The Buffalo Bisons should send the Lehigh Valley IronPigs a thank you card.
The Herd’s perfect record this season against the Pigs is among the reason they are in the lead in the International League North Division.
That status did not change as Buffalo won its fourth in a row and 10th in 11 games by hanging on for a 7-6 win over Lehigh Valley.
Ezequiel Carrera donned the hero’s cape for the Herd as his two-run single with two outs in the top of the ninth broke a 5-5 tie and capped a big day for the 27-year-old Venezuelan.
Easy does it: Carrera’s two-run single highlighted a fine day at the plate for the Bisons’ center fielder. He led off the game with a home run and finished 2 for 4 with three RBI. Carrera is now 6 for 7 in his last two games with five RBIs and his batting average has risen from .238 to .314.
Matt’s the man: Third baseman Matt Hague continues to sizzle at the plate. His two-run double in the third gave the Bisons a 3-2 lead. He finished 3 for 4 with a walk to raise his average to .396. Hague has now reached base safely 15 times in his last 19 plate appearances. He entered the game with an IL-leading .472 on-base percentage.
Playing the hits: One night after setting a season-high for hits (18) in a game, the Herd continued to sizzle at the plate as they collected 12 more and drew nine walks against four different LV pitchers.
Ownership: This season’s early run of success against the IronPigs isn’t new. Buffalo came into the contest having won 17 of the last 21 meetings between the teams, including 13 of the last 14 dating back to last season.
Bisons’ starters hit bump: Until Friday night, Bisons’ starters had been quite stingy – allowing one run or fewer in 12 of their past 15 games.
Records: Bisons 11-4, Lehigh Valley 4-12.
Paid attendance: 8,178 at Coca-Cola Park.
Next up: The Bisons continue their seven-game road trip with another contest against Lehigh Valley at 6:35 p.m. at Coca-Cola Park. Lefty Rob Rasmussen (0-0, 0.00) gets the starting nod for the Bisons against ex-big leaguer Chad Billingsley (0-0, 3.24).