(bisons.com)-The Bisons kept to their winning ways on Friday night and they did so in walk off fashion.
Ryan Goin's RBI-single in the bottom of the 11th inning was the only run in the Herd's 1-0 victory over the Charlotte Knights at Coca-Cola Field. The win -Buffalo's first walk off victory of 2014, was the Bisons' fourth straight triumph and sixth in their last seven games.
Playing in just his second game with the Herd since being optioned by Toronto, Goins delivered the key hit in a contest that lacked a lot of offense from either side. Buffalo and Charlotte produced only a combined 10 hits in the first 10 innings of the game.
But with runners on second and third base and two outs in the bottom of the 11th, Goins hit a solid line drive against Charlotte's lefty Donnie Veal up the middle for the game-winning knock.
"I was just trying to come through. I was just trying to hit something hard to hopefully be a hit. Plays are going to become bigger and bigger as the game goes on," said Goins.
Making solid contact was tough for both teams on a chilly Friday night. Buffalo hadn't produced a hit since Goins' double to lead off the fifth inning. But Kevin Pillar led off the 11th with a chopper through the left side of the infield to extend his hit streak to 14 games. Dan Johnson then lined a single into right field to advance Pillar all the way to third, setting the stage for Goins.
The combination of great pitching and amazing defense by both teams kept the game scoreless over the first 10 innings. Herd starter Sean Nolin allowed just four hits over six innings of work, extending his personal scoreless streak to 19.2 innings. The lefty retired eight straight at one point, and finished with four strikeouts and no walks.
"He's pitched well the whole season, but for me that's the best he's looked out there," said manager Gary Allenson.
Behind Nolin, the Bisons' middle infielders made a pair of sparkling defensive gems. In the second inning, Goins threw out Charlotte's Dan Black at the plate as he tried to score on a Denis Phipps' double. Two innings later, Jonathan Diaz took a hit away from Matt Davidson with diving grab at second.
Davidson, the Knights' third baseman, did his part in the field to help his club. He took an RBI-double away from Diaz in the fifth that would've easily scored Goins from second base. In the sixth, Davidson snow-coned a line drive from Pillar.