PAWTUCKET, R.I. (From Bisons.com)- The Bisons came from behind three times on Friday night in Pawtucket and the third rally was definitely the charm.
Buffalo sent 10 men to the plate in a five-run eighth inning to complete a 7-3 victory over the PawSox from McCoy Stadium. The victory helped the Herd regain first place in the International League North division after its lone day of the season out of the top spot.
The Bisons trailed 1-0 and 2-1 before a Garin Cecchini home run in the bottom of the seventh gave Pawtucket their third lead on the night, 3-2.
But Buffalo got the bats going in the eighth as Steve Tolleson led off the frame with an infield single and Jared Goedert followed with a soft blooper that landed just inside the left field foul line. After Dan Johnson drew a four-pitch walk to reach base for his fourth of five times on the night, Kevin Pillar smashed a hard grounder through the right side to tie the game.
Two batters later, the Bisons took their first lead of the game. Ricardo Nanita chopped a comebacker that glanced off the glove of PawSox reliever, Jose Valdez. The ball skipped passed shortstop Heiker Meneses and into left field to allow Goedert and Johnson to score.
Erik Kratz's sacrifice fly give Buffalo a 6-3 lead and Chris Getz singled home Nanita with the sixth hit in the inning.
Bobby Korecky earned the win as the veteran got the final eight outs of the ball game. He struck out the side in the eighth inning and improved to 3-0 on the season.
Not earning a decision but equally impressive on the night was Bisons starter Liam Hendriks. The Australian entered the game as one of only three International League qualifying pitchers who had yet to give up a run. And while the righty gave up three runs (two earned) in this outing, he was a strike-throwing machine. Hendriks threw 68 strikes to only 19 balls, picking up eight strikeouts to no walks in the quality start.
Prior to the game, Anthony Gose rejoined the Bisons after his one-game stint with the Blue Jays. Catcher Jack Murphy was transferred to Double-A New Hampshire to make room on the roster…Dan Johnson reached base five times in the game, going 2-2 with two walks and a hit by pitch…The Bisons five-run eighth inning was the third time the club had batted around in the first 13 games of the season.