by Amy Moritz
A double to left field by Moises Sierra with two outs in the bottom of the ninth gave the Buffalo Bisons a 7-6 win over the Columbus Clippers in front of 11,180 at Coca-Cola Field Thursday afternoon.
The Clippers had taken a 6-3 lead into the final inning but the Herd slowly built into its rally. Clint Robinson drew a lead off walk and back-to-back singles from Mike McCoy and Anthony Gose loaded the bases with no outs.
Mike Nickeas singled to score one run then a sacrifice to center by Kevin Pillar scored another.
Ryan Goins stepped to the plate and helped move runners into scoring position, though it won't show up on the stat sheet. Goins asked for time from the home plate umpire but it wasn't granted. He stepped out of the box anyway. It confused relief pitcher Nick Hagdone who threw the ball to the backstop allowing the runners to move to second and third.
Goins struck out bringing up Sierra, who had already struck out in all four of his previous at bats. This time, with the outfield playing shallow, he drilled a shot off the left field wall. Scored a double it brought in two runs for the walk-off win.
The Bisons begin an eight-game road trip starting with a four-game series at Toledo. Chien-Ming Wang (5-6, 2.63 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Bisons against lefty Ramon Garcia (3-8, 6.51 ERA). The game begins at 7 p.m. (Radio 1520).