Buffalo Bisons @ Scranton/ WB Rail Riders (Win 6-5)
A battle with a late rally spelled victory for the Bisons on Thursday. Casey Lawrence got the ball and had a rough outing. Lawrence got bounced around during his 4.2 innings on his way to allowing five earned runs. The runs came on six hits and four walks.
The biggest blow was on a Gary Sanchez solo homer in the 3rd inning. After Lawrence exited in the 4th, though, the bullpen locked it down. Chad Jenkins got his turn first and only allowed one hit through 2.1 innings. David Aardsma got an inning of work in and allowed two walks but was able to walk way unscathed.
Ryan Tepera came on in the 9th and collected the save. A rough start to the game ended with a solid effort for the bullpen. The pen only allowed two hits and walked two batters in their 4.1 innings of cumulative work. This excellent showing kept the Herd in the game and opened the gate for the late charge.
Pitching Grade: B
A huge night from A.J. Jimenez led the way on offence for Buffalo. He hit a two-run homer in the third inning to open up the scoring and put the Bisons ahead at the time. The Bisons did not get anything else going until the 7th inning when a single and a walk led to a Jimenez RBI single. This was his 3rd RBI of the game batting in the 8th spot.
During the 8th inning, the Herd ran away with the lead. After recording one out in the inning, the Bisons recorded three straight singles. Jesus Montero‘s single scored the first run of the inning. A ground out by Matt Dominguez scored another run to tie the game at 5. A.J Jimenez then walked in the go-ahead run with the bases loaded. Jimenez’s huge night helped anchor a steady late charge by the Bisons.
Offensive Grade: B
Line of the game – A.J. Jimenez 2-3 with a home run and 4 RBI
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