Hessman blasts two in win
Mike Jacobs and Mike Hessman had the biggest hits on Tuesday night as they led the Herd to a 9-5 victory over the Durham Bulls. Jacobs had a three-run double and Hessman launched a pair of two-run homers as Buffalo used a key two-out rally to defeat the IL’s top team.
The Bisons scored five runs with two outs in the fourth. Jacobs struck first with a booming double to left field that cleared the bases and tied the score at three. Four pitches later, Hessman hit his fifth home run of the season to drive in Jacobs as well as himself.
The active leader in minor league home runs struck again in the bottom of the eighth inning to clinch the victory. After the Bisons tacked on an insurance run on Jesus Feliciano’s RBI-double, Hessman launched his 317th career minor league home run. This one was clearly his most impressive blast in a Buffalo uniform as it flew past the protective netting in left field and onto Oak St.
Hessman now has six home runs and 18RBI in 18 games with the Bisons.
The Bisons bullpen earned the victory for the Herd as Kiko Calero (2-0) got the win and John Lujan earned his second save. Along with Mike O’Connor the trio combined to toss 4.1 innings of shutout relief.
Dillon Gee started for the Herd and allowed five runs in 4.2 innings of work.