Roemon Fields continued his hot streak with the Buffalo Bisons. The outfielder extended his hitting streak to 12 games, scored a run on a passed ball then had the game-winning hit in the eighth inning to give the Herd a 4-3 win over the Syracuse Chiefs at Coca-Cola Field Friday night.
In 14 games with the Bisons, Fields is batting .409 and surprising lots of people, including Buffalo manager Bobby Meacham.
"I had him all last year and a little bit the year before that and he did struggle," Meacham said. "Last year at the plate he struggled. He came up here and I think he's fitting in. He feels like he belongs here."
Fields has been stepping into the batter's box with confidence. It was no different on Thursday when he came to plate with two outs and Christian Lopes on second base. His single up the middle scored Lopes breaking a 3-3 tie.
"I'm just looking for a pitch I want to hit -- middle away and he put it there and I put a good swing on it," Fields said. "Whatever happens after that happens, honestly. I'm just taking one at-bat at a time, trying to get some hits, get on base, help my team win."
The win came after the Chiefs scored twice in the top of the eighth to tie the game. The responded with Lopes drawing a one-out walk and moving to second a bunt groundout from Shane Opitz. That set up Fields who drove in his 10th run for the Herd.
Chris Smith got a strike out and the was helped out with a double play from the defense to close out the win.
Start it with two: The Herd got on the board with two outs in the first. Rowdy Tellez singled and Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew a walk. Both scored on a triple from Jason Leblebijian.
Strong arm: With two outs and two on, Syracuse shortstop Adrian Sanchez singled to shallow right field. That's when Bisons outfielder Ian Parmley got to show off his arm, throwing home in plenty of time for catcher Raffy Lopez to get the out at the plate.
Ian Parmley showing off 💪💪💪! pic.twitter.com/ebmdUFWNuM
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Dealing some Ks: Bisons starter Luis Santos struck out six batters, including four in a row. Santos struck out the side in the third and the first hitter in the fourth.
Caught in the wind: Syracuse got on the board in the sixth when a fly ball to left from Brandon Snyder was wind-assisted over the wall for a solo home run.
Delivering a a hit streak: Fields extending his hitting streak to 12 games with a lead-off single in the seventh. He made it count two batters later when he scored from third on a passed ball to give the Herd a 3-1 lead.
Tough time in the eight: Syracuse loaded the bases with a one-out walk and two hits. Leblebijian fielded a ball at second, ready to start a double play, but bobbled the ball allowing a run to score. A fielder's choice scored another run and the Chiefs tied the game, 3-3.
Roster move: Dwight Smith Jr. earned his first Major League call-up by the Blue Jays on Thursday after the club suspended outfielder Kevin Pillar for two games for using a homophobic slur in a game Wednesday against the Braves in Atlanta. Smith Jr. was Top 15 hitter in the International League driving in 17 runs with a .297 batting average and 10 extra-base hits. Pillar's suspension puts him off the 25 and 40-man rosters, clearing the way for Smith Jr.'s promotion.
Counting the stands: The official paid attendance was 4,608.
Up next: The Bisons start a three-game series with the Pawtucket Red Sox and will face Boston starter David Price who is making his first rehab start as he returns from an elbow injury suffered in spring training. Also with the PawSox on MLB rehab is third baseman Pablo Sandoval, scheduled to be the designated hitter for the PawSox.