The Buffalo Bisons looked as if its ninth-inning rally might produce a win Sunday, but that's not the type of season it's been for the Herd.
Instead, JJ Furmaniak's walk-off, two-run single gave Lehigh Valley a 5-4 victory before a sellout crowd of 10,000 at Coca-Cola Park.
The Bisons erased a one-run deficit in the ninth on a three-run home run by Jason Dubois to take a two-run lead. Jesus Feliciano and Mike Lamb started the Herd rally with singles. After Chip Ambres grounded into a fielder's choice, Dubois blasted the first pitch he saw from Steven Register over the left-field fence. But Lehigh Valley answered in its half of the ninth.
The IronPigs bounced right back as Jason Ellison ignited the rally with a one-out walk. Mike Cervenak followed with a single and Gus Milner picked up his third hit of the night with an RBI double that cut the Bisons' lead to one. Adam Bostick, who started the inning, struck out David Newhan for the second out and it looked as if the Bisons might escape.
But Furmaniak erased those thoughts with a line-drive single to left on the first pitch he saw from Bostick, bringing the tying and winning runs to the plate.
Feliciano's three hits increased his lead in the IL hit chase. The outfielder now has 154 hits, six more than Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's Austin Jackson.
Lamb got the Bisons on the board first with a single up the third-base line in the fourth inning that scored Andy Green from second.
Relief pitcher Edgar Ramirez made his Triple-A debut for the Bisons. He allowed one run on two hits in two innings. Derrick Ellison, celebrating his 31st birthday, made the spot start for the Herd. He worked three scoreless innings, scattering five hits and striking out one.
The Bisons conclude the season here this afternoon (1:35 p.m. Radio 1520 AM). Lefty Adam Pettyjohn is the scheduled starter for the Herd.