Bisons walk off with seventh straight win

( - The winning ways continue for the Bisons at Coca-Cola Field.

A seventh straight notch in the win column came Wednesday night in walk-off fashion. Brett Wallace's ninth-inning bases-loaded single capped a 5-4 comeback win for the Bisons over the Indianapolis Indians.

In the game that had a little bit of everything, the Bisons trailed 4-0 before picking up their 19th victory in their last 27 games in front of the hometown faithful. The stretch has pulled the club to within 3.5 games in the race for the IL's lone wild card spot.

Wednesday's contest featured seven combined errors, including five from the three pitchers used by Indianapolis. While Buffalo had two themselves, diving players by Andy LaRoche and Darin Mastroianni helped keep Indy off the board after they built a 4-0 lead in the fourth.

The Bisons bullpen came through as well, as the trio of Sergio Santos, Kyle Drabek and Bobby Korecky retired nine of the 10 batters they faced.

That gave the Bisons offense time to work. Wallace got things starting in a big way with a massive two-run home run in the fourth that cut the deficit in half. After hitting 10 homers in 90 games with Norfolk to begin the season, Wallace's first Bisons homer traveled well above the 404 ft. sign in centerfield, hitting half-way up the batter's eye.

Two of the Indians' errors helped the Bisons score in the fifth. Jared Goedert reached on a miscue and then scored from second when Indy starter Nick Kingham threw a doubleplay ball into centerfield.

The Bisons tied the game two innings later thanks to Sean Ochinko. Playing in his first Triple-A game after missing 58 games with a concussion, the catcher homered to lead off the seventh. Ochinko, who was struck in the head with an errant throw during extended spring training drills in May, finished his first Bisons game since August 2013 with two hits in four at-bats.

That set the stage for the ninth. Jonathan Diaz extended his hit streak to nine games, leading off the frame with a soft liner into right. Darin Mastroianni bunted and was hit in the back by the throw from reliever Wilfrin Obispo. That allowed Diaz to reach all the way to third base. Three batters later and after an intentional walk to Kevin Pillar to load the bases, Wallace blasted his third hit of the game over the drawn-in outfield.

The Bisons will look for their eighth straight in just a matter of hours, hosting Indy for a 1:05 p.m. matinee start on Thursday.


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