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 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’s offense finally broke through and got into the IronPigs bullpen but Andrew Loewen struck out the side in the ninth to end the game.
In and out of a jam (almost): 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 on a 2-2 pitch Canzler belted a triple to the gap in right center field to clear the bases and give the IronPigs 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 to right field was misplayed by right fielder Brian Bogusevic.
Hassan stays hot: Alex Hassan had 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.
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Paid attendance: 5,733
Pitchers of record: Norris took the loss falling to 1-7. Nola got the win improving to 2-0.
Up next: The series and 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 was scheduled to start for the IronPigs, but after being designated for assignment by the Phillies, he elected free agency.