Ryan Lavarnway and Craig Breslow once formed the first All-Yale battery in the big leagues since the 19th century when both were with the Boston Red Sox in 2012. Sunday afternoon, they were on opposite sides in a key situation.
Lavarnway's double in the top of the seventh started the Indianapolis Indians' rally that brought a 2-0 victory over Breslow and the Buffalo Bisons at Victory Field in Indianapolis.
Buffalo had won the opener, 2-1, behind the pitching of Zach Stewart, Roberto Osuna and Justin Shafer when Tim Lopes doubled home Darnell Sweeney in the sixth inning. Sweeney had walked with two out. .... Osuna, on a rehab assignment from Toronto, pitched out of trouble in the sixth inning and Shafer pitched a 1-2-3 seventh for his ninth save of the season.
Points of interest: After Lavarnway doubled against veteran lefty Breslow (0-1) to start the seventh, Jason Martin walked, Pablo Reyes, Erich Weiss and Kevin Newman singled. Jesus Loranzo (2-1) put the Bisons down in order in the bottom of the seventh to earn the win. Buffalo was the home team for the makeup of a game that was postponed from April 15. ... Until the seventh, each side had managed only one hit. ... Buffalo's came on a two-out single in the fourth by Billy McKinney, who made his Bisons debut Saturday night after coming from the Yankees in the trade for pitcher J.A. Happ.
Noteworthy: Matt Tracy made his fifth start for the Bisons in the opener and lowered his earned-run average to 2.20. He still has no decision on his record, however. In his last two starts for the Herd, Tracy has allowed just four hits and two earned runs in 11.2 innings with six walks and nine strikeouts. ... The Bisons' win in the opener snapped the Indians' five-game win streak.
Next: After playing nine games in six days on the road, the Bisons return to Coca-Cola Field for a four-game set with Mitch Walding and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, who are in first place in the International League North Division. Walding hit three home runs and drove in 10 runs for the IronPigs on Saturday in a doubleheader sweep of Columbus at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa., ... Thomas Pannone (0-2, 5.33) is the scheduled starter for Buffalo against Tom Eshelman (1-9, 5.97) tonight (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.)