Big Eighth Inning allows Bisons to beat Worcester

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June 14, 2024 – International League (IL)
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Buffalo, NY – The Bisons scored a six-run eighth inning to edge past Worcester 8-3 on Friday night at Sahlen Field.

Brian Serven got the Bisons on the board in the bottom of the second inning. The RBI line drive single to left field scored Orelvis Martinez from second base. When Martinez crossed the plate, Buffalo took a 1-0 lead.

The Bisons held the Worcester offense at bay for five innings, thanks in part to Nick Fraze. Fraze pitched 4.1 innings, allowing three hits and a walk. He also struck out three.

The WooSox responded in the top of the sixth inning when Chase Meidroth hit a solo home run. The solo shot, his second goal of the evening, tied the game at 1-1.

The WooSox were a key factor in making this game low-scoring. Jason Alexander pitched five innings and gave up only two hits. Despite walking three Bisons batters, he struck out six while allowing just one unearned run.

Buffalo regained the lead in the bottom of the seventh. After two consecutive walks against the WooSox, Steward Berroa reached base on a throwing error by Nick Sogard. The error allowed Will Robertson to score and Cam Eden to move into third. The unearned run allowed the Bisons to regain the lead, 2-1.

Paxton Shultz relieved Hayden Juenger with one out in the top of the sixth inning. Schultz helped keep the lead as he disappointed the WooSox hitters, striking out six batters in 2.2 innings pitched. He also allowed just one hit in the strong relief outing from the bullpen.

Then the Bisons added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when Riley Tirotta brought home Damiano Palmegiani with an RBI double, sharply aligned to center field. The run scored gave the Bisons the lead to 3-1.

The Bisons would later add three batters as a hard hit single by Robertson would drive over Tirotta to extend the lead to 4-1 Bisons.

The Bisons would extend the lead further when Sal Romano walked home Serbs after a bases-loaded jam, increasing the lead to 5-1 Bisons.

The Bisons would continue on in the inning as a Michael Turconi double scored Rafael Lantigua, Robertson and Berroa. By the end of the inning, the Bisons had an 8-1 lead.

In the top of the ninth, back-to-back doubles allowed the WooSox to get one run back; making the score 8-2 Bisons. Then, a single by Matthew Lugo allowed Nathan Hickey to score, cutting Buffalo’s lead to five, 8-3.

The Bisons and WooSox continue their series with game five of their six-game set on Saturday at 6:35 p.m.

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