After being victimized by the home run in a four-game series at Lehigh Valley, the Buffalo Bisons used the long-ball to their advantage Monday night in winning the opener of a three-game series with the Norfolk Tides, 8-1, before 5,579 at Coca-Cola Field.
Reese McGuire hit a grand slam homer to finish off a six-run Bisons rally in the bottom of the seventh inning and break open a tight game before play was interrupted for a half-hour because of rain.
The Bisons had given up 13 homers in losing three of four games against the IronPigs in Allentown, Pa., over the weekend. Monday night, Renato Nunez hit a home run to left in the second inning to get the Tides in front, but they were shut down after that by four Bisons pitchers.
Points of interest: Like the Bisons, the Tides did not come into the series on a high note. Norfolk dropped three out of four at home to the Gwinnett Stripers, including a 9-2 loss in the series finale when they gave up a season-high 20 hits. … Last week the Baltimore Orioles announced the extension of their affiliation with the Tides through the 2020 season. Norfolk has been affiliated with the Birds since 2007.
Noteworthy: Right-hander Brandon Cumpton, who was signed by Toronto on July 5, made his first start of the season for the Bisons. He pitched five innings, giving up only one run, the homer by Nunez. Craig Breslow, Justin Shafer and Zach Stewart kept the Tides hitless the last four frames. Norfolk was limited to four hits overall. Buffalo, on the other hand had 12 hits, three by Gio Urshela and two by Rowdy Tellez who drove intwo of the Bisons’ runs. … McGuire’s slam was the fourth by the Bisons this season and his fifth homer of the season. He raised his RBI total to 25. … When Claudio Custodio made his Buffalo debut pitching two scoreless innings at Lehigh Valley on Sunday, he became the 62nd player to appear in a game for the Bisons this season. … The season series between the clubs is 2-2.
Next: Sean Reid-Foley (5-2, 4.19) will start for the Herd tonight (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.) against Jimmy Yacabonis (3-2, 2.91). Yacabonis pitched against St. Bonaventure in the Atlantic 10 for Saint Joseph’s. He was 2-0 with the Orioles in 2017.