Niagara Gazette — BUFFALO — Bisons catcher A.J. Jiminez beat the tag at home plate to score the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, as Buffalo (29-29) closed out its home series with Toledo by beating the Mud Hens, 5-4, at Coca-Cole Field late Friday.
It was a play set up beginning with Jimenez’s single to get on base. He then took second on Matt Tuiasosopo’s single. Both runners then advanced on a well-placed sacrifice bunt by Andy LaRoche, setting up Kenny Wilson, whose hit toward the pitcher’s mound was played by Chad Smith, whose throw to home arrived a little too late for James McCann to make the tag.
“That was an unbelievable jump,” said Bisons manager Gary Allenson about the run home by Jimenez. “We were going on contact but he still had movement going there and he was on his way as soon as the ball hit the bat.”
The Mud Hens (29-33) took the 1-0 lead in the top of the first and struck early. After Bisons starter Sean Nolin got leadoff hitter Brandon Douglas to fly out to right, Ben Guez fired a solid shot over the left field fence for a home run.
Nolin retired the next two batters and his teammates responded with their own scoring in the bottom of the inning. Darin Mastroianni singled to get on base, then stole second. After Ryan Goins and Jared Goedert struck out, Dan Johnson smacked a shot to right center that landed atop the party tent beyond the wall, putting the Herd ahead, 2-1.
That lead lasted until the top of the fourth inning. After Toledo’s Mike Hessman walked to get aboard, the Bisons changed pitchers and brought in Ryan Rowland-Smith, who then walked James McCann. Wade Gaynor followed with a single to load the bases.