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Quick Hits: Bisons top Lehigh Valley, 1-0, for longest winning streak of season

For the first time since a 7-5 win against Pawtucket on May 19, the Bisons played extra innings at home. Buffalo had only played five total extra-inning games before Sunday, and that 13-inning win against the Red Sox almost three months ago was its only victory.

With Mike Ohlman's walk-off RBI single to left that drove in Teoscar Hernandez from second in the bottom of the 10th, the Bisons added another. The win capped off a three-game sweep of second-place Lehigh Valley, and the Bisons now own their longest winning streak of the season at five games.

Brett's best: For only the second time in 18 starts this season, Brett Oberholtzer didn't allow a run. The only other time he kept a clean sheet, his first start of the season on April 11 against Rochester, Oberholtzer tossed just four innings. On Sunday afternoon, the southpaw pitched six shutout innings, surrendering five hits, three walks and striking out four in his best start of the season. Oberholtzer's earned run average dipped from 4.48 to 4.22 after his outing. He didn't factor in the decision.

Rowdy rolls: Cleanup hitter Rowdy Tellez looped an eighth-inning single into right, giving him a hit in each of Buffalo's six games this month. Tellez is only hitting .210, but he's raised his average 11 points since this mini-streak began on Aug. 1 with a 2-for-4 night at Scranton. Over the six-game span, Tellez has driven in four runs and scored three himself.

Right place, right time: With Lehigh Valley's Scott Kingery on third and one out in a scoreless game, J.P. Crawford had a chance to finally put the visitors ahead in the top of the seventh. Crawford lined the 3-1 offering down the first-base line, but it went right at first baseman Shane Opitz. Kingery took off on contact, allowing Opitz to gather himself after making the catch and calmly throw across the diamond to double off Kingery and allow Buffalo to escape unscathed.

Gregorio's glove: The IronPigs threatened again in the eighth, but Gregorio Petit's slick fielding rescued the Bisons this time. Andrew Pullin grounded to the left of second baseman Jon Berti with one out and runners on first and second. Berti fielded cleanly, but his throw drifted slightly wide of Petit covering second. The shortstop stretched for the ball while keeping his foot on the bag, before firing to first off balance and in time to complete the inning-ending double play.

Streak buster: Roemon Fields came into Sunday's game having stolen a base in each of his last seven games. According to Bisons PR Director Brad Bisbing, that is believed to be the modern-day Bisons record for most consecutive games with a steal. Over that span, he didn't get caught stealing. After Fields walked to lead off the bottom of the ninth, Berti moved him to second on a sacrifice bunt. Fields then tried to steal third and reached the bag in time, but his headfirst slide took him past third base and he was tagged out in foul ground. Fields' streak ended at seven games, and he still sits eight steals shy of breaking Tony Womack's single-season Bisons record with 28 games to play.

Attendance: 8,991 spectators watched the Bisons extend their winning streak to five.

Up next: The Bisons travel to Indianapolis for a 7:05 first pitch Monday night. Buffalo's starter is TBD and the Indians will throw righty Clay Holmes (4-4, 3.67 ERA).

 

 

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