With a two-run home run from Steven Moya in the eighth, the Toledo Mud Hens took a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Bisons at Coca-Cola Field Friday night.
Winning runs: With one out in the eighth, Colt Hynes issued a walk and then Moya crushed a two-run shot to center field to give Toledo a 4-3 lead. It was the first Triple-A home run for Moya, who hit 35 with Double-A Erie last year.
Long ball: After slumping for 616 at-bats without a homer, the Bisons have four in the past two games. It was Ryan Schimpf who drilled both homers, on first pitches in the third and seventh innings. In the third, his homer to left tied the game, 1-1. He went to center field in the seventh as the ball hit the top of the wall for the home run in pouring rain to give the Herd a 3-2 lead.
First run: After giving up a hit and a walk in the third inning, Randy Wolf got a much-needed double play ball. But then Daniel Fields hit a double off the left field wall and the Mud Hens took a 1-0 lead. It was only the second hit against Wolf with runners in scoring position this year.
Howling: Wolf took the no-decision in the start, giving up his first earned run in 23 innings. He gave up the one run on four hits with three walks, two strikeouts and one hit batter in five innings. Wolf has induced 10 double plays, the most in the International League.
Savvy base running: With one out and Andy Burns on third and Matt Hague on first, Chris Dickerson grounded to second base. What looked like a double-play ball turned into a run for the Bisons. Hague froze between first and second, forcing the Mud Hens to take the out at first. Hague was safe at second and Burns scored to tie the game, 2-2.
Streak ended: Burns’ hitting streak ended at nine games after the second baseman went 0 for 4. During his streak, which began May 6, Burns hit .278 (10 for 36) with four doubles while driving in three runs. He has reached base in 21 of his first 24 games in Triple-A, getting on base in the sixth when he struck out but reached first on a wild pitch.
Approach at the plate: Burns said the biggest key for his success in hitting is to focus on the pitch rather than muck around with his swing: “I’m a big believer in the fact that you can’t put a good swing on a bad pitch. Everyone wants to talk about your swing, but there’s so much more that goes into it – vision and timing and plan. Those things are equally as important but everyone talks about the swing. On a daily basis I’m just trying to get my swing feeling right and in the game just see the ball and get a good pitch to hit.
Rain delay: There was a 10 minute, 30 second rain delay in the top of the ninth as the grounds crew worked to dry out the mound and home plate.
Pitchers of record: Thad Weber moved to 3-3 with the win, giving up three runs on five hits with six strikeouts in seven innings. Colt Hynes took the loss, giving up two runs with a walk and a hit just a third of an inning.
Time of game: 2:48.
Paid attendance: 6,010.
Records: The Bisons are 18-17. Toledo is 13-21.
Next up: The series continues at 5:05 p.m. Saturday with the Bisons celebrating “Armed Forces Day.” Lefty Andrew Albers (1-5, 2.29) is scheduled to start for the Herd against lefty Mike Belfiore (1-5, 5.40).