The Buffalo Bisons escaped a late-game rally to avoid a sweep by Lousiville Thursday night, winning, 4-3, at Louisville Slugger Field, avoiding a sweep at the hands of the Bats.
The Bisons’ offense dominated the first two innings, scoring four runs.
Richard Urena, who got on base via a walk, scored the first run of the game in the top of the first for the Bisons. With two outs in the second, Darnell Sweeney stole second base to put him in scoring position. Jonathan Davis then doubled, bringing in Sweeney and Jason Leblebijian, who had singled earlier. Urena then hit a line drive single to bring in Davis to give the Bisons a 4-0 lead.
Louisville added its first run in the third inning when a line drive brought in Chadwick Tromp. They didn’t add the second until the sixth when a single by Blake Trahan brought in Brian O’Grady.
Louisville mounted a comeback in the ninth. It started with two straight doubles from Gabriel Guerrero and D.J. Peterson, which brought in Guerrero for its third run. At this point, they had just one out, but a ground out by Hernan Iribarren and a fly out by Taylor Sparks clinched the game for the Bisons.
Noteworthy: Nick Tepesch pitched seven innings to get the win on the mound, his first of the season and reliever Roberto Osuna, pitching on a rehab assignment from the Blue Jays, pitched the eighth inning. Justin Shafer pitched the ninth and picked up his eighth save. ... The Bisons had nine strikeouts Thursday, but they came from just four players. Anthony Alford accounted for four of those strikeouts, as he went 0 for 4 from the plate. Reese McGuire and Leblebijian each had two strikeouts and Roemon Fields had one.
Points of interest: Left-handed pitcher Tim Mayza was activated right before the game for the Bisons, and Gunnar Heidt was placed on the temporarily inactive list.
Next: The Bisons begin a five-game series with Indianapolis Friday, with a doubleheader Friday and Monday. The first game Friday begins at 6:05, with the second, a rescheduling of the April 17 matchup that was delayed due to inclement weather, beginning after. It will be Sean Reid-Foley for the Bisons and Tyler Eppler for the Indians on the mound in the first game and Murphy Smith for the Bisons and Alex McRae for Indians the second game.