(bisons.com)-Hit, after hit, after hit, after hit, after...hit.
The Bisons had a hit-parade in the third inning Sunday afternoon -- sending 12 batters to the plate and pushing across seven runs in the frame to open up a close game. The Bisons cruised from there to upend Lehigh Valley, 9-4, at Coca-Cola Field.
"We're just on a roll," Bisons' manager Gary Allenson said. "I don't know if it's just Lehigh, we play them good or we're just figuring out the bats and stuff. But it's nice to wave some guys around (third base)."
The Herd chased IronPigs' starter Jo-Jo Reyes after just two ⅔ innings. Johnathan Diaz led off the third with a base hit, that would be the first of eight hits in the frame and the first of five consecutive hits by the Herd. Five different Bisons drove in runs, while Diaz and Adron Chambers each had two hits in the inning.
"When you do that, you never feel like you're out of the game," Allenson said. "We're getting contributions from everybody...I can't remember all the hits, but we did a really good job of running the bases there."
The offense was needed after the Bisons fell behind 3-0 in the first inning. Bisons' starter Brad Mills got off to a rough start in his first Triple-A start with the club, giving up three runs on five hits (two doubles) in the first inning.
"I just needed to get comfortable," Mills said. "I really haven't pitched since July 1. I had a couple-inning stint in the bullpen up in Toronto, but I'm a starter and I haven't started a game since July 1. I was looking to get back in the groove of things."
Mills was able to settle in, tossing four scoreless innings and exiting the game after five innings of work. The left-hander allowed just two hits after the first.
"I was able to kind of get stronger as the game went on," Mills said.
Kyle Drabek and Ryan Tepera combined to pitch the final four innings and close out the game for the Bisons. The Herd's pitching staff was helped by four double plays.
The Bisons' top of the order (Chambers, Kevin Nolan, Kevin Pillar and Brad Glenn) was a combined 8-for-17 with five RBIs and six runs scored. Five Bisons had multi-hit games, with Chambers, Pillar, Glenn, Diaz and Nolan each registering two hits. The Herd finished 6-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
The Bisons, winners of six of their last seven games, are in the midst of a hot stretch at the plate. The Herd has hit .322 in its six wins over that stretch, racking up 10 hits or more in five of those six.
"Whenever we're winning, no matter if it's a 2-1 game or a 13-0 game," Chambers said. "We're having some success. With anything, success goes a long way and right now we have a nice little streak [winning] six of our last seven. We have a nice little run, hopefully we can keep it going."
The Bisons will look to keep it going and complete the sweep of the IronPigs on Monday, the final game of the four-game series between the two clubs. Radhames Liz (0-0, 5.79 ERA) will get the start for the Bisons and the IronPigs will counter with Sean O'Sullivan (4-8, 4.87 ERA).