Another day, another roster move and another loss for the Buffalo Bisons.
Buffalo failed to protect a late one-run lead and dropped a 4-3 decision in 14 innings to the Norfolk Tides on Friday night.
Buffalo, which has lost six of its last seven games, hopes to stop its sudden free fall down the International League North Division standings during a rematch with the Tides at 7:05 p.m. Saturday (Radio 1520).
The skinny: Nolan Reimold’s single with one out in the bottom of the 14th enabled Paul Janish to score the winning run. Janish led off the inning with a double and then took third on a long fly out.
Henry Urrutia’s single plated Michael Almanzar with the game-tying run with one out in the ninth. The Bisons kept the game alive later in the inning when Reimold made the third out at home trying to score on double to right by Chris Parmelee. Herd right fielder Brad Glenn got the throw into second baseman Steve Tolleson to catcher A.J. Jimenez.
Ducks on the pond: Bisons leave 17 runners on base and only go 3 for 17 with runners in scoring position.
Big Jon: Jonathan Diaz, batting ninth in the order for Buffalo, goes 4 for 6.
Transaction: The parent Toronto Blue Jays called up right-hander Ryan Tepera and optioned righty Chad Jenkins to the Bisons. Tepera was 1-1 with a 0.57 ERA in eight appearances with Buffalo before earning his first promotion to the major leagues.
The transaction was the 44th roster move of the young season for the Herd.
Home away from home: Despite the loss, the Bisons have a 44-25 record all time at Harbor Park. They won three of four last season at Norfolk.
Records: Buffalo 15-13, Norfolk 15-13.
Returns: Scott Copeland is back with the Herd after making his big-league debut with the Blue Jays last weekend. He pitched 3.0 scoreless innings in two appearances with Toronto. With Buffalo, Copeland has a 1.44 ERA, good for third in the IL. Hitters are only batting .148 off Copeland in Triple A.
Matt’s streak: Matt Hague’s hitting streak reached nine games with his fifth-inning RBI single. Coming into Friday, the veteran has hit .290 since April 29.
What’s next: Game two of the series is at 7:05 Saturday. Copeland gets the start for Buffalo against T.J. MacFarland (1-2, 4.24).