A two-run home run from Jordan Danks in the ninth inning gave the Lehigh Valley IronPigs a 5-4 win over Bisons the Buffalo Bisons at Coca-Cola Field Tuesday night.
The Bisons had taken a 4-3 lead in the eighth when Alex Hassan’s two-out double scored two runs. But in the ninth Bobby Korecky gave up a one-out double to Aaron Altherr then the home run to Danks.
Hassan brings them home: Alex Hassan drove in all four Bisons runs. He had an RBI single in the second to tie the game, 1-1, for the Herd. His sacrifice to center in the fourth gave the Herd a 2-1 lead.
Long ball: Russ Canzler led off the seventh with a home run to left field to tie the game for the IronPigs. Three of Lehigh Valley’s five runs were scored off home runs.
Solid pitching: Randy Wolf gave another solid starting performance for the Bisons. After giving up an RBI single in the first he retired 13 straight batters. Wolf gave up a solo home run in the seventh then ran into trouble in the eighth when a walk and three hits allowed the IronPigs to take the lead. Wolf gave up three runs on six hits in 7 2/3 innings of work – his longest outing of the season. He walked three and struck out seven. Of his 106 pitches 65 were for strikes.
About that eighth inning: With the IronPigs threatening, Jonathan Diaz, making his 13th start in centerfield, made a fantastic throw to the plate for the second out of the inning. But he couldn’t do it twice and a single to shallow center from Cord Phelps gave Lehigh Valley a 3-2 lead.
Roster moves: The rotating lineup continues for the Bisons who have had 118 player moves this season with 50 different players to appear in a game for the Herd. In the latest moves, pitchers Scott Copeland and Ryan Tepera were activated after being optioned from Toronto while the Blue Jays promoted relievers Rob Rasmussen and Todd Redmond. The Bisons also activated outfielder Melky Mesa from the disabled list.
Time of game: 2:33
Paid attendance: 6,908
Pitchers of record: Cesar Jimenez (2-3) picked up the win while Korecky (2-4) took the loss. Juan Gutierrez picked up his second save.
Up next: The teams continue their series at 7:05 Wednesday with Daniel Norris (1-6, 3.44) scheduled to start for the Bisons against Aaron Nola (1-0, 0.00).