Teoscar Hernandez wasn't trying to win the game. All he wanted to do was move the runner over. He did that. And then some.
An RBI single by Hernandez in the 10th inning gave the Buffalo Bisons a 5-4 win over the Indianapolis Indians at Coca-Cola Field Wednesday night.
The run lifted the Herd to the win after they let a 4-0 lead slip in the eighth and ninth innings.
With the score tied, 4-4, in the 10th, Rowdy Tellez led off with a single. Jon Berti came in to pinch run and promptly took second on a wild pitch – the first pitch Indy reliever Edgar Santana threw to Hernandez.
"My first thought was to bunt and then I didn't get the sign so I just tried to get a pitch to drive the ball to the outfield," Hernandez said. "I tried to move the runner over. Then when he threw the wild pitch, I changed my mind and I was just thinking to hit a ground ball to second base, to the right side, to move the runner to third."
It was the type of approach Bobby Meacham likes to see in his hitters.
"A lot of guys will try to slice a ball on the right side but he literally looked like he was trying to go up the middle of the field and that does the job at least," Meacham said. "It gets him over and might get him in, and it did. That's exactly the type of approach we need to have."
Hernandez finished with a three-hit night with one run scored.
The Indy rally: Trailing, 4-0, Indianapolis rallied in the late innings to send the game to an extra frame. In the eighth. they finally got to Bisons starter Brett Oberholtzer with two singles and a two-out walk to load the bases. Danny Ortiz had a two-run single which pulled the Indians within 4-2.
Indy tied the game in the ninth againsts reliever Chris Smith. Christopher Bostick led off with a single then scored on a one-out double by Jacob Stallings. Smith got Erich Weiss to pop up to short but a single by Kevin Newman allowed Stallings to score and tie the game.
Oberholtzer deals: It was a great outing for Oberholtzer, who gave up two runs on two hits in 7 2/3 innings with three walks and four strike outs. He has wins in three of his last five starts with two no-decisions.
Making an impression: It's been an impressive first week at Triple-A for catcher Danny Jansen. With an RBI double in the second, he has hit in all eight games since joining the Bisons. Playing at three levels, he has 32 extra-base hits this season. Jansen also played for Single-A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire. Jansen added another double in the fourth.
Jansen scored a run in the fourth, crossing the plate when Gregorio Petit hit into a double play with no outs.
Stolen base: Christian Lopes stole his 15th base of the season, swiping second in the third. It was the 122nd stolen base of the season for the Herd, keeping the team on pace for a 140 steals, the most since 1999.
But caught in a run-down: Lopes took third on a single from Michael Saunders then broke for home when Dwight Smith Jr. hit a ball hard to first. But Indianapolis first baseman Eric Wood threw home and Lopes was caught in a run-down.
One more steal: Roemon Fields stole his 37th base of the season in the seventh, bringing the Bison's total to 123. Fields came around to score on an RBI single from Saunders.
More runs in the seventh: Saunders scored on a ground-rule double by Tellez to give the Herd a 4-0 lead.
Hit streak: Saunders had a three-hit night to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. It was his seventh multi-hit game.
Tossed: Indianapolis right fielder Jordan Luplow was ejected from the game in the fourth for arguing a called third strike. Manager Andy Barkett had a prolonged discussion with home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak and was also tossed .
Unusual double play: In the seventh the Bisons got a unique double play. With one out and a runner on first, Eric Wood struck out swinging then was called for batter interference as he prevented Jansen from making a throw as Edwin Espinal attempted to take second. The base runner was called out and the inning was over.
Attendance: There were 11,285 in the stands at Coca-Cola Field Wednesday night.
Up next: The three-game series with Indianapolis ends Thursday afternoon with a 1:05 p.m. first pitch. Righty Joe Biagini is scheduled to start for Buffalo against righty Tyler Glasnow.
The homestand then continues with a three-games series against Gwinnett on Friday (7:05 p.m.), Saturday (6:05 p.m.), and Sunday (1:05 p.m.)