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Bats' Peterson homers twice in win over Bisons

D.J. Peterson drove in four runs with a pair of homers Wednesday night to lead the streaking Louisville Bats past the Buffalo Bisons, 6-2, at Louisville Slugger Field in Kentucky.

The victory was the ninth in a row for the Bats, their longest win streak since 2012.

Peterson, who played at the University of New Mexico and was waived by two major league teams last year before he was claimed by the Cincinnati Reds, hit a leadoff home run in the fourth to tie the game at 2-2. He connected with two runners on to cap a four-run Louisville rally in the fifth against Bisons starter Thomas Pannone. He also had a leadoff double in the second that did not figure in the scoring.

Points of interest: The Bisons are 0-3 against Louisville this season. ... The Herd were held to eight hits by three Bats pitchers. ... Buffalo scored single runs in the first and second innings. Dalton Pompey led off with a double in the first, moved to second on a single by Jonathan Davis and scored as Gio Urshela was hitting into a double play. Anthony Alford hit his fifth home run with one out in the second to give the Bisons a 2-0 lead. The Bisons had runners on base in every inning but the eighth after that, but did not score.

Noteworthy: Peterson’s two homers gave him 12 for the season. He was originally drafted by Seattle then waived last season. The Chicago White Sox acquired him on waivers, then cut him loose later in the 2017 season. ... Pannone (0-2), a 24-year-old left-hander, made his fourth start with the Bisons and still is looking for his first Triple-A win. His biggest problem has been the home-run ball. He’s allowed seven in 26.1 innings for the Herd. … Lefty Justin Nicolino (5-5) started for the Bats and went six innings, giving up seven of the nine Bisons hits and walking two. … The Bisons grounded into two double plays and had a runner (Alford) picked off base for the second game in a row. The Herd leads the International League with 100 stolen bases but also lead in caught-stealing (47).

Next: The Bisons and Bats will complete their season series tonight (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.). Buffalo has not named a starter while right-hander Jose Lopez (4-8, 4.72) is scheduled for Louisville. The Bisons move on to Indianapolis for five games over three days, starting with a doubleheader Friday night. The teams will make up two games postponed from April at Coca-Cola Field.

 

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