Baseball is often a game of patience.
After having to patiently wait for the weather to break in order to start the season, the Buffalo Bisons had to patiently wait for the offense to break open on Tuesday afternoon.
The Herd erased a three-run deficit late in the game to earn their second win in two starts, a 5-3 triumph over the Ottawa Lynx in front of around 450 fans at Dunn Tire Park.
The Bisons offense fizzled through the first five innings. They did load the bases on three walks in the first but Jason Cooper struck out to end the inning scoreless.
Ottawa starter J.A. Happ settled into a groove and retired the next 12 batters with ease as the Lynx built a 3-0 lead.
Things changed in the sixth when Ottawa reliever Joe Bisenius took the mound and gave up a walk and hit to start the inning. After a double steal, Keith Ginter hit a sacrifice fly to right to score the first Bison run of the day.
Hector Luna followed with a two-out RBI single to center and advanced to second on a throwing error. Trent Durrington, pinch-hitting for Cooper, singled up the middle to score Luna and tie the game, 3-3.
"You get one cheap hit and then a walk and another hit and suddenly you're back in the game," Ginter said. "All it takes is one at-bat. Everyone wants to be a hero and we have a bunch of guys who are capable of doing that."
Buffalo took the lead in the seventh after it got a pair of two-out baserunners -- on a Luis Rivas single and Shin-Soo Choo walk.
Ginter then doubled to left center, scoring both Rivas and Choo and giving the Herd a 5-3 lead.
"I was looking for a fast ball the first pitch and I ended up looking foolish," Ginter said of his game-winning at-bat. "So I sat back and waited and got myself into a hitter's count. I was waiting for a fastball and he threw a sinker that hung up there and I got a hold of it."
It was a solid comeback for the Bisons after the team struggled defensively.
All three of Ottawa's runs were unearned due to three errors by second baseman Luna.
Luna's first error in the third was easily erased with a two-out ground ball to third but damage was done in the fourth.
With two runners on and two out, Brennan King grounded to short, but Luna dropped the ball for what would have been the inning-ending force out. With the bases full, Jim Rushford singled to center to drive home a pair of runs for a 2-0 Ottawa lead.
In the sixth with one out and runners on first and second, King grounded to short for the force out but Luna overthrew first base, allowing the Lynx to score another run and extend its lead to 3-0.
The Bisons have committed six errors in their first two games.
"We can make excuse about the [cold] weather and not getting any work outside but the bottom line is that it's unacceptable," Bison manager Torey Lovullo said. "We have to get better at it and this team is a much better fielding team than you've seen the last two games."
The series continues today (1:05 p.m.) with righty Brian Slocum scheduled to start for the Herd against Ottawa lefty Jim Crowell.
Bisons 5, Ottawa 3
The pitch: Ginter hits two-run single in the seventh to score winning runs. ... Happ pitches five hitless innings for Ottawa. ... All three Ottawa runs are unearned.
Fast fact: Buffalo has won eight of the last 12 games played against Ottawa at Dunn Tire Park.
Next game: Today vs. Ottawa, 1:05 p.m. (Kids' Week).