After a pair of tough defeats in Norfolk, the Bisons were looking for an 'extra' nice win to rebound from the weekend. They got exactly what they needed with a 6-4 extra-innings victory over the Richmond Braves on Monday.
Buffalo snapped a 4-4 tie with a two-run rally in the 10th to pick up their third win of the season. The inning included just one hit, but Andy Gonzalez's bases-loaded single gave the Bisons the lead they would need.
Gonzalez had three hits in the game and now has started the season with eight hits and three doubles in his first 14 at-bats (.571 batting average). His third hit on Monday came in the 10th after Braves' reliever Zach Schreiber walked the bases loaded to begin the inning. Ben Francisco and Jordan Brown reached base and Jason Cooper was issued the intentional free pass when Schreiber uncorked a wild pitch. Gonzalez then lined a delivery from Damian Moss into right field for the go-ahead run.
Another wild pitch, this one from Moss, allowed Buffalo to score the insurance run.
It was an all-around strong game for Gonzalez who began the night with a walk in the second inning. He then singled as part of a four-run fifth that helped the Bisons erase a 2-0 deficit.
Catcher Wyatt Toregas collected his first Triple-A hit with a two-run double in the frame.
Gonzalez also collected a double in the sixth inning, but was left stranded on base.
Richmond battled back scoring runs in the fifth and eighth to force extra innings.
On the mound, the Bisons got a very promising performance from starter Brian Slocum. Pitching for the first time in almost 11 months, Slocum allowed three runs in 4.2 innings of work. On a pitch count, the righty looked comfortable on the mound as he was able to strikeout four Braves batters.
Slocum did not pitch after May 11 in 2007 because of a forearm injury.
Reid Santos (1-0) got credit for the win with two innings of work. The victory was his first at the Triple-A level. Rick Bauer pitched the bottom of the 10th for his first save with the team.BISONS NOTES: Josh Barfield was held hitless for the first time in 2008. He went 0-4 with a walk...Wyatt Toregas finished the game 2-5 with a pair of RBI...Monday's game was the Bisons first errorless game in the field in 2008.