A grand slam from Dwight Smith Jr. in the sixth inning helped the Buffalo Bisons to a 14-8 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox in McCoy Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
The Bisons scored nine of their 11 runs on home runs. It started with a solo shot by Darnell Sweeney in the third followed by a two-run shot from Teoscar Hernandez which gave the Bisons a 3-0 lead.
Pawtucket responded with four runs in the bottom of the third, but the Herd regained a 5-4 lead in the fourth thanks to a two-run home run from Jason Leblebijian.
The Red Sox responded with a home run of their own, a two-run shot by Jantzen Witte which put Pawtucket up, 6-5.
But then the Herd exploded for eight runs in the sixth. It started with an RBI single from Ian Parmley to tie the game. Sweeney then drew a bases-loaded walk to give the Herd a 7-6 lead setting up the grand slam theatrics from Smith Jr.
The inning continued for the Herd as Danny Jansen had an RBI single and Tim Lopes drove in a run on a groundout to first.
Noteworthy: Bisons starter Deck McGuire gave up six runs on five hits in five innings during his season debut. He struck out four and walked three picking up his first win of the season. … Reliever Murphy Smith gave up two runs in 1 2/3 innings. It was his first game with the Herd after being added to the roster from extended spring training. He took the spot of Tim Mayza who was recalled by the Toronto Blue Jays. ... Smith drove in five runs on two hits. ... Along with Smith five other Bisons had two hits in the game – Danny Espinosa, Christian Lopes, Leblebijian, Parmley, and Sweeney. ... Former Bison Mike Ohlman had two hits, drove in two runs, and scored two runs for the Red Sox. ... Buffalo won two of the three games in the series with Pawtucket.
Up next: The Bisons return to Buffalo to host the Indianapolis Indians in their Coca-Cola season opener at 2:05 p.m. Righty Sam Gaviglio is scheduled to make his debut in the Toronto Blue Jays organization as the starter for the Herd against Indy righty Tyler Eppler (1-0, 0.00 ERA). Chris Rowley is expected to get his first start of the season on Friday with Joe Bigaini set for his second start on Saturday after a no-decision in the Herd's opener.