Twice starting pitcher Matt Tracy pitched out of bases-loaded, no-out situations with limited damage, and Rowdy Tellez hit a late-game tying home run. Those heroics went for naught Wednesday afternoon in the Buffalo Bisons’ 5-4 loss to the Norfolk Tides.
A crowd of 10,074, including bus loads of youngsters from summer camps, saw the finale of the three-game series between the teams at sun-drenched Coca-Cola Field.
Tracy still has not registered a decision in three starts for the Herd. Each time he left with the lead or tied only to have Buffalo go on to lose.
The 29-year-old left-hander gave up two runs in the second inning when he hit a batter with the bases full. A second run crossed as the Bisons were turning a double play. Tracy minimized the damage in the sixth, too. He gave up a run when the Herd turned another double play with the bases full. Then he got a strikeout to end the inning.
Points of interest: Norfolk took the lead in the top of the eighth when Andrew Susac hit a home run with the bases-empty. However, Tellez knotted it again with his seventh homer of the season to lead off the bottom of the eighth against Tides reliever Lucas Long. … Norfolk scored the winning run with the help of the minor-league tie-breaker in the 10th on an RBI single by Garabez Rosa with two out. In the bottom of the 10th, Norfolk’s D.J. Stewart caught Richard Urena’s drive to right just short of the fence with the speedy Jonathan Davis on second. … Top prospect Vlad Guerrero Jr. may have moved a step closer to joining the Bisons with the news that he was activated from the disabled list (knee) by Class AA New Hampshire to play tonight against the Harrisburg Senators just in time for big Fisher Cats promotions.
Noteworthy: Urena had three hits including an RBI double that put the Bisons in front, 3-2 in the fifth. He extended his hit streak to 10 games. “[He’s] stretching singles into doubles, making plays [and] really doing some good things at the plate,” said manager Bobby Meacham.
Next: The Bisons open a four-game series against South Division leading Durham tonight (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.). … Thomas Pannone (0-1, 5.11) will start for Buffalo against Yonny Chirinos (0-2, 5.61).