The Buffalo Bisons and Norfolk Tides each cracked eight hits Sunday afternoon at Harbor Park in Norfolk. Va. The Tides, however, made theirs count more and came away with an 8-1 victory over the Herd in the final game of the three-game International League series between the teams.
The Buffalo hits, including a triple and three doubles were worth more bases than Norfolk's, but one of Tides' hits was a homer by Garabez Rosa in the second inning off lower Deck McGuire. Another was a two-run single in their three-run fifth by D.J. Stewart with the bases loaded. It was the kind of clutch hitting the Bisons lacked in dropping to 4-4 for the season. Norfolk is 8-6.
Stranded: The Bisons left runners on base in six of the nine innings, 10 in all. They were 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
Cashing in: The Tides were 4 for 12 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven in all.
Unfinished business: Neither starter, McGuire of the Bisons and David Hess of the Tides was around to get the decision. McGuire left trailing 1-0 after four innings but he had thrown 78 pitches. Hess was yanked with two out in the third with two runners on. He had thrown 69 pitches by then.
Wojo comes through: Asher Wojciechowski, the second Norfolk pitcher picked up the win with four effective innings. He departed in the eighth after giving up Danny Jansen's double that drove in the only Bisons run with two out. Buffalo had another runner thrown out at the plate in the same inning.
Loping along: Triple-A rookie Tim Lopes, the Bisons Player of the Week, went 2 for 4 on Sunday to raise his batting average to .455 (10 for 22). He played third base on Sunday in place of Jason Leblebijian after sitting out Saturday night.
Up next: The Bisons will move on to Durham for a three-game series with the Bulls starting tonight (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.). Right-hander Joe Biagini (0-0, 0.00) will start for the Bisons against righty Forrest Snow (0-1, 2.53) of the Bulls,