Buffalo 3, Toledo 4: Schimpf's Two Solo Shots Aren't Enough

Bisons’ third baseman Ryan Schimph needed only two pitches to hit two solo home runs Friday night against the Toledo Mud Hens. However, a Toledo two-run shot off the bat of Steven Moya proved to be the difference in the 4-3 Buffalo loss.

Moya put on a show throughout the game, going 3-5 with a single, double and home run. One of his two outs made was a deep fly ball caught with almost no room left on the warning track. Moya came up in the top of the ninth inning with bases loaded and a chance to add to the lead he already created, but grounded out to second ending the rally. Moya’s home run ball left his bat at 113 MPH. Baseball America ranks Moya the second best prospect in the Detroit Tigers’ (Toledo’s MLB affiliate) organization.

The game deciding home run came off of Bisons’ reliever Colt Hynes. Hynes only recorded one out in his relief appearance. He walked a batter that would remain on base for the eventual dagger Mud Hens’ dinger. Buffalo’s starter Randy Wolf didn’t have his best stuff, but escaped with an acceptable line—5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO).

The Bisons couldn’t make any noise in the eighth or ninth, going down in order in both innings. The two teams play tomorrow in the third of a four game set. The game is at Coca Cola Field, first pitch 5:05 p.m.

Mascot Race

It’s hard to be cocky when you’ve literally never won a race, but Celery proved he was capable of bragging tonight. The stalk stole the championship belt out of the gate, maintaining the lead for the majority of the race. That is until Chicken Wing came back for his belt and the victory. Celery again remains winless on the year.