Bisons Blast Lehigh Valley

7:34 AM, Aug 10, 2012   |    comments
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( - The Bisons have built up a lot of frustration lately - losing games in a variety of unique, at times head-scratching ways. Wild pitches, stranding runners on third - you name it, the Bisons have done it.
It's not for a lack of effort. Despite the adversity, the Herd has continually shown a willingness and ability to fight to the bitter end.

And Thursday, the pent-up frustration paid off. The Bisons scored early and often, notching a 10-1 victory over Lehigh Valley to split the two-game set at a game apiece. The game was called midway through the 7th inning.

The Bisons quickly jumped out to the lead in the 2nd, notching three runs in the inning. Josh Satin led the inning off with a double, and Matt Tuiasosopo walked two batters later. With runners on first and second and one out, Matt Den Dekker lined a double to right field that scored two. Den Dekker proceeded to steal third base with Mike Nickeas batting, and Nickeas quickly took advantage with a sacrifice fly that scored Den Dekker. Just like that, the Herd had the 3-0 lead.

But with all the adversity lately, the Bisons would not be content with a three-run lead. Just an inning later, the Herd tacked on four more runs - with a three-run homer by slugger Valentino Pascucci providing the exclamation point. Pascucci's blast to left field gave Buffalo a 7-0 lead, which would be more than enough on the evening.

That's because Bisons starter Chris Schwinden turned in a quality outing, starting out strong and refusing to let up. Schwinden retired nine of the first ten batters he faced - with the only IronPigs baserunner of the first three innings being Hector Luna, who managed a leadoff single in the 2nd.

When Lehigh Valley managed a run in the 4th on an RBI double by Luna, it merely managed to cut the Herd lead to six. The Bisons tacked on another run in the 5th and two more in the 6th, cruising to a Thursday night victory in Allentown.


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