Buffalo 4, Lehigh Valley 5: Hassan's Return Can't Carry Bisons

The Buffalo Bisons activated Alex Hassan from the disabled list for tonight's game against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Though he put in a valiant performance, it would not be enough for a Buffalo victory as the Bisons fell 5-4. 

Lehigh Valley struck first and struck quickly. The Iron Pigs scored a runner from second on a single to center field. However, the 1-0 lead wouldn’t hold long. In the second Buffalo Hassan, fresh off the disabled list, knocked in a run to tie the game at one. Again in the fourth Hassan drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. His return to the lineup was more than welcome, knocking in all four of the Bisons run on the day.

Unfortunately, Lehigh Valley responded in the seventh. Designated hitter Russ Canzler led off the inning with a home run to left field. The run knotted the game at two.

In the eighth the Iron Pigs again threatened yet again. A base knock to center would have scored the runner from second base—if it weren’t for an impeccable throw from center fielder Jonathon Diaz. The throw had the runner beat by at least two steps. Again, with a runner on second, the Iron Pigs knocked a ball to center field. Unfortunately for Buffalo, Diaz couldn’t make another miraculous throw, coming up short and allowing the leading run to score. The Lehigh Valley lead was extended to 3-2.

But Buffalo had the answer, at least temporarily. In the bottom of the eighth Hassan knocked in two more runs on a double to left center field. The hit gave the Bisons a 4-3 lead. 

However, the lead would not last long at all. Buffalo allowed a runner to reach in the ninth on a pop fly to right field that was lost in the lights by Andy Burns. A home run then plated two runs, giving the Iron Pigs their 5-4 lead. The Bisons had no answer in the bottom of the ninth. 

These two teams meet again tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. for the second of a three game set.

Mascot Race

Though Celery was being celebrated with a brand new t-shirt tonight, a victory remained out of his reach. Celery remained close to the lead near the end, when Chicken Wing got physical (as he so often does). Chicken Wing pushed down the competition and strolled to the finish line in his usual cocky fashion.