After collecting just five hits in eight-plus innings off fill-in starter Jason Jones, the Herd wished the deal never went down.
The Bisons didn't get to the right-hander until the ninth-inning but by then it was to late as the Wings beat the Herd 5-2 Saturday night at Frontier Field.
The Bisons didn't put a runner on base until two outs in the fourth inning when Jesus Feliciano lined a base hit up the middle. Jones' only strikeouts on the evening came in the fifth inning when he struck out the side. Chip Ambres' two-out double in the seventh inning was the only runner the Bisons had in scoring position until the ninth inning.
Andy Green's two-run homer in the top of the ninth drew the Bisons to within three and brought an end to Jones' night. The former Yankee product needed only 87 pitches (60 strikes) to get through eight-plus innings.
After starting the year in the Wings rotation, Jones was sent to the bullpen after a 2-10 record and 6.60 ERA to start to the season. He got the call on Saturday after Pino was the player-to-be-named later in the trade that saw Carl Pavano go to the Twins. The spot start was just the second start in his last 11 appearances.
The Bisons used a spot starter of their own as Jose Sanchez made his Triple-A debut on Saturday for the Herd. Sanchez started the year in Binghamton and went 1-6 with a 6.88 ERA in 10 starts with the B-Mets. Unfortunately for the 25-year-old right-hander, he fell ill with mononucleosis and missed all of June and July. Sanchez made the start for RHP Lance Broadway, who was promoted to New York on Wednesday.
Sanchez allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings in his Bisons debut.
The Red Wings jumped on Sanchez for three runs in the second inning. Drew Butera and Jason Pridie knocked home runs with RBI singles and a wild pitch scored Matt Macri.
The Wings tacked on runs in the fifth and sixth on solo home runs from Pridie and Trevor Plouffe.
The Bisons look to win the series Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. The Herd will send Chris Mason to the mound looking for a repeat performance of his first start when he threw seven shutout innings against Scranton.
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