A three-run home run by Jose Osuna gave the Indianapolis Indians all the offense they needed in a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Bisons at Coca-Cola Field on Thursday afternoon.
Osuna’s blast was out of reach of left fielder Dalton Pompey, clearing the wall with one out in the fourth inning.
The Herd rallied in the ninth as Domonic Brown had a one-out double and then scored on a two-out single from Andy Burns, but Melky Mesa struck out to end the game.
The series: The win for Indianapolis kept the Herd from sweeping the season series. Buffalo won the series, 5-1, and has not gone undefeated against a team in a given year since going 5-0 against the Syracuse Chiefs in 1989.
Early day: Mesa started his Thursday at 4 a.m. as he was promoted from the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, rejoining the Bisons for the afternoon game. In his first 17 games with the Herd this season he hit .300. Starting in center, he doubled in his first at-bat and scored the game’s first run as the Herd took a 1-0 lead in the third.
Hitting streak: Pompey’s RBI single in the third extended his hitting streak to four games while Burns’ single in the ninth to extend his streak to eight games.
Play at the plate: In the second, Matt Dominguez was on first with one out when Brown doubled to the gap in right-center field. Dominguez appeared to slow up a bit rounding third when manager Gary Allenson sent him home. Dominguez was easily out at home on an 8-6-2 play.
Double plays: When Brown grounded into an inning-ending double play in the sixth it was the 132nd time the Herd has hit into a double play. They lead all of affiliated baseball in the dubious statistical category.
Rehab stint: The Toronto Blue Jays announced that utility outfielder Ezequiel Carrera will join the Herd on Friday for a minor-league rehab assignment. Carrera was placed on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 1 with a left Achilles. In 11 games after the All-Star break, he has gone 2 for 23 and has struck out seven times.
Counting the house: There were 8,399 at Coca-Cola Field on Thursday trying to find some relief from the heat.
Up next: The Bisons open a three-game series with Pawtucket on Friday (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM) with right-hander Mike Bolsinger (0-1, 6.75) scheduled to start for the Herd against righty Justin Haley (6-3, 3.18). The series continues on Saturday (7:05 p.m.) with Casey Lawrence facing Sean O’Sullivan and finishes on Sunday (1:05 p.m.) with Scott Copeland facing Henry Owens.