PAWTUCKET, RI (Bisons.com) - Looking to sweep the PawSox, Buffalo entered into a back-and-forth duel with Pawtucket on Sunday afternoon. The matchup had a punch-counterpunch feel, with Pawtucket drawing first blood and Buffalo responding on multiple occasions.
Ultimately, the PawSox would draw the last laugh - after a few innings of overtime. Leading off the bottom of the 14th, Nate Spears homered to give Pawtucket the 5-4 victory. The win allowed the PawSox to avoid being swept by the Herd.
Pawtucket struck first - and early - in the 2nd. Che-Hsuan Lin came up big with a one-out triple to right field, and Jose Iglesias sent Lin home with an RBI groundout. Scott Podsednik also contributed an RBI single for the PawSox in the inning, and the Bisons found themselves behind 2-0 after two.
Now for the counterpunch. Buffalo wasted no time cutting the lead in half, in part due to the 'passive offense' that killed Pawtucket's victory hopes on Thursday night. Raul Reyes doubled to lead off the inning, and a Valentino Pascucci single loaded the bases three batters later. With the bases loaded and two outs, PawSox starting pitcher Brandon Duckworth walked Brad Emaus, and the Pawtucket lead was one.
The Bisons have displayed impressive ability to knock balls out of the park lately, and Adam Loewen continued the trend in the 5th - homering to right field, tying the game. But the PawSox would quickly respond in the bottom of the 6th, scoring a pair to retake the lead at 4-2. Making the feat even more impressive was that all the damage came with two outs. Alex Hassan and J.C. Linares got things going with singles, and Lin connected on a double to left field that scored two.
And then Buffalo was right back with another counterpunch - the very next inning. Jason Bay led things off with a single, and two batters later came up Valentino Pascucci - last week's Triple-A Home Run Derby champion. Pascucci backed up his All-Star accolades, launching a two-run blast to left field that tied the game.
But Spears' 14th-inning heroics would allow no counterpunch. Buffalo opens a 4-game set with Toledo Monday night, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.
Bisons Notes: Collin McHugh got the start for Buffalo, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits in six innings...Relievers Manny Acosta, Fernando Cabrera, and Elvin Ramirez combined to pitch six innings of scoreless relief for Buffalo...Dylan Owen earned the loss for Buffalo, after allowing the homer to Spears.