Offense Rolls Along in 12-2 Win over Louisville
The Bisons' bats are absolutely sizzling.
The Herd closed out and impressive 5-1 roadtrip through the IL West Division with a 12-2 triumph over the Bats on Sunday afternoon at Louisville Slugger Field. Jordan Patterson homered twice and drove in six as Buffalo's offense reached double-digits in runs for the fourth time in their last five games.
All told, the Bisons scored 52 runs in the six games away from Sahlen Field, with a high of 14 in Wednesday's win in Indianapolis. The team scored 11 to close out a sweep of Indy on Thursday and 11 more in Saturday night's win over the Bats.
Early on Sunday, it looked like Buffalo was going to top all those outputs. The Herd put up a seven spot in the third inning, sending 10 men to the plate. With the bases loaded, Socrates Brito continued his torrid week with a two-run double into right field. Then, after a pair of Louisville fielding errors allowed a fourth run to come in, Patterson started his impressive day with a mammoth three-run homer run to right field. The slugger's sixth home run of the season traveled an estimated 438-feet and put an early end to the rubbermatch of the Bisons-Bats series.
But Patterson was not done. He hit a two-run blast to straight away centerfield in the fifth inning as the Bisons lead grew to 9-1. He then just missed a historic grand slam in the seventh by driving Bats centerfielder Brian O'Grady to the warning traffic with another hard-hit ball. But instead of driving in four, the sacrifice fly was good for Patterson's sixth RBI on the day and a 12-1 Bisons' lead.
With the game ending after eight innings because of rain, Patterson finished 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. Richard Urena was 3-for-5 and scored twice, as well. With his two RBI, Brito has now driven in 12 runs in his last eight games. He has 25 RBI in only 28 total games with Buffalo.
Bo Bichette went 0-4 in his third game back with the Bisons but did score an usual run in the sixth inning. The top prospect was hit by a pitch and then came all the way around to score on three wild pitches by Bats' reliever, Tristan Archer.
On the mound, David Paulino worked five innings of one-run baseball for the win. He struck out six and allowed just four hits and a first inning tally.
Jacob Waguespack threw two innings in a Major League injury rehab assignment and allowed a run on two hits.
The Bisons will now bring their bats back home for the start of a six-day homestand starting Tuesday night against Indianapolis.
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