Buffalo 11, Charlotte 5 (AGGREGATE): Bisons Take Two

Just two days after dropping both games of a doubleheader, the Buffalo Bisons flipped the script against the Charlotte Knights.

Buffalo won both games, the first 7-3 and the second 4-2. Both games played were shortened to seven innings.

Though Buffalo’s offense did damage in the first game, it was the Knights own mishaps that would seal a Bisons’ victory.

The Knights hand delivered a big first inning to the Bisons dugout. Charlotte starter Scott Carroll walked the leadoff man, and decided not to stop there. Again, he walked a batter. And again he walked a batter. And one more time, just for good measure, he (yes, I’m sure you could guess it by now) walked a batter—this time pushing a run across. The bases remained loaded from the walks, a perfect storm for the Bisons’ first hit of the game off the bat of catcher Josh Thole. Thole doubled to the power alley and emptied the bases. The big first inning gave Buffalo a 4-0 lead to open the game.

Again the Bisons tacked onto their lead in the second. And again it was the product of a Charlotte blunder. Buffalo’s Andy Burns reached base on a single. When he stole second base the catcher’s throw sailed into center field. Burns advanced to third on that throwing error, then took home on yet another throwing error that landed out of play and in the stands. The miscue handed Buffalo a 5-0 lead.

The Knights built a slight counter in their half of the fourth inning. Three straight Charlotte singles plated two runs, bringing the score 5-2.

However it would not stay that for long as the Bisons put two more of their own runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Matt Hauge led off the inning with a double and would eventually score, along with Daric Barton crossing the other.

Charolette plated a run in the last inning, though it was not nearly enough to overcome Buffalo’s offense and its own mishaps on the day. Buffalo earned the victory 7-3 in game one.

The Bisons took a similar path in their second game of the day getting on the board early. Three Buffalo hits plated two runs to give the Bisons an early 2-0 lead. Hauge again showed off his hot bat, with a double and RBI.

Buffalo doubled that two-run lead in the third inning. Hauge scored another run after he reached on a single. Luke Scott also got in on the action, scoring a run when he was driven in on a Brad Glenn double.

The Knights couldn’t find much offense on the day. Their only runs came in the seventh off a home run. It was a nice effort to cut the Buffalo lead in half, but it wouldn’t be enough.

Though the Knights couldn’t create any excitement in the park, the Bisons management could. A dispute between the home plate umpire and Buffalo manager Gary Allenson broke out in between the fifth and sixth inning. The umpire threw Hauge out of the game after arguing balls and strikes on his at bat in which he struck out. Allenson didn’t agree with the decision, apparently. He was tossed out of the game for defending his player and got his money’s worth in the process.

Luckily the Bisons wouldn’t miss a beat without their manager, finishing out the game for a 4-2 victory. The win was their second on the day, coming two days after their double-header where they dropped both games.

Mascot Race

The mascots decided to take a longer route in today’s race, though the outcome wasn’t much different than the past three days. Yes, for the fourth straight race Chicken Wing won and retained the belt. Celery had a lead for much of the race, but pulled up with an apparent stomachache near the finish line. Chicken Wing now has 13 wins on the season.