The Buffalo Bisons (12-5) scratched out a couple of runs and reliever Jeff Beliveau worked his way out of a seventh-inning jam to give the Herd a 2-1 victory and a split of their International League doubleheader with the Norfolk Tides Wednesday night at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Va.
Left-hander Chris Lee shut out the Bisons on five hits over his six innings in Norfolk’s 4-0 victory in the opener. Lee struck out four before turning things over to closer Jimmy Yacabonis in the seventh. Between the two of them they stopped the Bisons in a swift 1 hour and 32 minutes.
The second game was a makeup of last Thursday’s rainout of the series finale between the teams at Coca-Cola Field so the Bisons acted as the home team in the nightcap.
They all count: The Bisons got single runs in the fourth and fifth inning of their victory. Singles by Darrell Ceciliani and Dwight Smith Jr. and a walk filled the bases with no outs. Ceciliani scored as Rowdy Tellez was hitting into a double play. Christian Lopes sent the other run home when he hit into a force play with the bases loaded.
Escape route: Henry Urrutia led off the Norfolk sixth with a home run to center field to make it 2-1. Against Beliveau in the seventh, a one-out single by Francisco Pena, a wild pitch and walk to Michael Choice with two out looked like trouble, but Logan Schafer grounded weakly to Beliveau to end it.
Grube gets win: Right-hander Jarrett Grube (2-1), pitched five shutout innings but left in the sixth after giving up the homer to Urrutia and a walk to Johnny Giovatella. Beliveau got a force out and a double play to get out of the inning.
Santos loses: Right-hander Luis Santos made his first start for the Bisons and took the loss. He gave up all four Tides runs in four innings, allowing five hits. One of the hits was a two-run homer by David Washington in the three-run fourth. Norfolk took the lead with a run in the first when Urrutia led off with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Pedro Alvarez.
Big Two Attack: Lopes had three of the Bisons’ five hits in the opener. Ceciliani had the other two Buffalo hits. Lopes was 4 for 6 on the day, raising his batting average to .311. Ceciliani was 3 for 6 lifting him to .208. They accounted for seven of Buffalo’s 10 hits in the doubleheader.
Up next: The teams are scheduled to play another doubleheader today starting at 12:05, making up Tuesday’s rainout.