Niagara Gazette

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May 25, 2013

Bisons fall out of first with 6-5 loss

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Niagara Gazette — "All of a sudden he just lost command," Brown said. "I don't know if his focus was lost because we didn't score. After that it seemed he struggled to get the ball down into the zone and they took advantage of it."

The Bisons staged a rally in the bottom of the eighth inning. With Erik Cordier fresh on the mound for the Indians, Sierra grounded out but then Jimenez walked. LeRoche was hit by a pitch and took first base, and then advanced as Eugenio Velez walked. Buffalo's Ryan Langerhans entered the game as a pinch hitter and was walked, allowing Jimenez to score. Josh Thole then smacked a single up the middle bringing two more runs home. The Bisons cut the lead to 6-5 but rally was halted when McCoy struck out to end the inning.

The Herd could not resume the rally in the bottom of the ninth. Negrych flied out to left field. Sierra grounded out to second. Jiminez grounded out to shortstop, and the Indians escaped with the win.

Kris Johnson (5-3) picked up the win for Indianapolis while Vargas (3-4) took the loss. Jared Hughes picked up the save for the Indians.

The game took a tense turn in the top of the seventh inning when Indy's Pie became upset by something said in the Bisons dugout then turned toward them in a menacing approach. Both benches cleared and the players gathered just to the right of home plate.

So just what was said that got Pie that upset?

"At this level guys are constantly saying something to somebody," said Brown, who was disappointed that the incident happened, especially with kids in the crowd. "You just don't react to things from the dugout."

The situation was quickly defused with no punches thrown, Pie was ejected and the game resumed.

The Bisons and Indians meet again this afternoon, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

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