The temperature has been rising but the batting averages are dipping for the Buffalo Bisons.
After finishing the month of April in first place, the Herd have won just once since the calendar flipped to May. The main reason for that is that the Bisons have had trouble scoring since dropping a 9-7 decision to Louisville at Coca-Cola Field on May 1.
The trend continued Saturday night as the Herd dropped a 1-0 decision to the Norfolk Tides in 11 innings. It’s Buffalo’s second extra-inning game of the season and follows Friday night’s 14-inning marathon. Over the last 25 innings, the Herd have scored just three runs.
The skinny: Paul Parmalee’s walk-off single plated Paul Janish with the winning run for the Tides. It’s the second time in as many nights that Janish has scored the winning run as Buffalo’s losing streak hit five games. The Herd stranded 10 runners and went 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position. It’s the seventh time Buffalo has lost via shutout in 2015.
Pop-gun offense: The Bisons have scored just five runs over their last five games. They have scored 10 runs over their last seven games, a big reason they’re just 1-6 in that stretch. Meanwhile, the Bisons’ pitching staff continues to give the team a chance to win. Buffalo’s 2.66 earned-run average is the best in the International League.
Hit machine: Matt Hague extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He entered the game with the second longest-active streak in the International League.
Hague is batting .433 (13 for 30) since April 29 with two doubles, four RBI and three runs scored.
Cruel game: After becoming the fourth Bison this season to have a four-hit game, shortstop Jonathan Diaz followed Friday’s 4-for-6 effort at Harbor Park with a 0-for-4 day.
Nostalgia: The Bisons’ 14-inning game Friday was the Herd’s longest game since winning a 1-0 14-inning affair June 23, 2013 over Durham. Friday’s loss also was the first time they lost when leading after the seventh or eighth inning.
Crafty lefty: Randy Wolf was definitely on his game during his team-best sixth start of the season. The lefty yielded just four hits and struck three in seven innings of work to lower his IL-leading ERA to 1.00.
Records: Bisons 15-14, Norfolk 16-13.
What’s next: The Bisons close out their six-game road trip and a three-game set against Norfolk at 1 p.m. Sunday (1520 AM). Andrew Albers (1-4, 2.86 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Bisons against Eddie Gamboa (1-1, 3.96).
The Bisons open a seven-game homestand Monday night against Durham.