MOOSIC, Pa. — Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scratched out the winning run in the bottom of the ninth on a hit-by-pitch, balk, passed ball and sacrifice fly to beat the Buffalo Bisons, 3-2, before 7,253 at PNC Field on Friday night.
Former Bison Fernando Martinez led off the ninth getting hit on the foot and would come around to score on the fly ball by R.J. Murphy.
The loss drops the Herd to 43-44, the first time they’ve been under .500 all season. Three Scranton pitchers held the Herd to three hits.
The Bisons have scored just eight runs in going 1-4 in the last five games.
Scranton reliever Mike Zagurski (4-1) pitched the ninth to get the win.
The Herd bats were unable to support a solid start by Justin Germano. He retired 15 of the first 16 batters he faced before being touched for two runs in the seventh inning. The RailRiders’ Randy Ruiz broke up Germano’s no-hit bid with a one-out double.
Buffalo scored twice in the top of the first inning. Ryan Goins and Kevin Pillar reached on back-to-back hit-by-pitches before Jim Negrych doubled down the right field line to score them.
The Herd returns home tonight at 7 (Radio 1520 AM) for the first of three games against Syracuse. Thad Weber (3-2, 1.98) is the scheduled starter for Buffalo.
Veteran pitcher Chien-Ming Wing, meanwhile, accepted his outright assignment to Buffalo from Toronto after he cleared waivers and will start for the Bisons in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader against Syracuse. Wang, 33, went 1-1 with a 7.13 ERA in five starts with Toronto after going 4-4, 2.33 for Scranton.