Tonawanda News — In the bottom of the fifth, Buffalo put two runners on base and up to the plate came Thole with one out. After working his way to a full count, Thole singled down the third base line to bring Moises Sierra home, putting Buffalo back in the lead.
The lead was short-lived, as Mike Hessman tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the sixth with a blast to left on a 3-2 pitch that Buffalo’s outfielders already knew was gone, as they took just a couple of strides then watched the ball sail high over the left field fence and into the tall screens.
Louisville took the lead in the top of the eighth when wild pitches hurt the Herd. Feliz Perez started the inning by hitting a single to get on base, then advanced to second on a wild pitch by Buffalo’s Alex Hinshaw. Following a sacrifice bunt that advanced Perez to third, he scored when another Hinshaw wild pitch fell into the dirt and got away from catcher Josh Thole. Thole picked up the ball and tossed it back to Hinshaw, who ran to home and tried to tag Perez out but the Bat beat the tag, and Louisville was ahead, 3-2.
To add insult to injury, Hinshaw was ejected seconds later for hotly arguing the play with home plate umpire Will Little.
The Bisons weren’t down and out just yet. Mauro Gomez started the bottom of the inning by hitting a single to get on base. Thole then walked. Andy LaRoche was next to the plate and hit a solid shot to right field, where Louisville’s Denis Phipps booted the ball on the play, giving LaRoche the opportunity to take second as Gomez scored the tying run.
Ramon Ortiz is scheduled to start on the mound for Buffalo today while Pedro Villarreal will pitch for Louisville.