The Bisons snapped a three-game skid on Sunday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field thanks to significant contributions from Jake Elmore and Raffy Lopez. The duo batted in four runs in the commanding 7-2 victory.
After the Herd got out to an early 1-0 advantage, Elmore sent a sharp grounder to right field in the opening frame and made it all the way to third base in the process. Dwight Smith Jr. was on first at the time and reached home plate for the second score of the afternoon. Elmore made noise again in the third after Smith Jr. drove in a double to right field. Working a 2-1 count, the left fielder had a soft fly ball work into his favor for an RBI single.
Video: Jake Elmore RBI Single
In regards to Elmore's recent string of success, Bisons manager Bobby Meacham stated after the game, "Since that last week before he started playing well…I just noticed he was a different guy trying to really help everyone on the team. Him taking a step back maybe shook him in the head a bit and we've seen great results since then."
Lopez built upon his strong performance the night before and picked up where Elmore left off. After Elmore's at bat in the third, Rowdy Tellez managed to get four straight pitches in his favor for a walk. Lopez then stepped up to the plate and grabbed his twelfth double of the year on a liner to right field to plate both Elmore and Tellez, giving the Herd a sizable 5-1 advantage.
Video: Jon Berti RBI Triple
Jon Berti and Smith Jr. also had big days for Buffalo in the dominating win. Sitting in the lead-off spot, Berti opened the game up with a line drive to center field for a triple, letting Smith Jr. clean up for the opening run with a single to left field. In the sixth inning the duo gave the Herd a pair of insurance runs after Shane Opitz and Roemon Fields each brought in a walk and a stolen bag. Berti then grounded to left to bring Opitz home and Fields sprinted home for the seventh score of the day after Smith Jr. walked on a wild pitch by Louisville's Ariel Hernandez.
Video: Roemon Fields scores on wild pitch
Louisville managed two runs on the afternoon in the second and seventh innings respectively. Getting the Bats on the board in the second frame was a sac fly to right field to score Alex Blandino. In the seventh, Darnell Sweeney drove in his eleventh double of the year to score Western New York native Jesse Winker.
Lucas Harrell had the start for the Herd and contributed three innings. In that time, he allowed a trio of hits and a run. Tim Mayza (W, 1-1) posted three clean innings afterwards to keep the Herd lead intact. Leonel Campos made an MLB rehab appearance and a run in an inning of work. Wil Browning closed the game out with two innings of scoreless relief.
The Herd will get a day of rest on Monday before they head out for a three-game road trip against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Southpaw Brett Oberholtzer (3-7, 4.48 ERA) is projected to start for Buffalo and Chance Adams (6-3, 2.39 ERA) will be on the mound for the RailRiders.
BISONS NOTES: The Herd showed off their speed today by capturing five stolen bases, four of which were in the sixth inning…Jake Elmore is batting at .400 in the last eight games with seven hits in this series with Louisville…Jon Berti now has hits in 11 of his last 14 games...Although the results have been the best this week, the Bisons showed off their aggressiveness in the batter's box, outhitting their opponents in six of the last seven games by a combined 30 hits…Bisons reliver John Stilson has been placed on the DL.
Video: Wing Race
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