A solo home run by Daniel Fields in the top of the 12th inning keyed the Toledo Mud Hens’ 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Bisons Sunday at Coca Cola Field.
Toldeo scored three runs in the 12th off Bisons reliever Chad Jenkins, who gave up back-to-back doubles after Fields’ homer. Jenkins (1-2) allowed four hits and three runs in two innings of relief.
Wasted in 11th: The Bisons had bases loaded with one out in the 11th but squandered the scoring chance. Buffalo right fielder Caleb Gindl, batting .185, grounded into a first-to-home-to-first double play to end the inning.
“We had a chance in the eighth and again in the 11th and just didn’t get it done,” said Bisons manager Gary Allenson.
LOBs: The Bisons left 17 men on base. Eight were left on by the middle of the order, 3-4-5 hitters Matt Hague, Luke Scott and Brad Glenn.
Back on top: Fields, a 24-year-old in his second Triple-A season, had been hitting third of late but was moved Sunday back to the top of the order, where he started the season. He hit only .219 at Toledo last year but is at .289 this year.
“Xavier Avery kept swinging the bat well, so we put Avery at lead off and Fields in the third hole,” said manager Larry Parrish. “I told Bull today that since we’d done that, his batting average fell about 60 points. So we put him back in the lead-off spot.”
Good execution: The Bisons’ tying run in the seventh inning came via good at-bats. Ryan Schimpf led off the inning with a ground-rule double that took one hop and went over the fence in right center. Then Sean Ochinko did a good job of keeping the ball on the ground on a hopper to second that moved Schimpf over to third. The next batter, Gindl, had two strikes on him when he got a sacrifice fly ball far enough to the outfield to drive home Schmimpf.
Out of slump: Buffalo’s Brad Glenn was batting .160 at the start of the home stand a week ago. But he now has his average up to .245 after going 13 for 27 for the week.
Golden sombrero: Toledo’s Steven Moya, the No. 1-ranked prospect in Detroit’s chain, struck out four times. Moya, 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, entered the game with hits in 7 of his last 17 at-bats. He was bothered by a foot injury early in the season. But he has 29 strikeouts and just five walks on the season.
Time of game: 3:33.
Paid attendance: It was 7,744, plus about 400 dogs on Dog Day at the ballpark.
Records: The Bisons are 19-18. Toledo is 14-22.
Next up: The Bisons begin a seven-game road trip Monday in Columbus at 6:35 p.m. After three games with the Clippers, Buffalo goes to Toledo for four games. The Bisons’ next home game is against Indianapolis on Memorial Day.