A two-run walk-off single from Chris McGuiness gave the Lehigh Valley IronPigs an 8-7 win over the Buffalo Bisons at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa., Wednesday night.
The Bisons had rallied in the eighth to take a 7-6 lead. It looked like Steve Tolleson had grounded into a routine double play, but a throwing error by second baseman Tyler Henson allowed two runs to score, giving the Herd the go-ahead run.
But Bobby Korecky couldn’t close out the game for the Bisons in the ninth. He gave up two hits and one walk to intentionally load the bases with two outs. McGuiness singled to right field, scoring two and ending the game.
Offensive pop: The Bisons took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Jonathan Diaz hit his first home run of the season. Diaz drove a two-out, 3-2 pitch to left field with Josh Thole on base.
Hot Hague: Matt Hague continues to provide offense for the Herd. His two-out RBI single in the seventh tied the game at 4-4. He went 2 for 3 with two walks. He has hits in 50 of the 66 games he has played this season.
Randy Wolf: He made his 13th start of the season but took the no-decision after giving up four runs on nine hits in five innings pitched. He issued a walk with three strikeouts.
Oh Canada: Two Buffalo Bisons were named to Team Canada for the Pan-American Games, scheduled for July 10-26 in Toronto. Andrew Albers, who pitched in the gold medal game for Canada in the 2011 Pan-Am Games, is 2-8 with a 4.19 ERA with the Bisons this year. Jeff Francis is 2-0 for the Herd with a 2.67 ERA.
Time of game: 3:18
Paid attendance: 8,890
Pitchers of record: Bobby Korecky (2-3) took the loss whiel Juan Gutierrez (1-1) gave up one hit with one strikeout in the ninth for the win.
Records: The Bisons are 32-35. The IronPigs are 25-43.
Up next: The series in Allentown concludes at 7:05 p.m. Thursday (Radio 1520 AM) with Daniel Norris (1-5, 3.45) scheduled to start for the Herd with Lehigh Valley starting Aaron Nola (no record). The Bisons then travel to Syracuse for a three-game set with the Chiefs. The Herd returns home on Tuesday.