With a powerful day at the plate from catcher A.J. Jimenez, the Buffalo Bisons earned a 7-5 win over the Toledo Mud Hens at Coca-Cola Field Wednesday afternoon.
Jimenez went 4 for 4, driving in four runs and scoring two. He scored the go-ahead run in the fifth to make at 6-5 game. He led off the inning with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice from Casey Kotchman and scored on a single from Junior Lake.
Lake, who went 3 for 3, drove Jimenez home again in the seventh to give the Herd a 7-5 lead.
Big first inning: Four singles in the first inning gave the Mud Hens a 2-0 lead. It started with Anthony Gose singled, moved to second a sacrifice bunt and then scored on an RBI single from Chad Huffman. With two outs and the bases loaded Nate Schierholtz hit a sacrifice fly to deep center to score another run.
The Herd answers: The Bisons responded with a triple from Andy Burns and a double from Darrell Ceciliani to cut the lead to 2-1. With two on and two out, A.J. Jimenz singled to center field to score two more runs and give the Herd a 3-2 lead. The lead grew to 5-2 with another two-out, two-run single from Jimenez.
And there goes the lead: Toledo tied the game in the fifth. Starter Roberto Hernandez got the first two hitters to strike out swinging, but then gave up three straight hits including an RBI double to Huffman and a two-run homer to center to Tyler Collins.
Getting out of the seventh: With a 6-5 lead reliever Chad Jenkins gave up a hit and a walk but he got a ground ball to third baseman Matt Dominguez who turned a double play. Jenkins gave up a another walk to put runners on first and second. Manager Gary Allenson brought in Pat McCoy who got the strikeout to end the inning.
Batting around: The Bisons sent all nine batters to the plate in the first inning, the third time this season they have batted around.
A good stretch: It was a rocky first inning for Bisons starter Roberto Hernandez. He gave up two runs on four hits as the Herd went in an early 2-0 hole. He returned to the mound with a 3-2 lead in the second and retired 11 of the next 12 batters before giving up three straight hits in the fifth as Toledo tied the game.
Bullpen notes: Bisons relievers have now only allowed six of 48 inherited runners to score this season.
Travis joins the Herd: Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis is scheduled to join the Herd Thursday as his Major League injury rehabilitation assignment continues. Travis had left shoulder surgery in late October and joined Single-A Dunedin on May 13 to begin his rehab assignment.Travis hit savely in all four games he’s played with a .357 (5-14) average, two doubles, five RBI and a walk. Travis played three games at second base and one as Dunedin’s designated hitter.
Welcome back: It was a familiar position but a different uniform for Anthony Gose in Coca-Cola Field. The centerfielder leadoff for Toledo in his first game with the Mud Hens since he was optioned by the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Gose went 1 for 4 with a run scored, two strike outs on a walk in Wednesday's game. He was hitting .209 with 38 strikeouts in 91 at-bats with Detroit this season. Gose was expected to share time in center field with Cameron Maybin this season but has played more than planned as Maybin was on the disabled list. His return from the DL prompted the Tigers to option to Gose to Triple-A Toledo.
Roster moves: Infielder Andy Burns and reliever Dustin Antolin were both activated before Wednesday's game after returning from making their Major League debuts with the Toronto Blue Jays. Buffalo placed reliever Bobby Korecky on the disabled list.
Counting the house: The official paid attendance was 4,918 and a good number of people too advantage of the warm temperatures.
Up next: The Herd opens a four-game series with the Pawtucket Red Sox at Coca-Cola Field Thursday (6:05 p.m.) Righty Chris Leroux (1-3, 3.00) is scheduled to start for the Herd. The rotation will continue with Drew Hutchison on Friday and Scott Diamond on Saturday. Pawtucket's probables have not been announced.