(bisons.com)-Dave Bush struck out a season-high nine batters as the Bisons defeated Charlotte 3-1 in 10 innings Tuesday night to split the four-game series against the Knights.
The Pittsburgh, Pa. native, lasted six innings and allowed just four hits and one earned run, while walking one in another strong start for the Herd.
The Bisons did not get many hits through the first eight innings, but the hits they did get were timely and effective. The Herd fought back and managed to get five hits in the final three innings against the Charlotte relievers.
Ramon Hernandez's only hit of the game was a big one-out single that hit the wall in right field in the top of the 10th inning, scoring Sean Ochinko to put the Herd up 2-1.
Second baseman Mike McCoy followed with a squeeze bunt that was fielded by the Knights pitcher allowing Anthony Gose, who singled, to sneak home from third and increase the lead to 3-1 late.
The Herd got a few clutch hits with two outs in the top of the seventh to get back into the game.
Left fielder Eugenio Velez doubled to right field and Ochinko drove him in to tie the game at one with a ground-ball single to center field.
Buffalo had just three hits through the first 6 2/3 frames until Velez got the double against Knights starter Andre Rienzo.
Rienzo struck out five batters in eight innings, but was more effective by getting several Herd players to hit ground balls and pop-ups.
Outfielder Kevin Pillar extended his hitting streak to nine games with a single to the pitcher in the first inning. Pillar has reached base in all 12 games he has played for the Herd.
Pillar went 1-for-5 and is now batting .373 on the season.
With two outs in the third inning the Knights scored first. After Brent Morel singled to right and stole second, Mike McDade singled Morel home to put the home team up 1-0.
The Knights threated in the bottom of the ninth against reliever Tommy Hottovy, who came in with one out and a runner on first. Hottovy walked Lars Anderson and then was replaced by Joel Correno, who struck out Tyler Greene to send the game to extra innings still tied at one.
Reliever Mickey Storey came in relief and allowed just two hits and struck out two in 2.1 innings of work for the Herd. Brad Lincoln earned his fourth save of the season, throwing the final inning for the Herd.
The Bisons pitching staff struck out a combined 13 batters on the night.
The Bisons return home Wednesday night for the Independence Eve Celebration with Rochester. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 at Coca Cola Field.