The Buffalo Bisons have been looking for someone to get the big hit.
Mike Ohlman finally got it.
The catcher belted a two-run home run to left centerfield in the seventh Wednesday night, to kick-start a six-run inning and an 8-3 win for the Herd over the Durham Bulls at Coca-Cola Field.
Trailing, 4-2, in the seventh, Jason Leblebijian led off with a single setting up Ohlman, who drilled the 2-1 pitch to the base of the outfield flag poles.
Ohlman hit his 12th home run of the season off Durham starter Ryan Yarbrough, who took his first loss in his last seven starts.
"He had a pretty good change-up going today that was pretty effective," Ohlman said. "But I had a good approach just trying to go the other way and he left a pitch over the plate that I could handle. I just put a good swing on it. Wasn't trying to do too much, really. That's when the homers come and that's when good things happen."
Seventh Heaven: After Ohlman's two-run shot gave the Herd the lead, the Bisons manufactured another. Roemon Fields reached base on a fielder's choice. He stole second and went to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Fields then scored when Dwight Smith Jr.'s infield single could not be cleanly fielded.
Refsnyder singled and Smith Jr. beat the throw home as the Herd grew its lead to 6-3. Then came a two-run double from Rowdy Tellez.
"It was contagious," Ohlman said. "When the ball started rolling, it just kept going so it was a lot of fun to watch and be part of."
Be aggressive: What was the difference for the Herd's offense in that seventh inning? An aggressive approach at the plate.
"I just saw guys who were ready to swing," Bisons manager Bobby Meacham said. "Sometimes you swing at a ball because you think it's going to be right in the strike zone, that's OK. I think when you get up there and you're afraid to swing at a bad pitch, that's not the way to go. We need to be aggressive just like we were in that inning. I think it pays off in the long run."
Offensive outburst: The six-run inning for the Herd was the most in one inning at home since a 6-2 win over Syracuse on July 3. The eight runs are the most the Herd has scored at Coca-Cola Field since a 10-5 win June 4 over Charlotte.
Building a lead: The first run came in the second. Rob Refsnyder drew a lead-off walk then took advantage of a Durham throwing error. Rowdy Tellez hit a grounder to the Bulls' first baseman, Jake Bauers, who tried to get the force at second. But Bauers' throw went into center field. Refsnyder was safe at third and Tellez took second.
Refsnyder then beat the throw home on a sacrifice to center by Jason Leblebijian.
In the third, back-to-back doubles from Jon Berti and Dwight Smith Jr. made it a 2-0 lead.
Durham ties it: The Bulls cut the lead to 2-1 in the fourth when a double from Mike Marjama got caught up in the left field corner, allowing Johnny Field to score from first. Then Mike McKenry doubled off the centerfield wall to tie the game.
Then takes the lead: With one out and runners on first and second, Kean Wong singled up the middle as the Bulls took a 3-2 lead.
Johnny Hustle: Jon Berti had two hits on Wednesday, giving him multi-hit performances in four of his last six games. He was caught stealing in the sixth, narrowly missing beating out the tag. It was the first time he's been caught in his 14 stolen base attempts this season.
Not-so-friendly confines: After starting the season 24-10 at Coca-Cola Field, the Herd has dropped 17 of 20 at their home field. The win did bring the Bisons back to .500 (27-27) at home.
Attendance: The announced attendance at Coca-Cola Field was 8,349.
Up next: The series concludes at 1:05 p.m. Thursday with righty Chris Rowley scheduled to start for the Bisons while Durham will start lefty Michael Roth. The Bisons then host the Louisville Bats for three games on Friday (7:05 p.m.), Saturday (7:05 p.m.) and Sunday (1:05 p.m.)