Tonawanda News

July 5, 2013

Bisons lose in bottom of ninth

STAFF REPORTS
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — After being hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the ninth, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's Fernando Martinez brought home the game winning-run on a sacrifice fly, as the RailRiders beat the Buffalo Bisons, 3-2, Friday night in Moosic, Pa.

The Bisons' starting pitcher, Justin Germano, had an outstanding performance on the mound, retiring the first 13 batters he faced before giving up the first of his five hits in the fifth inning. He struck out seven batters and surrendered two earned runs but was a no-decision. Joel Carreno (2-2) took the loss.

The Herd jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Jim Negrych's two-run double. The RailRiders tied the game in the seventh inning when J.R. Murphy singled to score Randy Ruiz, then scored the game-tying run on Brent Lillibridge's base hit.

With the win, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (42-46) completed a two-game sweep of Buffalo (43-44). The Bisons return home today to begin a three-game series against the Syracuse Chiefs. Today's opening pitch at Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Bisons announced that Chien-Ming Wang has joined the team after clearing waivers Friday, and will pitch for the Herd on Sunday in the second game of their scheduled doubleheader against the Chiefs. 

Wang has pitched in 135 major league games for the New York Yankees, Washington Nationals and Toronto Blue Jays. His best seasons in the big leagues were 2006 and 2007, when in both years he won 19 games. He was the runner-up in Cy Young Award voting in 2006, finishing second to Minnesota's Johan Santana. Wang's career record is 62-33 with a 4.34 ERA.