INDIANAPOLIS — The road has been good to the Buffalo Bisons this season. That explains why the Herd holds a share of first place in its division despite having only a .500 record at home.
That 9-9 mark at Coca-Cola Field is something the Herd will try to improve upon beginning tonight against Charlotte as they open an eight-game homestand (7:05, TWCSN, Radio 1520 AM).
Buffalo returns home off a 4-4 road trip that concluded with Friday night’s 2-1 loss to Indianapolis before 10,147 at Victory Field. The loss dropped the Bisons to 15-7 on the road – the top mark in the International League.
Indy starter Brandon Cumpton and two relievers held the league’s top-hitting team to just three hits. Cumpton gave up two hits and one unearned run, while striking out seven and walking four in six innings.
Luis Jimenez gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead in the second, leading off the inning with a walk and eventually scoring on a throwing error with two outs. Buffalo got its hits in the second, sixth and ninth innings.
Jared Goedert homered to tie it in the bottom of the second off Justin Germano. Germano did give the Herd a boost by pitching seven innings. Buffalo starters had failed to pitch more than four innings in the first three games of the series here.
Indy pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh as Jerry Sands’ one-out triple brought home Tony Sanchez.
Jim Negrych (St. Francis) remains the IL’s top hitter but went 0 for 4. His averaged dipped to .400.