Pawtucket ends four-hour game with 12th-inning win
BUFFALO, NY (From Bisons.com) -A 12th-inning error helped the PawSox score two unearned runs for a 7-5 victory over the Bisons on Sunday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field. The victory gave Pawtucket a four-game series split with the Herd and dropped Buffalo to 6-3 on the season.
With the score knotted at five, PawSox designated hitter Dan Butler started the 12th inning with a walk against Herd reliever Chad Jenkins. Garin Cecchini then hit a deep fly ball to the left field corner that glanced off the glove of Brett Carroll. A sacrifice fly from Christian Vazquez and a two-out RBI-double from Heiker Meneses gave Pawtucket the runs they would need for victory.
The Bisons forced extra innings in the bottom of the ninth without the benefit of a base hit. Jack Murphy, Munenori Kawasaki and Anthony Gose all drew walks off PawSox reliever Brayan Villarreal. Steve Tolleson then plated pinch runner Matt Tuiasosopo scored on a ground ball that was kept on the infield by a driving stop by first baseman Ryan Lavarnway.
The clubs traded leads earlier in the game. Brock Holt drove home former Bison Mike McCoy in the third inning but the Herd responded with a three-run home run from Dan Johnson in the bottom of the inning. McCoy struck back with a bases-clearing double in the fourth to give his new team a 4-3 lead. Buffalo tied the game in the bottom half of the frame when PawSox starter Allen Webster threw away Kawasaki's sacrifice bunt with two runners on base.
Sean Nolin started for the Bisons and retired the first seven batters he faced, including an extremely rare feat in the first inning. The caught Holt, Alex Hassan and Bryce Brentz all looking at called third strikes.
Nolin struck out seven overall in five innings of work.