It does not look like the 2016 Buffalo Bisons will go down as the Cardiac Kids.
The Bisons came up short in another late-inning situation Wednesday and dropped a 5-4 decision to the Norfolk Tides at Coca-Cola Field.
Buffalo fell to 1-36 when trailing after eight innings and 2-38 when trailing after seven innings. The Herd is 13-15 in one-run games.
The close defeats are keeping a solid Buffalo team from gaining ground in the rugged North Division of the International League. Buffalo (52-46) stands nine games behind first-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
“There’s no real words for it,” said Bisons outfielder Dalton Pompey. “I feel like we’ve been playing close games. We’ve been playing well for the most part. We’re just coming up on the short end of the stick, I guess. There’s not much you can do but just keep plugging away.”
Light hitting the first six weeks of the season was a problem. The Herd was 3-6 in one-run games in April and batted just .234 as a team the first month. But the Herd has hit .260 since. Yet, late comebacks remain elusive.
“We’ve had many of them, I know; you don’t have to tell me that,” Herd manager Gary Allenson said of the one-run defeats.
Wednesday’s loss was frustrating because Buffalo squandered chances in the last three innings. Down 5-2, the Herd got walks from the bottom two hitters in the order to start the seventh. But they were left stranded at third and second.
In the eighth, David Adams hit a one-out RBI double and then a run scored on a passed ball to pull Buffalo within 5-4. But Adams was left stranded on third.
Pompey led off the ninth with a walk and stole second. But he was stranded there as the next three batters – Ryan Goins, Chris Colabello and Darrell Ceciliani - struck out.
“The difference in the game today was our bats,” Allenson said. “They kind of went silent.”
Buffalo had 10 hits but left nine men on base. The Bisons rank 10th in the IL in batting at .252.