Buffalo 7, Pawtucket 8: Bisons Blow Big Lead

It seemed that the Buffalo Bisons had won the game and won the series, needing only one more out to close. But Pawtucket had other plans, scoring five runs in the top of the ninth inning, including a three run home run with two outs. Pawtucket defeated Buffalo 8-7 in game two of the series.

Buffalo’s starter Phillippe Aumont opened the game with insane consistency. He walked the first three batters to come to the plate, loading the bases. He then decided to switch it up, striking out Allen Craig—who has seen a good chunk of big league time with the Boston Red Sox. The Paw Sox next batter flew out to left field, though it was deep enough to score the runner tagging from third base. One more strikeout from Aumont would end the inning and any remaining threat.

Buffalo’s Melky Mesa nearly put the Bisons ahead 2-1 with one swing of the bat. With a runner on first he blasted one to deep center, only to have the ball drop and one hop over the wall for a ground rule double. The hit placed Bisons’ runners on second and third base. That placement allowed for a sacrifice fly to left field that scored the runner from third. Buffalo plated another run on a line drive to left field from Josh Thole. The inning, however, would end as Thole got caught in a pickle between first and second base. The Bisons led 2-1 following the fourth inning.

The Bisons tacked on again in the bottom of the fifth. With bases loaded and no one out a ground ball scored two when the Paw Sox couldn’t turn two, instead launching a throw over the first basemen’s head. Another hit in the left center alley scored a runner from first base, making the Bisons lead 5-1.

In the seventh the Bisons again loaded the bases yet again. Buffalo’s Alex Hassan grounded into a double play, but scored a run. The Herd’s lead was extended to 6-1 heading to the eighth.

The Paw Sox responded with a two runs of their own in the eighth inning. They took advantage of a rare error on shortstop Jonathon Diaz to put two more runners on and the tying run at the plate, but could not further convert. The score remained 6-3.

In the ninth Pawtucket tried to gain steam, and ran into much of it. With two outs they put a home run over the left field wall to make it a 6-4 game. The next batter singled to left field, continuing the rally. Craig then walked to put runners on first and second for the Paw Sox. His walk allowed him to avoid the Golden Sombrero (four strikeouts in a game). The next batter put a line drive into left field scoring a run and leaving runners on first and third. In the most unfortunate turn of events, the next Pawtucket batter put a home run inside the right field foul pole. The untimely bomb put Pawtucket ahead 8-6.

The bottom of the ninth got testy. Matt Hauge was called out on a pitch far outside. Manager Gary Allenson and Hauge did not agree with the call, and rightfully so. They both were ejected from the game. New relief pitcher Joba Chamberlin also got in on the action. Though he put in more than his two cents, he did not get ejected.

As far as the game goes, Buffalo pushed a run across on a sacrifice fly to right field. The game ended in a bizarre way. Alex Hassan, on first base, was tagged out following a single when he rounded second base too far and couldn’t manage to get back.

The game ended at 8-7, giving Pawtucket the stolen win. The two teams play tomorrow in a rubber match at 1:05 p.m.

Mascot Race:

Bleu Cheese cruised to a victory, especially after the two Wings took each other out. Celery took a phone call mid race, and didn’t even finish.