BUFFALO, NY (Bisons.com) - For the second game in a row, the Bisons and Indianapolis Indians went to extra innings.
Different day, same story.
After losing to the Indians behind a six run tenth inning last night, the Herd fell again to the Indians in extras by losing 7-3 at Coca-Cola Field in 12 innings.
Following two scoreless innings in the tenth and eleventh the Indians jumped on the Bisons for four runs in the twelfth to get the win. Sparked by a two-run double from first baseman Jeff Clement, the Indians avoided a series split with the Herd by taking three of the four games in Buffalo.
The Indians scored their four runs off of Bisons pitcher Adam Pettyjohn after no team was able to score on Pettyjohn in the previous seven games. The loss now drops the Herd's record to 4-4 in games that go beyond nine innings.
The Indians jumped out to a quick lead in the first inning. After left fielder Kevin Melillo led off the game with a single on the second pitch of the game he was eventually driven home by a single from right fielder Steve Pearce to short.
The Bisons nearly answered in the bottom half of the first but were denied a run by Indians catcher Luke Carlin. Bisons first baseman Mike Jacobs reached on a double to center with two outs and tried to reach home on the next at-bat when third baseman Mike Cervenak singled to left. Jacobs rounded third and went for home but Melillo had a perfect throw to the plate and even after Jacobs plowed Carlin over like a linebacker, the catcher held onto the ball to get the third out.
After Bisons starting pitcher Tobi Stoner got through the following three innings with ease following the first, he ran into some trouble in the sixth. A leadoff single from second baseman Jim Negrych and Pearce reaching base on a throwing error from Cervenak put Stoner in a jam.
Third baseman Brian Myrow singled to drive home Negrych and center fielder Brandon Moss singled to right to send Pearce home to make the score 3-1. Stoner then walked shortstop Argenis Diaz to load the bases. After Stoner loaded the base paths he was taken out of the game and relieved by Mike O'Connor. O'Connor got the Herd out of the inning by striking up the next two batters to end the inning.
Stoner provided the Herd with a solid start in his five and a third innings of work. Through those innings Stoner gave up seven hits and three runs, two of them being earned. The starter also struck out seven, his second highest total for the season. Stoner got it done at the plate as well. In the fifth the right hander singled to third and was driven home by a single from shortstop Justin Turner.
The Herd would eventually knot the game up at three in the seventh inning behind RBI hits from second baseman Russ Adams and Turner. Neither team was able to score in the final two innings as the game went to extras and finally ended when the Herd had no answer for the Indians four runs in the twelfth.
The loss for the Herd now drops them to 36-34 while the Indians improved to 37-32.
BISONS NOTES: After going 3-5 during their eight game home stand, the Herd will hit the road for the next eight games. They will head to Gwinnett for a four game series with the Braves and follow it up with another four game set against the Charlotte Knights. The Bisons will have Dylan Owen start off the road trip when he takes on Braves pitcher Tim Gustafson (6-4, 5.30 ERA) tomorrow night.