The three-game losing skid came to an end for the Buffalo Bisons, Wednesday, as the Herd scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning for a 2-1 win over the Norfolk Tides at Coca-Cola Field.
Taking advantage: The Herd took a 2-1 lead in the eighth by taking advantage of Norfolk miscues. It started when Caleb Gindl drove a hit deep to left but Tides’ outfielder Chris Parmelee misplayed the ball and Gindl reached second on the error. Ezequiel Carrera placed a bunt back to relief pitcher Michael Bowden, but Bowden slipped trying to field the ball and runners were safe at the corners. After Andy Burns popped out to short, the Tides were attempting to walk Matt Hague, but the ball got away from catcher Rossmel Perez and Gindl scored on the passed ball.
Scoring drought ends: With an RBI double from Matt Hague in the first, the Bisons ended a 19-inning scoreless stretch. It was the Herds’ first run since scoring in the eighth inning on Sunday in Lehigh Valley.
Start it with two: The Herd’s 1-0 lead was short lived as Norfolk tied the game in the second thanks to three consecutive base hits with two outs.
Strong starters: Chad Jenkins had a quality start for the Herd, giving up one run in six innings with three strikeouts. That was the ninth quality start for Bisons’ pitchers this season. As a group, the Herds’ rotation entered Wednesday’s game with a 2.41 ERA while yielding just three home runs in 19 starts.
Streak ended: Andy Burns saw his five-game hitting streak end Wednesday. He went 0 for 3 with a walk.
Roster moves: Todd Redmond will get his first start for the Bisons on Thursday after being designated for assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays on April 16. Redmond, who spent all of last season with the Blue Jays, appeared in two games for Toronto this year allowing eight runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He pitched for the Bisons in 2013 going 3-1 with a 5.06 ERA in five starts and one relief outing.
The Herd also added infielder Kevin Nolan, who drove in six runs and hit .304 in 15 games with Double-A New Hampshire. Nolan made his Triple-A debut with the Bisons last year, hitting .239 while driving in three runs in 21 games.
The moves come after the Bisons put two players in the disabled list – outfielder Chris Dickerson and relief pitcher Bobby Korecky.
Canadian at par: The Bisons announced they will extend their promotion of accepting Canadian cash at par through Sunday, May. 17. Canadian cash in denominations of $20 or lower will be accepted at par with the American dollar in all areas of the ballpark including concessions stands, ballpark gift shops, Pettibones Grille and the Coca-Cola Field Box Office.
Pitchers of record: Steve Delabar (1-0) picked up the win pitching a scoreless eighth inning while Bo Schultz earned his fourth save. Michael Bowden (1-1) took the loss.
Time of game: 2:24
Paid attendance: 4,326
Records: Bisons 13-7, Norfolk 11-9
Next up: The series concludes at 1:05 p.m. Thursday. Todd Redmond will start for the Bisons while Tyler Wilson (1-2, 3.00) will start for Norfolk.