The Buffalo Bisons’ offense perked up just enough on Friday night to get a victory in the opening game of their series with Lehigh Valley.
The Bisons scored a run in the top of the ninth to break a 1-1 tie, and held on for a 2-1 victory before 8,098 in Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa.
The rally came against Edward Mujica, who entered the game for the IronPigs in that inning. With one out, Jon Berti doubled to right. Jio Mier’s fly out moved Berti over to third base on the throw. Pinch-hitter Dave Adams followed with a clutch double to left to drive in Berti.
Chad Girodo had a nervous moment or two in the ninth. He gave up a lead-off single to Will Venable, and an error allowed Hunter to reach and Venable to move to second.
However, Ryan Jackson struck out, and Darnell Sweeney lined into a double play to end the game as Venable was caught off second base.
Pitchers of record: Chad Jenkins (2-0) earned the victory for the Bisons, as he allowed only one hit in two innings of relief work. Mujica fell to 0-1.
Well done: Both starting pitchers were generally effective, but did not figure in the decision. Drew Hutchison opened the game for Buffalo. He went six innings, allowing six hits and striking out six.
Mark Appel only went 5.1 innings for the IronPigs. He allowed four hits and walked four. Both starters gave up a run each.
Scoring recap: No one reached home plate in the first four innings. In the bottom of the fifth, Lehigh Valley got on the board with a couple of hits. Cedric Hunter doubled to left, and Ryan Jackson’s grounder to right drove him home.
Buffalo bounced back with a run in the top of the sixth. Domonic Brown drew a one-out walk, and Jesus Montero singled him to second. Casey Kotchman followed with a single to right that plated Brown. That chased Appel, and reliever Luis Garcia got Junior Lake to hit into an inning-ending double play.
Still streaking: Montero had two more hits on Friday, extending his hitting streak to 13 games.
Next up: The teams continue the series at 6:35 p.m. Saturday (Radio 1520 AM). Scott Diamond takes the mound for the Bisons, while David Buchanan will start for the IronPigs. Buffalo will play Lehigh Valley again on Sunday afternoon, and then head home to face Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.