The Buffalo Bisons scored four runs in the eighth but the rally fell short as the Herd dropped a 5-4 decision to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at Coca-Cola Field on Wednesday night.
While Herd starter Daniel Norris tied his season high with nine strikeouts, the IronPigs knocked him for eight hits and four runs.
The Bisons’ offense failed to find anything against Lehigh Valley starter Aaron Nola, who took a shutout bid into the eighth. That’s when the Herd finally broke through but reliever Andrew Loewen struck out the side.
In and out of a jam (almost): Daniel Norris started the second poorly giving up a double and a single to put runners on the corners with no outs. He got behind the next batter with three straight balls before working Cord Phelps for the strikeout. He got Jordan Danks to pop up to short, but the IronPigs worked a delayed double steal. Aaron Altherr was safe at second and Russ Canzler broke for home and was safe. That put Lehigh Valley up, 1-0.
In and out of a jam (almost) Part II: In the fifth with one out and the bases loaded, Norris worked a strikeout of Brian Bogusevic. But Canzler belted a 2-2 pitch to the gap in right center field for a triple for a 4-0 lead.
Rally Herd: The Bisons scored four runs in the eighth. Sean Ochinko had an RBI single. With no outs and runners on the corners, Melky Mesa grounded out into a double play to score another run and cut the lead to 5-2. Devon Travis and Ramon Santiago drew back-to-back walks and scored when Matt Hague’s hit was misplayed by right fielder Brian Bogusevic.
Hassan stays hot: Alex Hassan had a three hits Wednesday, including a double and is 5 for his last 8 at the plate.
Records: The Bisons are 34-39. Lehigh Valley is 29-45.
Time of game: 2:27.
Paid attendance: 5,733.
Pitchers of record: Norris took the loss falling to 1-7. Nola (2-0) got the.
Up next: The homestand concludes at 1:05 Thursday with Matt Boyd (1-1, 2.25 ERA) getting his third Triple-A start. Lehigh Valley will counter with Anthony Vasquez (3-2, 3.16). Phillippe Aumont for the IronPigs, but after being designated for assignment by the Phillies, elected free agency. The Bisons then travel to Moosic, Pa., for a three-game series against IL North leader Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.