Gary Allenson said in the middle of the 13th inning he asked Caleb Gindl if he ever pitched.
“We had Chad Jenkins and that was it,” Allenson said. “I asked if he ever pitched before and he said, ‘yeah.’ I think that’s why he was running so fast.”
Gindl had a two-out single then booked home on a double up the third-base line from Jon Berti to give the Buffalo Bisons a 2-1 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox at Coca-Cola Field Friday night.
The winning run: Berti hit the ball hard, just squeaking between the third baseman and the line. “I was just looking for something I could drive, a fastball out over the plate, something I could handle,” Berti said.
After the hit, Berti said he “thought we had a chance. Gindl was running hard and came around those bases hard. I just kinda held up at second and watched the play and he made it in there.”
First run: A two-out walk came back to hurt Randy Wolf. With two outs in the fourth, Wolf walked Garin Cecchini who scored on a double by Marco Hernandez.
Error of your ways: The Bisons tied the game, 1-1, in the fifth. Berti had one-out single. Josh Thole then reached on an error on second baseman Marco Hernandez. Jonathan Diaz hit a double-play grounder to the shortstop, who got the force at second, but Hernandez overthrew first base. Diaz was safe on a fielder’s choice and Berti scored on the error.
The start the Bisons needed: After using seven pitchers in their 5-4 loss at Syracuse on Thursday and with pitchers gone after the trade deadline, the Herd needed starter Randy Wolf to go deep. And he did. It was another impressive outing for the veteran, who went eight innings. Wolf gave up one run on two hits with four walks and four strike outs and retired the final 10 batters he faced.
Familiar tune: The Bisons placed runners in scoring position in the late innings but couldn’t score them. In the seventh, Berti was stranded on third after he got a lead-off single. In the eighth, the Herd left two on base, stranding Andy Burns on third. Then in the ninth there were runners on second and third. You get the picture. The Herd leads the league in runners left on base with 821.
Hitting streak: Burns ran out a ground ball in the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He has 14 hits, five runs scored and seven RBI in his last 11 games.
Roster move: Rob Rasmussen was part of the deal that brought Mark Lowe to the Blue Jays from Seattle. Rasmussen was an effective member of the Bisons’ bullpen. He had a 4-1 mark with a 2.36 ERA in 34 appearances with one start.
Pitchers of record: Greg Burke (3-0) got the win. The reliever stretched out to throw three innings giving up two hits with one walk and five strike outs. Noe Ramirez (4-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings, taking the loss.
Time of game: 3:36
Paid attendance: 13,784
Records: The Bisons are 56-51. Pawtucket is 42-64.
Next up: The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Phillippe Aumont is scheduled to start for the Herd. The series and homestand concludes at 1:05 p.m. Sunday with lefty Jeff Francis scheduled to start for Buffalo.