(bisons.com)-The past two games the Herd have had trouble holding leads, but it was a different story on Saturday.
The Bisons doubled up the RailRiders 6-3 at PNC Park by generating some much needed offense late in the game.
A four-run frame in the eighth turned out to be Saturday night's difference maker for the Bisons. Four hits with a total of three doubles were the key in the inning in which all nine Bisons stepped into the batters box.
The game-changing inning started when Cory Aldridge scored off an Erik Kratz double to the center. A.J. Jimenez plated Dan Johnson from third off a sac-fly to right. Andy LaRoche followed up Jimenez's RBI with a double to the gap in right to round Kratz from second. Jonathan Diaz's double to the right center gap plated LaRoche to double up the RailRiders on the scoreboard and cap off the run pouring inning.
Buffalo struck first in the game in the fifth after four scoreless innings. The Bisons went up 2-0 thanks to an RBI from Diaz and Ryan Goins. The Herd loaded the bases off a Jimenez walk followed by a Ryan Schimpf and LaRoche single to bring Diaz to the plate. Diaz's sacrifice fly to left plated LaRoche from third. With men at second and third, Goins single to right was just hard enough for Schimpf to score with a close play at the plate.
After Scranton cut their deficit in half with a John Ryan Murphy home run to left in the bottom half of the fifth, they went on top with a two-run sixth. The RailRiders followed a Zoilo Almonte homer by loading the bases with a double and two walks. Kyle Roller crossed the plate after an Aaron Sanchez wild pitch to take the once 3-2 lead.
It was an ultimate pitching duel to start off Saturday night's contest. Both teams' pitchers kept the game scoreless entering the fifth. Both hitting clubs had just two hits a piece after four innings of play.
Sanchez looked powerful in his outing. The Blue Jay's number one prospect clocked in the uppr-90s range on the gun. He even showed some stellar movement with his curveball in the second when he struck out the side. Sanchez departed after 6 for Kyle Drabek. He allowed three runs off seven hits, struck out four along with a wild pitch.
The Herd will start some Thruway Cup action tomorrow as they take on the Rochester Red Wings in a Sunday doubleheader at Frontier Field with first pitch at 4:05pm. Deck Mcguire will be on the mound facing Kris Johnson.