It really isn’t over until it’s over.
Just when the Buffalo Bisons were about to wrap up a successful Ohio road swing Sunday night at Fifth Third Field in Toledo they had a huge bullpen collapse.
The Mud Hens scored eight runs in the bottom of the eighth, wiping out a 4-0 deficit and pulling out an 8-5 victory over the Herd in the finale of the season series between the teams, which ended in a 4-4 split. Buffalo was 4-3 on the trip.
Toledo sent 13 batters to the plate in the eighth inning against Bisons relievers Colt Hynes, Bobby Korecky (1-2) and Luis Perez. There were four doubles, a single, four walks and one Buffalo error in the frame.
Andy Burns hit a three-run homer in the seventh to give the Bisons their 4-0 lead. Burns also doubled home a run in the ninth but the Herd’s comeback attempt ended when Brad Glenn flied out with two runners on base.
Wolf tries again: Veteran left-hander Randy Wolf, who has allowed only one earned run in 32 innings in his last five starts and has five straight no-decisions to show for it, will be the Bisons starter for the opener of the home stand at Coca-Cola Field on Monday night against the Indianapolis Indians. Right-hander Wilfred Boscan (2-1, 2.78) is the scheduled starter for the Tribe in the opener of a three-game series before first-place Rochester comes in for three games starting Friday night.
Quintuple crown?: Forget about the Triple Crown. Infielder Matt Hague of the Bisons went into Sunday night’s game as the International League leader in five major offensive categories – batting average (.356), hits (57), doubles (15), RBIs (31) and total bases (80). He also was second in on-base percentage (.428). His average this season was .429 with runners in scoring position.
Goodbye Jose: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes, who spent three games with the Bisons on a major league injury rehabilitation assignment, was not with the team on Sunday. Instead he was back with the Blue Jays in Toronto and expected to return to the active roster for Monday’s series opener against the Chicago White Sox.
Record: Bisons 23-21, Mud Hens 18-34. Buffalo trails first-place Rochester (25-19) by two games in the IL North Division.
Time of game: 2:44.
Paid atttendance: 8,411 on a cloudy night with temps in the 70s.