By Mike Leslie, Sports Anchor/Digital Journalist - email
The Buffalo Bisons homered four times on Sunday en route to an 8-4 win over the Charlotte Knights in game three of their four-game series from BB&T Ballpark. Sunday’s game was played in front of a Mother’s Day crowd of 10,203 fans -- Charlotte’s 10th sell-out of the season and fourth consecutive on the homestand.
Buffalo scored their first run of the game in the first inning when Anthony Gose crossed the plate after a Kevin Pillar sacrifice fly. Buffalo added to their lead an inning later when Jared Goedert launched his first home run of the game -- a solo shot off Charlotte starter Tommy Hanson (2-3, 3.55).
Charlotte quickly bounced back in the bottom of the third inning and put up three runs off Buffalo starter Liam Hendriks (5-0). Blake Tekotte led the inning off with a double and scored after Alex Liddi followed with an RBI double. Down by a score of 2-1, the Knights continued to put runners on base in the third inning.
Gorkys Hernandez singled and Tyler Saladino followed with a walk to load the bases for Jordan Danks, who drove in two runs on a single, which gave the Knights a 3-2 lead.
The Knights stayed ahead 3-2 until the sixth inning when the Bisons broke-out the bats once again. The inning was highlighted by Goedert’s second home run of the game -- a three-run shot -- which gave the Bisons a 5-3 lead.
Charlotte added a run in the bottom of the sixth inning on an Andy Wilkins solo home run -- his seventh of the season. At that point, the Knights were down by a score of 5-4 but Buffalo continued their offensive surge in the seventh. Gose hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to give the Bisons a 6-4 lead.
Buffalo added two more insurance runs in the top of the eighth inning with help from former Knights slugger Dan Johnson, who led the inning off with his sixth home run of the season. Three batters later, a sacrifice fly by Ryan Goins scored Matt Tuiasosopo to give Buffalo an 8-4 lead.
Three Buffalo relievers combined on three scoreless innings to close out the win -- the team’s second-straight against Charlotte.
In all, Hanson allowed five runs on five hits over six innings of work and was saddled with the loss. He walked two and allowed two of the four home runs on the day. Reliever David Purcey allowed the final two home runs on the afternoon in 1.2 innings.
The Knights will conclude their four-game series with the Bisons on Monday. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. as the Knights host the Bisons in a special 12:05 p.m. game. RHP Erik Johnson (0-0, 1.38) gets the nod for Knights, while the Bisons will hand the ball to RHP Shawn Hill (0-1, 7.50).
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