The Buffalo Bisons took advantage of the wildness of Louisville reliever Carlos Contreras to score five times in the eighth inning Saturday night and pin an 11-6 loss on the Louisville Bats at Louisville Slugger Stadium.
Contreras walked the first two batters he faced and threw a wild pitch before giving up an RBI single to Ramon Santiago that snapped a 6-6 tie. The Bats’ right-hander was relieved by Jimmy Moran after another walk. Moran gave up two-run singles by Luke Scott and Caleb Gindl before he got out of the inning when Sean Ochinko grounded into a double play.
The Bisons led, 5-0, before the Bats tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, then took a 6-5 lead momentarily with a run in the fifth when ex-Bison Josh Satin tripled home a run.
Three’s company: Santiago, Brad Glenn and Gindl each had three hits for the Bisons, who got hits from all nine spots in the batting order. Buffalo had 17 hits in all against five Louisville pitchers. Gindl drove in three runs and Santiago and Scott had two RBIs each. Seven Bisons scored runs.
Ambush: Veteran left-hander Randy Wolf seemed to be rolling along to another quality start behind a 5-0 lead. Then the bottom of the fourth inning happened. The second time through the batting order the Bats tattooed Wolf for five runs. They sent 10 players to the plate in erasing their deficit. The first six players Wolf faced in the inning reached safely – four consecutive hits, a walk and a double by Yorman Rodriguez. After a strikeout, a walk and another single, Todd Redmond came on in relief and got the final out of the inning.
Road power: The double-figure explosion was the second for the Herd on their seven-game road trip. They opened the trip with a 12-3 victory at Indianapolis before losing the last two games of that series.
Time of game: 3:17.
Pitchers of record: Gregory Infante (1-0, 1.38) was the winner. Contreras (1-1, 5.79) took the loss.
Attendance: 8,354 on an 86-degree night in the city where American Pharoah won the first leg of his Triple Crown.
What’s next: The Bisons and Bats are 3-3 against each other and will finish their season series on Sunday (6 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). Left-hander Andrew Albers (2-7, 3.64) is scheduled to start for the Herd against right-hander Dylan Axelrod (2-3, 3.81). On Monday night, Buffalo will open a seven-game home stand against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with a 7:05 start. Then the Charlotte Knights come to Coca-Cola Field for three games, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.