The Buffalo Bisons began their final homestand of the season in winning fashion, earning a 4-3 victory over the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs at Coca-Cola Field Friday night.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Herd.
The Bisons scored four runs in the fifth, powered by the bat of Darrell Ceciliani. The Herd had singles from Andy Burns and Jio Mier while Dalton Pompey drew a one-out walk to load the bases. Ceciliani then belted a hit over the head of the center fielder to clear the bases with a triple. Ceciliani then scored on a single up the middle from Matt Dominguez, giving the Herd a 4-1 lead.
More on Dominguez: The third baseman leads the Bisons, driving in 64 runs this season.
Facing Lehigh Valley: Bisons manager Gary Allenson joked that they've faced Lehigh Valley's starting pitcher Dave Buchanan so many times it's almost like he's part of the team. "In the three years I've been here we've faced Buchanan more than any other pitcher. It's like he's on our team. But he came out the first four innings and was locked in. We couldn't do nothing off him. Made it work in that one inning there. Ceciliani with the triple. Some nice base running by Pompey reading it and scoring easily from first base. ... They're a tough club. We had to be on our A game to beat those guys."
Bases loaded again: In the sixth, Ceciliani again came up with one out and the bases loaded, but he bounced to second and Lehigh Valley turned the double play to end the inning.
First run: Lehigh Valley got on the board in the fourth. With one out, the Iron Pigs had three straight base hits, including an RBI infield single from Brock Stassi as he easily beat out Bisons' pitcher Scott Diamond who was late going to cover first base.
A rare earned run: Cody Asche had a two-run home run in the seventh to cut the Bisons lead to 4-3. It was just the second time Bisons' reliever Dustin Antolin allowed an earned run since June 9.
Defense makes a difference: In the second, Scott Diamond gave up two hits and a walk to load the bases with no out. Defense kept Lehigh Valley off the board as third baseman Matt Dominguez fielded a short hopper and threw home for a force out. Jesmuel Valentin then hit into a double play to end the inning.
Double play count: Ceciliani hit into two double plays -- one in the third and one in the fifth. That brings the Bisons total to 147 double plays they've hit hit into this season, the most in affiliated baseball.
Diamond gets the win: Scott Diamond (9-13) gave up one run on six hits in six innings to earn the win, his first in his last three starts.
Birthday hits: Jio Mier had a pair of hits Friday, his 26th birthday.
Records: The Bisons, already eliminated from the playoffs, improved to 65-69. The Iron Pigs fell to 78-55 and are looking to hold off Rochester for the International League Wild Card spot.
Counting the house: There were 14,216 at Coca-Cola Field Friday night.
Up next: The series continues at 6:05 p.m. Saturday with righty Chris Leroux (8-10, 4.28) scheduled to start for the Herd against lefty Anthony Vasquez (3-0, 2.86). The teams play again on Sunday (1:05 p.m.) and Monday (7:05 p.m.).