The Buffalo Bisons couldn’t come up with a clutch hit in the top of the ninth inning, and thus dropped a 3-2 decision to the Mud Hens in Toledo on Friday night.
Buffalo put a couple of runners on base in the final frame, as A.J. Jimenez walked and Kevin Nolan added a single on a scratch hit to third base. However, Jose Reyes popped out to second and Chris Dickerson grounded out to first to end the threat and the game.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak by Buffalo. After dropping six games in a row early in May, the Herd has won seven of 12.
Clutch hitting: It took the Mud Hens little time to take the lead, as they scored in the bottom of the first. Ex-Bison slugger Mike Hessman hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the game’s first run. In the fourth, Josh Wilson plated a run with a single, and Xavier Avery’s double drove home Wilson.
Triple your pleasure: The Bisons scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning, thanks to back-to-back triples. Jimenez hit the first one to right, which drove in Ryan Schimpf. Then Jonathan Diaz followed with a three-base hit. But Diaz was stranded at third when Reyes grounded out to third, and Chris Dickerson bounced out to first.
Difficult night: Daniel Norris only threw four innings in the game, but he got his work in. Norris threw 88 pitches in the outing, allowing three runs on five hits. Norris walked four and struck out three as his record slipped to 1-2.
Ace of the team: The Mud Hens haven’t played that well this season, but pitcher Buck Farmer certainly looks like a good prospect. Farmer went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits. Farmer improved his record to 5-1.
Rehab report: Reyes continued his stay with the Bisons as he gets ready for a return to Toronto. Reyes stuck to the designated hitter’s role on Friday night, going 1 for 3.
Roster moves: Munenori Kawasaki was called up to Toronto immediately following Thursday’s game. Buffalo activated left-handed pitcher Luis Perez to take his roster spot.
Mound figures: The Bisons went into the game with the best earned-run average in the International League. Buffalo had a team ERA of 2.45, and had struck out 278 batters.
Records after the game: Buffalo 22-20, Toledo 17-24.
Coming up: The teams continue their series Saturday night in Toledo (7 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). Miguel Castro (0-1) will face Kyle Ryan (0-5).