The Buffalo Bisons knew they were facing a Triple-A ace. Indianapolis Indians starter Tyler Glasnow entered the game with an 8-0 record and a 1.57 earned run average.
The Herd scored one run off him.
It wasn't enough, but it was a start.
The Bisons scored twice in the seventh with Michael Saunders adding a solo home run in the eighth for a 4-1 win at Coca-Cola Field Thursday afternoon.
"That's a really good pitcher we faced," Bisons' manager Bobby Meacham said of Glasnow. "We battled and got one early with the base running. He was really good and we got about all we could off him. He changed speeds well. He was pitching in and out. He was throwing 97-98. That's as tough as we're going to see. That's a real good arm. We're just lucky our arms kept it close enough to get the win."
The winning runs: Indianapolis had tied the game in the top of the seventh, and the Herd responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning.Rowdy Tellez led off with a double then scored on a double by Dwight Smith Jr. Smith Jr. took third on a wild pitch and scored on Alex Monsalve's two-out single.
A strong finish: The Bisons have won 12 of 17 since July 30. The Herd had a hot start to the season, going 31-23 before a 12-37 slide in the next 49 games.
Moving around: Jon Berti gave the Bisons a 1-0 lead in the first, a lead that held up for six innings. Berti drew a lead-off walk, stole second, then stole third. He scored on a ground out by Teoscar Hernandez.
Oh, those stolen bases: The Bisons have now posted 126 stolen bases with five players having 10 or more swipes. Berti's two in the first inning gave him 20, second-most on the team.
Tie game: Indianapolis tied the game, 1-1, in the seventh when Erich Weiss led off with a triple to right-center field. He scored on a sacrifice to center by Gift Ngoepe, as the throw from Roemon Fields was off line.
Hot hitter: Michael Saunders extended his hit streak to 13 games with a single in the fourth. He then homered in the eighth to solidify the Bisons lead. Saunders is hitting .372 during his streak with eight multi-hit games.
Scoreless relief: Carlos Ramirez has been impressive out of the bullpen both in Double-A New Hampshire and with the Bisons. Over the two levels he has pitched 31 1/3 innings without an earned run. Ramirez pitched two scoreless innings Thursday, giving up two hits.
More on the arms: Starter Joe Biagini pitched four scoreless innings. Josh Stilson gave up the run in the seventh, but picked up the win to improve to 2-4. Leonel Campos recorded his seventh save by pitching a scoreless 1 2/3 innings to close out the game.
Coming to town: Arguably one of the best prospects in baseball will be in Coca-Cola Field this weekend as Ronald Acuna continues his meteoric rise with the Gwinnett Braves. The 19-year-old from Venezuela jumped three levels this season, starting the year in the High-A Florida State League then playing for Double-A Mississippi in the Southern League. He's now hitting leadoff for the G-Braves, batting .341 in his first 33 Triple-A games. He has already driven in 20 runs in those 33 games with 11 doubles, two triples and seven home runs.
Attendance: The official paid attendance at Coca-Cola Field was 10,355.
Up next: The Bisons host Gwinnett for three games, beginning at 7:05 p.m. Friday with lefty T.J. House scheduled to start for Buffalo against righty Kris Medlen.