The Buffalo Bisons dropped their third straight game Tuesday for their first official losing skid of the season. The Norfolk Tides scored in the top of the ninth for a 1-0 win over the Herd at Coca-Cola Field
The winning run: In the ninth inning with runners at first and third and two outs, Chris Parmelee knocked a single to right off reliever Colt Hynes. There was bit of bad luck in the inning when with two outs, Christian Walker hit a pitch back to reliever Ryan Tepera. The ball bounced off his glove and died on the infield grass. Tepera was charged with the error and the play put runners on the corners with two outs.
Wolfpack: Randy Wolf continued his impressive performance on the mound this season, pitching seven scoreless innings against his former team. Wolf, who won his first three starts, dropped his ERA to 1.57. He gave up six hits with three walks and five strikeouts, throwing 95 pitches in his longest outing of the season. Wolf has been strong when he’s had hiccups. Opponents are batting just 1 for 19 against Wolf with runners in scoring position. The Tide went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position against Wolf Tuesday night.
Double play ball: Wolf pitched seven innings, his longest outing of the season. He got into trouble in that seventh with as a sacrifice and a one-out walk put runners on first and second. But Wolf got Christian Walker to ground into a double play, turned adeptly by Munenori Kawasaki and Andy Burns to end the inning and keep the game scoreless.
Oh what a relief: While Luis Perez had shaky outing in the seventh, Ryan Tepera picked him up. Perez relieved Wolf in the seventh and gave up back-to-back singles to start the inning. He got one out when Henry Urrutia grounded out to second. Enter Tepera with one out and runners on the coners. Tepera got Jayson Nix to pop out to second then struck out Michael Almanzar to end the inning and keep the game scoreless.
Hit streak continues: Andy Burns doubled in his first at-bat on Tuesday extending his hitting streak to five games.
Stranded: The Herd had scoring opportunities in the seventh and eighth, but both times left runners stranded at first and second. In the seventh Andy Wilkins singled and Chris Colabello drew a walk with one out but Brad Glenn and Kawasaki both struck out to end the inning. In the eighth, A.J. Jimenez drew a lead-off walk and Ezequiel Carrera had a one-out single but Andy Burns struck out and Matt Hague grounded out to the pitcher.
Roster moves: With Jose Reyes placed on the disabled list with a cracked rib, the Toronto Blue Jays selected the contract of infielder Jonathan Diaz. In his last nine games with the Bisons, Diaz hit .231 (6 for 26) with two doubles. Outfielder Chris Dickerson was activated off the temporary inactive list for the Bisons.
Pitchers of record: Pedro Beato (2-0) picked up the win for Norfolk while Ryan Tepera (1-1) took the loss for the Herd.
Time of game: 2:32
Paid attendance: 4,459
Records: Bisons 12-7, Norfolk 11-8.
Next up: The series continues Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. with righty Chad Jenkins (1-1, 3.55 ERA) scheduled to start against righty Eddie Gamboa (1-1, 5.40 ERA).