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Quick Hits: Bisons offense stays hot in 6-4 win over Toledo

The Buffalo Bisons continued their big hitting in Tuesday’s 6-4 victory over the Toledo Mud Hens.

The scoring output gave the Bisons 53 runs in the last eight games, an average of 6.6 a game.

Buffalo improved to 27-22 overall and 18-8 at Coca-Cola Field. Toledo (22-28) lost for the ninth time in its last 11 games. The Bisons entered the game fourth in the International League in batting with a .263 team average.

The big Buffalo hit came from catcher Mike Ohlman with Toledo up, 4-3, in the fifth inning. Ohlman hit a two-out, two-run double off the wall in left field.

Toledo’s lefty starter, Anthony Vasquez, was running out of gas, having through 101 pitches, when Ohlman worked him to a full count.

“I knew he kind of works off his fastball to get to his breaking stuff,” Ohlman said. “He wasn’t really challenging me most of the day and I thought to myself I’m not going to let the fastball beat me. That was the pitch I was waiting for the entire at bat. I took all those other ones, just worked the count, and I didn’t miss it.”

Ohlman is hitting .233 overall but .316 vs. left-handers.

Hot, hot, hot: Roemon Fields, the Bisons’ center fielder, had two singles to push his average to .398. Fields has hit in 22 of his last 23 games. He’s 37 for 85 over that stretch, a .436 average. The Mud Hens gave him an intentional walk with a man on second in the sixth inning.

Tiger chain: Toledo entered the season with the oldest roster in the International League, with an average age of 29.6 years. Just one of the parent Detroit Tigers’ top 20 rated prospects is at the Triple-A level. He’s pitcher Joe Jimenez, who’s on the disabled list. The Detroit farm system was depleted during the team’s run to four playoff appearances from 2011 to 2014. The Tigers’ payroll ranks among the top five in the major leagues for a fifth straight year. Only the Dodgers, Yankees and Red Sox currently have a larger payroll this year.

Roster moves: Toronto decided Tuesday to cut ties with 29-year-old Herd pitcher Mat Latos. He was signed in mid-February as some veteran Triple-A insurance. He started five games for Buffalo, posting a 1-1 record and 3.81 earned-run average. Latos is 71-59 in nine seasons in the major leagues. He gave up 11 runs in 15 innings over a three-game stint with the Blue Jays that ended May 3. Meanwhile, the Jays sent reliever Dominic Leone back to Buffalo on assignment. Leone, 25, has come out of the Jays bullpen to pitch 24 innings, on pace for a career high, and has allowed 11 runs. His Buffalo stay figures to be temporary (it’s required to be 10 days).

Roster items: Dalton Pompey, who hit .270 in 93 games with Buffalo last year, hit the diamond for the first time this season Tuesday when he began a rehabilitation assignment with Class A Dunedin in Florida. Pompey has been out since suffering a concussion in the World Baseball Classic on March 30.

In the house: Paid attendance was 6,495.

Star Wars Night: About 1,500 tickets remained for the popular Star Wars Night promotion, to be held at Saturday’s 6:05 p.m. game against Charlotte.

Up next: Scheduled to start Wednesday’s 1:05 p.m. for the Bisons is Luis Santos (1-3, 4.18) vs. Chad Bell (1-2, 1.25).

 

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