CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Buffalo Bisons used the long ball and their legs to overwhelm Charlotte, 8-4, Sunday before 10,203 at BB&T Ballpark in an International League game.
The Herd smashed four home runs and stole six bases in posting their second straight win and improving to 6-1 on the season against the Knights. The teams will complete their season series today at noon (Radio 1520 AM).
Jared Goedert belted a pair of home runs for Buffalo, as the third baseman’s second blast was a three-run shot that gave the Bisons the lead for good in the sixth inning. The Herd had trailed until that point, 3-2. He also hit a solo shot to make it 2-0 in the second inning.
Dan Johnson hit his Bisons-leading sixth home run and Anthony Gose hit his second homer in three days. The four home runs by the Herd are the most they’ve had in a game since May 11 of last year when they swatted five at Louisville. Meanwhile, the six stolen bases were the most by the Bisons since they swiped the same amount in a game versus Syracuse on May 1, 2007.
Gose had two stolen bases, while Matt Tuiasosopo, Ryan Goins, Darin Mastroianni and Kevin Pillar also stole bases.
Liam Hendriks earned the win for Buffalo as the righty improved to 5-0. He struck out four and yielded four runs in six innings.
The Bisons activated Neil Wagner off the disabled list and he pitched an inning of scoreless relief. To make room for him, infielder Ryan Schimpf was sent to Double-A New Hampshire.
Buffalo returns home to face Gwinnett at 7 p.m. Tuesday to start an eight-game homestand.