One Buffalo Bisons streak ended while another continued on Tuesday night.
Nick Evans stretched his hitting streak to 18 games, but the Bisons' four-game winning streak came to a close after a 6-3 loss to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at Coca-Cola Field.
Evans went 2 for 4 with a single and a home run, but Lehigh Valley starter Ryan Feierabend struck out seven in a game that saw Herd manager Tim Teufel ejected in the sixth inning for arguing a call at the plate.
"The hitting streak is kind of a non-factor for me, I'm just trying to have good at bats and be productive," Evans said. "If the hits come, then they come."
Evans added, "I'd rather go 0 for 4 with four RBIs than get a hit to extend the streak," which considering the way things have fallen for him lately isn't out of the realm of possibility.
Evans extended his hit streak with a sharp single up the middle in the first inning, tying Brandon Phillips (2004), Jeromy Burnitz (1995) and Les Norman (1997) for the sixth longest streak in the club's modern era. Evans came into the night with a .477 average with 10 doubles, two home runs, 14 RBIs and 14 runs scored during the streak.
Only four Bisons have reached at least a 20 game hit streak in the modern era, with Alex Ramirez setting the club record of 28 in 1998.
"Nick Evans is hot and is playing great," Teufel said. "He's been the bat in our lineup for the last three weeks with purely giving us great at-bats every time up. He's very confident at this point."
The IronPigs manufactured a bizarre run in the sixth inning with John Mayberry, Jr. on second. Brandon Moss singled but over shot first base and was caught in a run down. Evans appeared to tag out Moss, who fired home to get Mayberry, but home plate umpire Gerard Ascani ruled him safe.
Teufel argued the call and was ejected then once he realized Moss was safe, he attempted to make a case with first base umpire Jon Merry to no avail.
"Replays showed that [Mayberry] got his foot in their so it was a good call by Gerard," Teufel said. "When you point to the area where you think the tag was displayed, that's when you get tossed. He didn't like the fact that I went up to corner and showed him where I thought the tag was. I just asked Jon what he saw and he said the tag fell short and he never really tagged him. For both umpires, they got the calls right."
Lehigh Valley got to Bisons starter Jack Egbert early. Egbert was claimed by the Mets off waivers during the 2010 off-season but suffered an arm injury in spring training. He spent 191 games on the Bisons' disabled list over the last season and a half and in his first start last Thursday in Durham, he allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss. On Tuesday, Egbert worked five innings and allowed three runs on four hits with one strikeout and a pair of walks.
He walked Jeff Larish to start the second and Tagg Bozied parked a fastball over the fence in left center for a 3-0 lead. Lehigh Valley started the game with back-to-back singles but Egbert forced Mayberry to hit into a double play. Egbert threw a wild pitch while walking Brandon Moss and Rich Thompson scored from third for a 1-0 IronPigs lead.