(bisons.com)- A controversial call in the top of the 11th gave the Herd its ninth loss in its last 11 games and the Toledo Mud Hens a series opening 5-4 win Tuesday night at Coca-Cola Field.
With a runner at second and one out, Toledo's Eugenio Suarez's single off of Ryan Tepera to left field led to the play at the plate which resulted in Toledo's win and Manager Gary Allenson's departure from the game.
It looked as if Bisons catcher A.J. Jimenez tagged the Toledo base runner's arm to keep the game tied at four, but the call was ruled that Ezequiel Carrera slid under Jimenez's glove to score the eventual game-winning run.
Allenson was fuming after the controversial call.
"I thought Jimenez tagged him on the sleeve," Allenson said on the call that led to his ejection. "[The umpire] wasn't in position to see the tag. He was behind the play. It's the potential winning run right there. It's not like I'm not going to come out and argue that."
In a contest with two of the lower tiered hitting teams in the International League, the Toledo Mud Hens and the Buffalo Bisons put on an offensive minded game in the series opener between the two teams.
Toledo started the scoring in the third. With runners at second and third after a wild pitch by Herd starter Liam Hendriks, Hernan Perez crushed his second home run of the year. Perez gave a shot on a high and inside 1-1 pitch that carried over the left field wall.
Buffalo came back with a three-run inning of their own in the bottom half of the third. Jonathan Diaz singled in Brett Carroll after Carroll advanced to third off an errand throw by Toledo catcher James McCann. Darin Mastroianni then cleaned up the bases after hitting a two-run shot over the left field wall to rid Toledo's lead.
Buffalo found the scoreboard again in the fourth off of one swing of the bat. Dan Johnson led off the inning by connecting on his 11th homer of the year. Johnson gave the ball a ride that was just able to fight off the wind coming in from right to make it over the fence and give Buffalo its first lead.
Toledo evened the scoring in the sixth. Perez scored off Eugenio Suarez's sacrifice fly to center after reaching third on a stand up triple. It was Perez's second run scored in his impressive four-hit night' at Coca-Cola Field.
On the mound, both starters went deep into the game for their clubs. Mud Hens starter Duane Below allowed four runs off six hits and struck out three in seven innings of work. Hendriks pitched through the eighth, also allowing four runs off six hits, but struck out six in his first game back since his stint with the Blue Jays.
Toledo's Mike Hessman was not in the lineup for Tuesday's game. The Mud Hens first baseman is currently tied with former Bisons outfielder Ollie Carnegie for the IL home run record at 258 international league home runs.
The two clubs resume their four game series tomorrow at Coca-Cola Field with first pitch at 7:05pm.