(Trenton, NJ) – Sometimes a team needs to win a rough and tumble game and that’s exactly what the Buffalo Bisons did against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Friday night at Trenton Thunder Ballpark. Despite the visitors leading early 1-0 and 3-1, the Herd never relented and eventually rallied to
(Trenton, NJ) – Sometimes a team needs to win a rough and tumble game and that’s exactly what the Buffalo Bisons did against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Friday night at Trenton Thunder Ballpark. Despite the visitors leading early 1-0 and 3-1, the Herd never relented and eventually rallied to entrust the bullpen with a one-run lead. And for the third time in four games, the relievers kept the IronPigs off the scoreboard as Buffalo won the series with a 4-3 win in front of a crowd of 3,712.
With Charlie Tilson aboard and one out in the top of the first, Bisons starter Zach Logue surrendered a double to Dalton Guthrie and a sacrifice fly to Mickey Moniak which made it 1-0. In the bottom of the inning, the Bisons answered back against David Parkinson, getting a leadoff double from Breyvic Valera and a bunt single from Kevin Smith. With one out, Christian Colon cracked a double to tie the score, but Parkinson stranded two runners in scoring position with back-to-back strikeouts to keep the game tied.
Later in the fourth, the IronPigs retook the lead when Darick Hall was plunked to start the inning. A Jake Elmore double put runners at second and third, and RBIs from Ruben Tejada and Austin Listi pushed the lead back to 3-1. The Bisons had the immediate answer in the home half, retying the score on Smith’s two-out triple that plated two when he guided a line drive past the diving Tilson in left field.
During Parkinson’s (0-6) final inning in the fifth, he was greeted by Colon’s 10th home run and a double from Riley Adams that knocked him out of the ballgame. With a 4-3 lead, the Bisons didn’t need to score for the rest of the night as Valera, Smith, and Colon combined on 8 of the 11 hits.
Connor Overton’s two-and-a-third scoreless innings behind Logue (2-1) set the tone as Curtis Taylor entered looking to get the last two outs in the top of the eighth. Moniak, who had led off with a single, advanced to third on a passed ball and a wild pitch but was unable to score when Taylor got Tejada to ground out to retire the side. In the ninth, Hobie Harris struck out two for his second 1-2-3 save of the series and his sixth of the season.
The Bisons and IronPigs pick things up at Trenton Thunder Ballpark on Saturday, July 17 at 6:30 PM with a Postgame Fireworks show presented by Case’s Pork Roll. To purchase tickets, call (609)-394-3300, Opt 4 or visit trentonthunder.com.
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The Trenton Thunder have drawn over 10 million fans over 28 years and have won the three major awards that Minor League Baseball teams can win; the Johnson Trophy for the "Nation's Best Franchise" (2005), the Larry MacPhail Trophy for Outstanding Club Promotion (2003) and the Bob Frietas Award for Long-Term Success (1998, given by Baseball America). The team has given back over $7.5 million worth of goods, services, and monetary donations through Trenton Thunder Charities, under the Grand Slam We Care Foundation umbrella. The Thunder can be found online at trentonthunder.com, facebook.com/trentonthunder, twitter.com/trentonthunder, and on youtube.com/AATrentonThunder.