned his first victory of the season for the Bisons.
How it ended: After shutting out the Red Sox in the eighth inning, the Bisons left Gregory Infante in for the start the ninth. Infante retired the first batter of the ninth, but allowed consecutive walks before being replaced by Chad Jenkins. It only took Jenkins two pitches to record his first save of the season, as he got Jeff Bianchi to ground into the game-ending double play.
How it looked like it was lost: The Red Sox scored six runs in the third inning to take a 9-3 lead, highlighted by two-run doubles by Marco Hernandez and Jeff Bianchi off Todd Redmond, who was relieving Andrew Albers. Albers allowed seven runs in two innings and was pulled before recording an out in the third inning.
#MattVP: Hague continued his dominant season with his eighth home run of the season. Hague went 3 for 5 with three runs and five RBIs, resulting in his 43rd multi-hit game of the season and third straight.
Records: Buffalo (53-49), Pawtucket (41-61).
Next game: The Herd travel to Syracuse for a four-game series starting Monday (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). Buffalo has won five straight and eight of its last nine. The Bisons send Daniel Norris (3-10, 4.10) against Syracuse’s Richard Bleier (1-1, 2.93).