Niagara Gazette — BUFFALO — For the first time in over a month, the Buffalo Bisons are not sitting atop the International League's North Division.
A late rally fell just one run short Friday night, as the Bisons fell to the Indianapolis Indians, 6-5, at Coca-Cola Field. That loss, coupled with the Pawtucket Red Sox's 4-3 win over Louisville, moves the PawSox into sole possession of first place in the IL North.
"The rally was a little short but I'll tell you I was proud of our guys," said Bisons manager Marty Brown. "This Indy club has some good arms, they really do. They're not scared to tell you from the dugout, either. Right now they're feeling good about themselves and I was proud of the way our guys battled to get something going…"
The Indians, who lead the IL's West Division, struggled themselves in the early stages of the game. Buffalo's starting pitcher Claudio Vargas retired the first ten Indy batters, but the Indians broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fourth inning when Matt Hague smacked a line shot over the left field wall for a two-run home run.
Buffalo evened the score in the bottom of the fourth. Luis Jiminez scored on a Andy LeRoche double, followed by Mauro Gomez scoring on a wild pitch.
The Bisons then put themselves in position in the bottom of the fifth inning to score more runs. Catcher Mike Nickeas singled and then Mike McCoy walked. However, the Herd couldn't capitalize on that, as the next three batters went down. Jim Negrych flied out, followed by strikeouts by Moises Sierra and Jiminez.
The following inning, the wheels fell off for Vargas as he walked Alex Presley, who became the first of four Indians runners to reach home.