BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bisons walked-off with an 8-7 win after an Andy LaRoche game-winning single in the 10th inning of Tuesday’s game from Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY. With the win, the Bisons earned a four-game series split with the Knights. It was Charlotte's first loss in extra innings this season (four games).
With the game knotted at 7-7, Charlotte threatened to score in the top of the 10th inning, but stranded a runner at second base. In the bottom of the inning, the Bisons came through with two important hits to earn the series split.
Mauro Gomez led-off the bottom of the 10th with a single off of Knights reliever Tony Pena Jr (1-4, 4.55). Two batters later, with Gomez now on second base, LaRoche played the hero. On a 2-1 count, LaRoche drilled a ball into left field and Gomez came around to score the game-winning run. It was one of four RBIs on the evening for LaRoche, who finished the game 3-5.
The Buffalo win spoiled a nice effort by the Knights, who came back from a 7-1 deficit. Charlotte trailed by six runs as they began the sixth inning, but put together back-to-back three-run innings to tie the game at 7-7. It stayed that way until the 10th inning.
White Sox infielder Angel Sanchez, who continued his Major League rehab assignment, went 3-5 with three RBIs on the night to pace the Charlotte offense. Catcher Josh Phegley and Jordan Danks both continued their hot hitting at the plate. Both players scored two runs each and had at least one hit.
Gordon Beckham went 0-5 with a run scored and a walk in the fourth game of his Major League rehab assignment. For the second straight game, he started at shortstop.
Charlotte starter Simon Castro allowed seven runs over five innings and did not factor in the decision. Castro has yet to win a game this season and entered played with an 0-6 mark. He gave up 12 of Buffalo's 15 hits.
Buffalo starter Ricky Romero gave up four runs and six walks over five innings. Romero also did not factor in the decision. The win went to Buffalo reliever Neil Wagner (1-0, 0.96) who pitched a scoreless 10th inning.
The Knights will now have an off day on Wednesday before heading to Rochester, NY to take on the Red Wings in a four-game series beginning on Thursday. RHP Jason Berken is the scheduled Knights starter in game one from Frontier Field.