Sunday's game seemed to be played with the enthusiasm you would expect from two teams way out of playoff contention on the last week of the regular season. Until the ninth inning that is.
The Bisons erased a one-run deficit in the ninth on a three-run home run from Jason Dubois to take a two- run lead. But Lehigh Valley answered in the bottom half on the inning as JJ Furmaniak's walk-off, two-run single gave the IronPigs the 5-4 victory Sunday night at Coca-Cola Park.
Buffalo entered the ninth down 2-1. Jesus Feliciano and Mike Lamb started the rally with singles. After Chip Ambres grounded into a fielder's choice, Dubois blasted the first pitch he saw from Steven Register over the left field fence.
The I-Pigs bounced right back as Jason Ellison ignited the rally with a one-out walk. Mike Cervenak followed with a single and Gus Milner picked up his third hit of the night with an RBI double that cut the Bisons lead to one. Adam Bostick, who started the inning, struck out David Newhan for the second out and looked as if the Bisons might escape with a win. But Furmaniak erased those thoughts with a line drive single to left on the first pitch he saw from Bostick, bringing the tying and winning runs to the plate.
Feliciano's three hits increased his lead in the IL hit chase. The outfielder now has 154 hits on the season, six more than Scranton/WB's Austin Jackson.
Lamb got the Bisons on the board first with a single up the third base line in the fourth inning that scored Andy Green from second.
Edgar Ramirez made his Triple-A debut for the Bisons. The reliever allowed one run on two hits in two innings of relief out of the bullpen.
Derrick Ellison made the spot start for the Herd on Sunday. Ellison, celebrating his 31st birthday, worked three scoreless innings, scattering five hits and striking out one.
The Bisons wrap up the 2009 season Monday afternoon in Allentown, Pa. against the I-Pigs. LHP Adam Pettyjohn gets the call for the Herd.-herd-
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