The Buffalo Bisons are showing improvement after a 6-14 start to the International League season, which included a seven-game losing streak.
The Bisons batted around, pounding out seven of their game total of 11 hits in a six-run sixth inning on Sunday. It produced an 8-5 victory over the Norfolk Tides in the opener of what was a supposed to be a doubleheader at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Va.
The second game was postponed because of rain and will be made up on the Tides’ visit to Sahlen Field in June.
The victory left the Herd with a 3-2 record on its Southern trip to Gwinnett and Norfolk. Add the Bisons’ 5-3 mark on the last home stand, and Buffalo is 14-19 for the season and out of last place in the North Division.
After an off day Monday, the Bisons will open a three-game home series against Gwinnett on Tuesday night to be followed by a three-game set against the Louisville Bats starting Friday night.
MLB veteran Ben Revere, a recent free-agent signee by Toronto to a minor league contract, had three hits and three RBIs for the Bisons. He had a hand in all three of Buffalo’s scoring innings. Revere is batting .333 in four games since joining the Bisons.
Another newcomer, Alen Hanson reached base and scored three times.
Home run fever: The Bisons were victimized by homers again. Four of the five Tides’ runs were the result of two-run blasts. Chance Sisco’s homer in the fourth with a man on tied the game at 2-2. After the Bisons’ explosion in the sixth, D.J. Stewart hit one out for two of the Tides’ three runs in the bottom half.
Feieraband gets win: Although Stewart’s homer in the sixth ended his day, lefty Ryan Feierabend picked up his second win in his third start since joining the team in early May. Kirby Snead took over and got the last two outs in the sixth. Justin Shafer pitched the seventh for his fourth save.
Singles Day: All seven of Buffalo’s hits in the winning rally were singles. Anthony Alford started it with one out against Norfolk starter Luis Ortiz.
Saucedo waits: Lefty Taylor Saucedo (2-0) was to make his second start for Buffalo in the second game. His next opportunity should come Tuesday.
Reese halted: Although he walked twice and scored a run, Bisons catcher Reese McGuire saw his hit streak end at seven games.