Right-hander Sean Reid-Foley has developed into the Buffalo Bisons stopper this season. When the Herd is in a losing funk, the 22-year-old right-hander usually is the pitcher to bail them out.
Tuesday night at Coca-Cola Field, Reid-Foley allowed just one hit, a first-inning home run by D.J. Stewart, in six innings, and the Herd went on to a 7-1 victory over the Norfolk Tides before an announced crowd of 6,233.
Five of Reid-Foley's six wins have followed a loss or a losing streak. Of the 15 games the Herd has won since June 10, Reid-Foley has pitched in seven of them, six wins and one no-decision.
Darnell Sweeney doubled home one run and the other came home on a sacrifice fly by Dalton Pompey as the Bisons took the lead, 2-1, in the second inning. A single by Richard Urena, a stolen base and a Norfolk error produced another run in the fifth before the Bisons broke it open with three in the sixth.
Points of interest: Pompey was reassigned to the Bisons on Tuesday from Double-A New Hampshire after he a brief rehab assignment with Dunedin in the Florida State League. ... The Bisons put International League all-star infielder Jason Leblebijian on the disabled list retroactive to July 14.
Noteworthy: The home run ball is hurting the Bisons. Starting with the eighth inning of last Friday's 10-inning loss at Lehigh Valley, 19 of next 24 runs the Herd allowed came on 12 homers. ... Reid-Foley, who left after throwing 100 pitches (59 strikes), has 58 strikeouts and 21 walks in 49.1 innings as a Bisons starter. Before that he won his first four April starts at New Hampshire. He's been a double-digit winner for three straight seasons.
Next: The Bisons and Tides will wrap up their six-game season series this afternoon (Radio 1520, 1:05 p.m.) with lefty Matt Tracy (0-0, 1.64) making his second start for the Bisons against right-hander Matt Wotherspoon (2.6, 4.78) of the Tides. Buffalo will open a four-game home series against the Durham Bulls on Thursday night. Wotherspoon, who pitched at Pitt, was traded from the Yankees organization in the middle of the 2017 season.