ALLENTOWN – Jim Negrych drew a four-pitch walk with the bases loaded in the 10th inning to force in the winning run as the Buffalo Bisons edged Lehigh Valley, 4-1, on Thursday. Negrych was summoned to pinch hit. He picked up his 36th RBI hardly having to take the bat off his shoulder.
The Herd added two insurance runs on another walk and a wild pitch. They sent eight to the plate in the 10th and scored three times on only one hit.
The win was the Bisons’ sixth in a row and their sixth in seven extra inning games this season. Buffalo (48-45) moves with a half game of Lehigh Valley (50-46) in the International League North division. Joel Carreno (3-2) pitched the last two innings, recording four strikeouts, to get the win. Starter Thad Weber went six innings, giving up seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
Kevin Pillar extended his on-base streak since joining the Herd in a big way, driving in the team’s first run in the fifth inning. They were looking for more, but Mike McCoy was thrown out at home on a close play on a single by Sean Ochinko. The IronPigs tied it in the sixth on Cody Asche’s home run. Pillar came up with a big play defensively as he robbed Cody Overbeck of a home run with a stellar catch at the fence in right field.
The Herd wraps up their two-game stint against the IronPigs tonight (7 p.m., radio 1520). Chein-Ming Wang (1-0, 1.29) is the scheduled starter against Tom Cochran (3-4, 4.98).