Kivlehan Homers Twice, But Herd Falls, 10-7
Patrick Kivlehan homered twice, but the Durham Bulls hit a pair of home runs themselves to defeat the Bisons, 10-7, Sunday afternoon at Sahlen Field. Michael Perez's two-run shot in the eighth inning for the visitors proved to be the final, and biggest home run of them all as the Bulls avoided a sweep at the hands of the Herd.
It was a game of back-and-forth baseball the entire stretch as the Bisons erased deficits of 2-0, 6-2 and 7-6 before the game entered the eighth inning tied at seven. First baseman Nate Lowe put the Bulls up for good with his RBI single off Kirby Snead three batters into the decisive eighth inning.
Perez then pulled a fastball from Jordan Romano into the ballpark's pavilion area just beyond the reach of Jonathan Davis before the centerfielder crashed into the wall. The home run was Perez's 10th in just 46 games with the Bulls.
With the loss, the Bisons fell to 64-61 on the season and lost a game in the standings to the IL North division leading RailRiders. The Herd now sits two games out of first and in a tie with the Syracuse Mets.
The Bisons and Bulls began their back-and-forth affair right away after exchanging a pair of runs in the first inning. Lowe hit a two-run home run for the Bulls before the Bisons responded with a two-run blast from Socrates Brito.
Video: Socrates Brito 2 Run Home Run
Durham then took a 6-2 lead with a four-run second inning, taking advantage of two Herd fielding errors with four base hits of their own, including an RBI-double from IL All-Star, Kean Wong.
The Herd chipped away at the four-run deficit when Patrick Kivlehan crushed his first home run of the day, a solo shot into the left-field netting in the third inning. He then launched another blast out to left, this one a towering homer over the wall.
Video: Patrick Kivlehan 2nd HR
Kivlehan now has 25 home runs on the season, 21 of which have come with the Bisons. He is the first Herd batter to reach the 20-home run plateau since Mauro Gomez hit 29 for Buffalo during the 2013 seasons.
Santiago Espinal finished the game 2-3 with two more hard hit singles and a walk. He now has a hit in nine straight games, going 13-33 (.394 AVG) with 3 walks, good for a .444 on-base pct.
Conor Fisk surrendered six runs on eight hits in the no-decision, all coming in the first two innings. Fisk was able to settle down and retire 11 of the last 13 batters he faced to keep the Bisons in the game.
BISONS NOTES: Prior to Sunday afternoon's game, outfield prospect Forrest Wall was promoted from Double-A New Hampshire. Wall, who was acquired by the Blue Jays last season from the Rockies, was batting .270 with 27 doubles in 109 games with the Fisher Cats... Catcher Beau Taylor made his Bisons debut after being claimed by the Blue Jays off waivers. Taylor went 0-4 but did drive in a run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.
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