Matt Hague continued to show why he’s the best hitter in the International League.
The infielder had three hits, including the game-winning RBI, as the Buffalo Bisons squeaked out a 5-4 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at Coca-Cola Field on Saturday night.
Hague, who will be in the Triple-A All-Star Game next week, is batting .348 to lead the International League. He has 36 multi-hit games and 114 hits.
His RBI single in the seventh snapped a 4-4 tie and salvaged the win after the Bisons blew an early 4-0 lead.
Building a lead: The Bisons slowly built a 4-0 lead, starting with an RBI single by Luke Scott in the first. They scored twice in the fourth on a ground out by Caleb Gindl and while Alex Hassan scored on a passed ball. In the fifth they added a run on a double by Andy Burns.
Two swings: The Bisons saw their 4-0 lead evaporate in the sixth. Ramon Flores drove a three-run homer to right field, then Greg Bird had a solo shot to tie the game.
Generational advice: It’s the third annual Blue Jays Weekend at Coca-Cola Field and alumni Mookie Wilson and Cecil Fielder were in Buffalo for the festivities.
Wilson remains a fan of the game and preaches that no matter how much things change, the game at heart remains the same.
“We old players like to say ‘back in the day’ and we like to think that we set the standard,” Wilson said. “We like to see players continue to play the game the way it’s supposed to be played. You know, there are new innovations and new techniques and you can incorporate all that stuff but let’s keep one thing in mind, that the game is still baseball. It’s still a man’s game. It’s still a game that’s played for the fans. I’d like to see players remember that.”
Pitchers of record: Joel Pineiro (1-1) picked up the win. Brandon Pinder (0-3) took the loss.
Time of game: 2:14
Paid attendance: 8,314
Records: The Bisons are 45-45. Scranton is 47-44.
Next up: The series concludes at 1:05 Sunday (Radio 1520 AM) with lefty Daniel Norris (2-8, 3.62) scheduled to start for the Bisons against Yankees prospect Luis Severino (4-0, 1.99). It’s the last game before the three-day break for the Triple-A All-Star Game.