MOOSIC, P.A. (From Bisons.com)- Justin Germano gave all he had in a seven inning effort, but the Herd bats managed just three hits as the Bisons fell to Scranton Wilkes-Barre 3-2 Friday night.
The right-hander a perfect game going and retired 13 consecutive batters before Dan Johnson's double in the fifth inning.
Germano was dominant throughout his outing and allowed just two runs in his final inning and five hits, while striking out seven.
In the bottom of the ninth inning with a runner on first, Randy Ruiz hit a long fly ball to center field for an out. But, Herd reliever Joel Carreno was called for a balk by the umpire just before the hit and the pitch did not count.
Bisons manager Marty Brown decided to intentionally walk Ruiz and bring in the left-hander Tommy Hottovy against lefty hitter Dan Johnson.
Hottovy got Johnson out and then Brown changed hands again, bringing in Brad Lincoln to the mound.
Lincoln threw a fastball to catcher Ramon Hernandez, but the veteran could not handle the pitch and the Scranton base runners advanced to second and third. JR Murphy then hit a fly ball to right field, allowing Martinez to tag up from third and end the game in favor of Scranton.
Buffalo's run support was not there for Germano. The Bisons struggled to get on the base paths and had just two hits between the third and ninth innings, while managing just three hits total on the night.
The Herd jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning after a two-run double by Jim Negrych scored Ryan Goins and Kevin Pillar, who both were hit by Scranton pitcher Jose Ramirez.
Scranton got within one run in the bottom of the seventh inning after a fly ball single to left field by Murphy scored Ruiz to cut Buffalo's lead to 2-1. Murphy advanced to second base on the throw to the plate.
Brent Lillibridge tied the game at two in the next at-bat with a single down the right field line.
Carreno was credited with the loss on the night, his second of the season after allowing a run and a walk in one inning of work.
Bisons Notes:The Bisons dropped below the .500 mark for the first time this season...The Herd lost its second straight road game and are now 25-23 on the road on the season...Justin Germano made his team-leading 16th start for the Bisons...Buffalo returns home Saturday for a three game series against Syracuse.