Dalton Pompey’s single gave the Buffalo Bisons a 4-3 walk-off win in the 12th inning against the Columbus Clippers Sunday afternoon.
The Clippers had built a 3-0 lead at Coca-Cola Field before Matt Hague tied the game with a three-run homer in the eighth.
The teams traded chances, but the Bisons cashed in Pompey’s hit up the middle scored Josh Thole from third. It was just the fourth walk-off win for the Herd this season.
MattVP: That’s what the Bisons have been calling Matt Hague as the slugger makes a case for the most valuable player in the IL and is on track to win the league’s batting title. He came through in the clutch again on Sunday. After Dalton Pompey and Caleb Gindl drew walks to open the ninth, Hague drilled a three-run home run to left field, tying the game for the Herd.
Chances in the ninth: The Bisons drew two walks around a single from Munenori Kawasaki to load the bases with one out. But Caleb Gindl flew out to shallow center and Matt Hague struck out, sending the game to extra innings.
Left on base: In the ninth, 10th and 11th innings the Bisons combined to strand seven runners.
Damage with doubles: Columbus scored all three of its runs on doubles. Michael Martinez had a two-out, two-run double in the second while James Ramsey had an RBI double in the fourth.
Quality start for Boyd: Starter Matt Boyd pitched well in the no-decision. His hiccups were minimal and early. In the second he gave up three hits, including a two-out, two-run double. In the fourth he gave up back-to-back hits allowing another run. After issuing a two-out walk, he retired the next 10 batters, closing his outing in the seventh with back-to-back strikeouts. In all he gave up just three earned runs in seven innings for his third quality start in five with the Herd.
Sanchez to the bullpen: Toronto media reported Sunday afternoon that Blue Jays manager John Gibbons wants to move Aaron Sanchez to the bullpen when he comes off the disabled list. Gibbons told the media that Sanchez will make one more appearance in Buffalo, pitching in relief on Tuesday.
Pitchers of record: Chad Jenkins (7-2) picked up the win while Trey Haley (1-1) took the loss.
Time of game: 3:49
Paid attendance: 7,254
Records: The Bisons are 47-48. Columbus is 52-43. Buffalo wins the season series, 4-3.
Next up: The Bisons continue their homestand with two games against Syracuse. Monday’s 7:05 p.m. start features starters Randy Wolf (5-1, 2.93) and Paolo Espino (2-3, 2.54). Syracuse will have Jayson Werth in its lineup on Monday. Werth is continuing his MLB rehab assignment after a pitch broke his left wrist on May 15.