Cavan Biggio sent a double into right field in the bottom of the ninth inning and came around to score on a passed ball to complete Buffalo’s 7-6 comeback over Louisville on Friday.
Biggio had reached third on a botched pickoff attempt moments before the passed ball.
Anthony Bass’ pitch went off catcher Juan Graterol’s mitt, and the latter made no effort to retrieve it, allowing Biggio to jog home to a chorus of cheers from the crowd at Sahlen Field.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Bisons (15-22). Louisville dropped to 17-24 and has lost two in a row.
The Bats got off to a 3-0 lead after a dismal second inning performance by the Bisons.
Starter Sean Reid-Foley walked Phillip Ervin and Scott Schebler to open the inning.
Ervin scored on a fielder’s choice, and after Luis Gonzalez reached on a fielding error and another walk by Reid-Foley, the bases were loaded.
Nick Longhi scored after Reid-Foley hit Blake Trahan. The Bats got another run after Narcisco Crook grounded into a force out.
An early hole has been the case for many of the Bisons’ losses this season, but, this time, the team began to battle back.
Patrick Cantwell scored on a bunt single from Biggio to third baseman Christian Colon, and the Bisons were on the board.
Louisville answered back in the top of the fourth on a few scattered hits to take a 5-1 lead.
Buffalo got three more runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 5-4.
The next three innings became a pitchers’ duel.
Buffalo’s best chance to do damage in that time was in the bottom of the fifth, when the Herd got two men on with no outs.
Instead, Alen Hanson popped out and Jordan Patterson grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Louisville added an insurance run in the top of the eighth to make it 6-4.
Buffalo did not give up, though. Patterson drew a walk on a full count to get on base, and Teoscar Hernandez, demoted to the Bisons from Toronto on Thursday, belted a home run to center field to tie the game at six runs each.
Tayler Saucedo was given the nod to keep the Bats from scoring.
He did just that; Blake Trahan grounded out on the first pitch sent his way. Saucedo walked Crook on a full count, but Colon grounded into a double play to end the inning.
The two teams will meet again at 1:05 p.m. Saturday at Sahlen Field to continue the three-game series.
The Bisons will celebrate Thank a Vet day at the ballpark, where a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to a Veterans’ cause.