It was a second eighth-inning disaster in a row for the Buffalo Bisons on Tuesday night in a 7-5 loss to the Toledo Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.
After six runs in the eighth by Syracuse on Sunday turned a two-run game into a rout, the Bisons surrendered the lead and the game in a four-run Toledo eighth. Buffalo is 0-44 when losing going into the ninth inning this season.
The Mud Hens’ winning rally came with just two hits, one of which did not leave the infield. A throwing error by first baseman Rowdy Tellez on a play at the plate and two bases-loaded walks by reliever Ty Tice eased the way for Toledo.
Adding to it, manager Bobby Meacham was ejected by plate umpire Dan Merzel for complaining about balls and strikes calls during an injury delay after Ronny Rodriguez of the Mud Hens drove a ball off the leg of Matt Dermody.
Earlier, Bisons starter Zach Jackson balked home a run that allowed Toledo to close to 4-3.
The Bisons had plenty of offense. They had 12 hits, including three by Billy McKinney, and two each by Jonathan Davis, Tellez and Patrick Kivlehan. Tellez had a pair of doubles and Kivlehan tripled home a run in the first.
However, Buffalo left eight runners on base and lost three others when the Bisons hit into double plays. Also, Richard Urena was caught in a rundown for the first out of the opening inning after his RBI single.
Right-hander T.J. Zeuch (3-1, 4.93) will start for the Herd on Wednesday (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.). Brock Stewart, the scheduled starter on Tuesday, was called up to Toronto on Monday.