5/29/10

Toledo 5, Buffalo 4

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From Press Release:

Bisons left fielder Andy Green helped to pull the Herd to within one run of the Toledo Mud Hens when he hit his second home run of the season in the ninth inning in today's game at Coca-Cola field. Unfortunately it was not enough as the Herd ultimately fell to the Mud Hens 5-4.


After Green led off the ninth with his solo shot to left field, Mud Hens reliever Jay Sborz preserved the win by retiring the next three batters in order to pick up the save, his tenth of the season.

The Bisons squandered a golden opportunity to break the game open early when center fielder Jesus Feliciano, shortstop Justin Turner and designated hitter Daniel Murphy reached base with three consecutive singles to load the bases with no outs in the first inning.

With the bases loaded the Herd had the league's leader in home runs and RBI at the plate in third baseman Mike Hessman. Hessman was unable to provide the Herd with a big hit as he grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Feliciano who was on third did score but that would prove to be the only run the Herd would score in the inning as first baseman Mike Jacobs flew out to left after Hessman to end the frame.

Hessman would make up for it however as he homered for the third time in three games against his former team. His two run blast to center field now puts his total for home runs up to 17 for the season, three more than Dan Johnson of Toledo who ranks second in the league. Hessman added two RBI to bring his total for the season to 53 which is ten more than second ranked Pedro Alvarez of Indianapolis.

BISONS NOTES: Center fielder Jesus Feliciano went 2-4 today and increased his league high batting average to an astonishing .383. His average is a remarkable 60 points higher than any other player in the International League. The Herd will finish their four game series with the Mud Hens tomorrow at 1:05 when right hander Dylan Owen (1-0, 3.75 ERA) takes on L.J. Gagnier (1-2, 2.76 ERA)

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