MOOSIC, Pa. — Manager Marty Brown earned his 300th victory as manager of the Buffalo Bisons on Saturday as the Herd defeated the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 6-2, at PNC Field.
Brown, who managed the Bisons to three consecutive winning seasons from 2003 to ’05, becomes the first manager to win 300 games in the club’s modern era. His 300 wins are the seventh most in the 128-year history of professional baseball in Buffalo.
Brown debuted with the Bisons in 2003 and led the Herd to a 73-70 record and was named Baseball America Minor League Manager of the Year the following season for leading the Bisons to an 83-61 record and a Governors’ Cup Championship.
Brown’s ’05 group finished 82-62 while capturing its second straight International League North Division title. The manager finished his first tenure with the Bisons with a 238-193 record and a .552 winning percentage.
The winningest manager in franchise history is George Wiltse, who had a 591-497 for Buffalo from 1918 to ’24.
The RailRiders, nevertheless, threatened to spoil Brown’s moment after loading the bases in the ninth.
Brown replaced reliever Buddy Carlyle with Jeremy Jeffress, who forced a groundout. Then Jeffress struck out Alberto Gonzalez and Addison Maruszak to earn the save.
The Bisons led, 1-0, in the third before Moises Sierra hit a two-run home run to right for a 3-0 advantage. They tacked on insurance runs in the fifth, seventh and ninth.
Justin Germano went eight complete innings and allowed one run on five hits with eight strikeouts to earn the victory (8-8). Germano leads the Bisons in starts (21), innings pitched (130) and strikeouts (91).
The right-hander is coming off a loss to Pawtucket last Sunday when he allowed five runs in five innings. Sierra, Kevin Pillar and Ricardo Nanita each had two RBIs for the Herd, who are now 62-58. They are second in the IL North, 2½ games behind Rochester.