BUFFALO- The Bisons dropped a matchup with Rochester on Thursday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field, 5-4, after a late score from the Red Wings' ByungHo Park.
Park's game-winner came with the game knotted up at four runs in the top of the final inning. After Zack Granite and Matt Hague were on base after a single and a walk respectively, Park sent a fly ball to right field and brought home Granite for the victory.
Rochester brought in a trio of runs earlier in the fourth inning. Niko Goodrum gave the Red Wings their opening score with a line drive single to center field bringing Mitch Garver home from second base. Leonardo Reginatto then stepped up to the plate and hit a grounder to left field for a double, plating Goodrum and Park.
Garver added another run to the Red Wings' cause in the seventh inning with Matt Hague on base after a double to left field. He then brought in his sixteenth double of the season on the ensuing at bat to score Hague, giving the Red Wings a 4-3 lead.
Gregorio Petit gave the Herd their opening score of the afternoon. On a full count against Rochester's Chris Heston in the fourth inning after a Raffy Lopez walk, Petit smashed a ball towards left field for his second home run of the season, trimming Buffalo's deficit to 3-2.
Shane Opitz put the Bisons in scoring position later in the inning when he tripled on a line drive to right field. On a single at bat later, Jake Elmore drove a pitch to right field to reach first and score Opitz, tying the game up at three runs apiece.
The Herd had a chance to win the game after knotting things up at four runs each with a Jon Berti single to score Petit from second base.
Brett Oberholtzer started from the mound for the Bisons.The southpaw allowed three runs ans seven hits in 5.2 innings of work before retiring for the day. Matt Dermody pitched an inning in relief, holding the Red Wings scoreless in that time with a strikeout. Chris Rowley (L, 0-1) closed the game, allowing two runs and five hits.
Buffalo returns to action on Friday for a 7:05 p.m. matchup with Syracuse. Lefty T.J. House (6-6, 3.99 ERA) will start for the Herd and A.J. Cole (3-2, 5.75 ERA) will be on the mound for the Chiefs.
BISONS NOTES: Jason Leblebijian was elected as the starting third basemen for the Triple-A All-Star game...Gregorio Petit had a big day for Buffalo, going 2-3 with a pair of RBIs on the afternoon...After not claiming a hit, Rowdy Tellez's six-game hitting streak was snapped.