Rowdy Tellez ended a long and interesting night at Coca-Cola Field.
It was 11:53 p.m. when Tellez drove a pitch over the right field fence for a walk-off two-run home run as the Buffalo Bisons survived for a 7-5 win in the 13th inning over the Pawtucket Red Sox Friday night.
Tellez homered off Pawtucket second baseman Mike Miller, who came in to pitch in the 11th.
"I just kind of treated it like batting practice," Tellez said about facing a positional player on the mound. "I just wanted to make hard contact and hit into his pitch. Everybody has in the back of their mind 'don't strike out on a position player.' But I'm just happy we got the win."
Speaking of the win, it was outfielder Ian Parmley who picked up the win on the mound. He pitched two innings, including a 1-2-3 13th.
"Parmley, my gosh, that was unbelievable what he did," Bisons manager Bobby Meacham said.
Was Parmley the go-to positional player when the pitching staff was taxed?
"In my mind he was," Meacham said. "I don't know if he knew it. It was one of the those things, we talked with a few people above me about who we would use if this ever happened and his name kept coming up as the guy."
As if a 13-inning win wasn't enough drama at the ballpark, there was a 19-minute delay when the outfield lights went out, right at 11 p.m. as the teams headed to the 11th inning.
Against Price: The Bisons fared well against David Price, the Boston Red Sox ace who started for Pawtucket on an MLB rehab stint. It started with Jake Elmore, who worked a 15-pitch at-bat that resulted in a double in the first inning.
"It started out with a great at-bat by Elmore. My goodness that was awesome," Bisons manager Bobby Meacham said. "It was fun to watch and fun to have 15 pitches and a double. I think that broke the ice for us going up to the plate against a pretty good pitcher."
The Herd got the bats going in the second. Raffy Lopez hit a solo home run and Elmore added a two-run single as the Bisons took a 3-0 lead.
PawSox rally: Pawtucket got on the board in the fourth, loading the bases on three straight singles. An error by righfielder Ian Parmley allowed one run to score while a sacrifice fly to center scored another, cutting the Bisons lead to 3-2.
Extending the lead: Ian Parmley doubled, stole third and hustled home a sacrifice fly to right from Jonathan Diaz to give the Herd a 4-2 lead in the sixth.
PawSox rally II: Murphy Smith ran into trouble in the seventh, loading the bases with one out thanks to two walks and a hit. It looked as if the Herd was ready to turn a double play, but second baseman Jason Leblebijian bobbled the ball, all runners were safe and a run scored. Smith then walked Ryan Court with the bases loaded, allowing the tying run to cross the plate.
Go-ahead: Elmore produced a two-out RBI single in the eighth to put the Herd up, 5-4.
PawSox rally III: With two out and two on in the top of the ninth, Matt Dominguez singled to center field. The throw from Roemon Fields was strong, but skipped short in front of Lopez allowing the tying run to score.
Continuing to deliver: Fields singled to left with two outs in the sixth to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
First pitch: Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott threw out the ceremonial first pitch Friday night.
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Roster moves: Outfielder Andrew Guillott was promoted to the Bisons from Class-A Dunedin on Friday. In 39 games in the Florida State League, he has driven in 14 runs while hitting .293 with 10 doubles and two home runs.
Counting the stands: The official paid attendance was 12,380, the largest crowd of the season for the Bisons. And if you were in the stands Friday night, you can exchange your ticket for two tickets to any of the remaining games in May at Coca-Cola Field. There was some rain during the game, activating the club's "no rain guarantee" for this homestand.
Up next: The series continues at 1:05 p.m. Saturday with the Bisons scheduled to start righty Jarrett Grube (2-2, 5.75) against PawSox lefty Brian Johnson (2-0, 2.92).