TOLEDO, Ohio — It wasn’t the Triple-A debut Aaron Sanchez wanted. The top-ranked prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays organization was mediocre for the Buffalo Bisons Saturday night, as the Toledo Mud Hens scored five runs in the fifth to earn a 7-2 win at Fifth Third Field.
Sanchez (0-1) pitched to three batters in the fifth before leaving the game. On his final line he gave up five runs, four of them earned, on six hits. He walked four and struck out two.
Sanchez, 21, started the season in Double-A New Hampshire where he went 3-4 with a 3.82 ERA in 14 starts. It was a botched defensive play by Colby Rasmus in the outfield which ended up tagging Sanchez for his first run.
In the fourth inning, Tyler Collins led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on a long fly ball. With two outs, Ben Guez smacked a shot to centerfield that Rasmus should have caught on the warning track. But he missed playing the ball which bounced six feet in front of the wall and then over for a ground rule double. That scored Collins and gave the Mud Hens a 1-0 lead.
Guez then scored on a single from Trevor Crowe for a 2-0 advantage.
Rasmus atoned for the defensive gaffe in the fifth. With two outs, Tyan Goins singled. Mike Nickeas drew a walk and Jonathan Diaz was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Rasmus hit a line drive to right field which scored Goins, and Nickeas had a nifty slide to beat out the tag and tie the game, 2-2.
The Mud Hens then sent 10 batters to the plate in the fifth, scoring five runs, aided by a pair of Bisons’ errors.
Rasmus played his third game with the Bisons while on a Major League Rehabilitation assignment. He has been on the Jays disabled list since May 15 with right hamstring tightness.
The series concludes tonight (6 p.m., Radio 1520) with right-hander Liam Hendriks (6-0, 2.02 ERA) scheduled to start for the Bisons. Toledo will counter with lefty Kyle Lobstein (4-6, 3.84 ERA).
The Herd opens a four-game series in Columbus on Monday. Deck McGuire (3-0, 3.28) is scheduled to get that start for the Herd.