(bisons.com)-The fourth inning was not kind to the Bisons on Monday night. And That's what made the difference.
Columbus put together a five-run fifth to defeat the Bisons, 8-4, at Huntington Park. The Bisons fell to 32-35 overall with the loss.
Bisons' right-hander Deck McGuire started his fifth game with the Bisons and was chased after three ⅓ innings, his shortest outing of the season. McGuiregave up six runs (five earned) on six hits, while walking three. McGuire loaded the bases in the fourth inning before Bisons' manager Gary Allenson brought in Raul Valdes from the bullpen.
Valdes couldn't get out of the jam, surrendering a two-run double, an RBI single and an RBI sacrifice fly. Valdes was charged with one run in the fourth and another in the sixth before Luis Ayala tossed two scoreless in the seventh and eighth.
Dan Johnson tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fourth with his league-leading 14th home run of the season. Johnson launched another home run in the fifth, his 15th of the season, this time it was a two-run blast to put a two run cushion between him and Mike Hessman for the IL home run lead.
Johnson has quietly been one of the most productive cleanup hitters in the IL. The power-hitting first baseman leads the league in both home runs and walks and is ranked among the top-five in six other statistical categories, including: RBIs, extra-base hits, doubles, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and on-base-plus-slugging percentage