CHARLOTTE, N.C. — While Homer Bailey celebrated his no-hitter with Cincinnati Reds teammates, the Bisons celebrated their offense finally coming alive.
The Herd took command of their game with two runs in the top of the 10th inning, and Buffalo defeated Charlotte, 3-1.
With the score tied, 1-1, first baseman Ramon Hernandez singled home Lars Anderson. Then Mike McCoy grounded into a fielder’s choice that made the score 3-1, and the Herd held on for the win in the bottom of the frame. Righty Brad Lincoln earned the save.
Buffalo (43-41) returned home after the win for what promises to be one of the most exciting nights of the year.
Today marks the 19th annual KeyBank Independence Eve Celebration in downtown Buffalo when the Bisons host the Rochester Red Wings (42-45) at 6:05 p.m. (TWCSN, Radio 1520 AM). The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus will perform after the game in Coca-Cola Field, and the concert will be followed by the largest fireworks display of the season.
Buffalo’s win against the Knights (38-48) knotted the four game series, 2-2.
The Herd’s offense was balanced. Each of the squad’s seven hits in the game came from a different batter. Buffalo reliever Joel Carreno, who pitched just one-third of an inning, got the win.
Buffalo starter Dave Bush (7-6), who leads the team in wins, spread four hits and one walk over six innings. He had nine strikeouts. The Bisons have mustered just one total run of support over his last two outings. Charlotte starter Andre Rienzo was just as impressive, giving up five hits and one run in eight innings of work with five strikeouts.
Knights reliever David Purcey, who gave up the two runs in the 10th, took the loss.
Charlotte took the lead in the bottom of the third when first baseman Mike McDade singled to right to score third baseman Brent Morel.
The score stayed 1-0 until the Bisons tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. Catcher Sean Ochinko singled to center to plate left fielder Eugenio Velez.
Tuesday’s game was the Herd’s last-ever trip to Charlotte’s Knights Stadium. The team will have a new ballpark next season.
Center fielder Kevin Pillar went 1 for 4 and has now reached base safely in each of his first 12 games with the Herd, with a team-leading nine-game hit streak.
Today’s game is a one-game series, as Buffalo will head to Pennsylvania to face Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Thursday and Friday.
The Bisons are in the midst of an 11-game stretch in which 10 are spent on the road.