TOLEDO, Ohio – The Buffalo Bisons exploded for eight runs in the ninth inning to break a 3-3 tie and take an 11-3 win over the Toledo Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field on Friday night.
Jared Goedert started the inning with a solo home run while Brad Glenn capped it with a two-run shot.
The Mud Hens built a 3-0 lead. It started with a solo home run from Hernan Perez off Bisons starter Kyle Drabek in the first. An RBI single from Ezequiel Carrera added another run in the third while Perez had an RBI double in the fifth.
The Herd tied the game in the sixth, bringing all nine batters to the plate. Buffalo got on the board thanks to an RBI double by Kevin Pillar. A single from A.J. Jimenez scored two more to tie the game.
Colby Rasmus made his second appearance with the Bisons during his major league rehabilitation stint. The Toronto Blue Jays outfielder went 0 for 3, leaving the game after his third at-bat per the pregame plan. He played five innings in center field Friday. In his two games with the Herd (he was the designated hitter Thursday), Rasmus has gone 1 for 6.
Mike Hessman returned to Toledo’s lineup after sitting a week with an injury. The slugger went 2 for 4 and still remains tied with Bisons legend Ollie Carnegie for most career home runs in the International League with 258.
Tonight, Aaron Sanchez will make his Triple-A debut with the Bisons as the Herd continues the series in Toledo (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). The 21-year-old right-handed starting pitcher is the No. 1 prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Sanchez was picked in the first round by the Blue Jays in the 2010 draft with the 34th overall pick.
He began the season in Double-A New Hampshire where he went 3-4 in 14 starts with a 4.82 ERA. He struck out 57 batters while giving up just 52 hits in 66 innings pitched.
Toledo will counter with lefty Duane Below (4-1, 4.02 ERA).
The series concludes Sunday with right-hander Liam Hendriks (6-0, 2.02) scheduled to start for the Herd.