The Bisons fell down early and couldn't cash in on a number of chances in a 7-3 loss to the Tides on Thursday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field. With the win, Norfolk closed out a 3-1 series victory over the Herd in Buffalo.
The Bisons fell down 6-0 after three and a half innings, but it never felt like the International League's best offense was out of the game. The Herd had base runners all contest, but just couldn't get the clutch hit when needed. Buffalo went 2-15 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base.
The Bisons put the first two men on base in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but scored in just one of those rallies. Luis Jimenez upped his IL-leading RBI total to 32 with an RBI-single in the fifth. However, that frame ended when Norfolk reliever Chris Jones struck out Andy LaRoche and Ryan Langerhans with two men on.
Eugenio Velez and Mike McCoy led off the sixth with walks but Jones retired the next three batters in order. In the seventh, Moises Sierra was hit by a pitch and Jimenez walked and another rally looked like it was starting. This time, reliever Adam Russell set down the next three in order to stop another Herd comeback attempt.
Aside from Jimenez's hit, the only other knock with runners in scoring position was Velez's bases-loaded single to left field that got the Bisons on the board in the fourth inning.
Norfolk built the six-run lead with four in the third inning and two more in the fourth. Nieuman Romero and Jonathan Schopp homered for the Tides.
The loss for Buffalo went to Miguel Batista, who allowed six runs in 3.2 innings of work.