Pridie is top dog in 11-4 win

Mike Hessman added to his baseball-leading RBI total, but it was Jason Pridie that had all the clutch hits on Monday night.

Pridie collected two-RBI singles and a solo home run as the Herd defeated the Tides, 11-4, at Coca-Cola Field. The outfielder helped Buffalo build a 5-2 lead until the team unloaded for six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.

The win was the Bisons’ third in the four-game series against Norfolk and improved their home record in 2010 to 13-5.

Pridie finished the game 3-5 with three runs scored and three RBI. After the Bisons fell down early, the outfielder brought them back. Down 2-0 in the second, Pridie plated Andy Green with a two-out single to left.

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In the fifth, Pridie tied the game by knocking in Ruben Tejada with a hit to right. The speedster then raced home on a wild pitch to give Buffalo the lead.

Mike Hessman collected his baseball-best 42nd RBI with a double to left to cap the three-run fifth. In the seventh, Pridie went back to work and crushed his third home run of the year to right field.

The Bisons pulled away with six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Russ Adams and Mike Jacobs each hit two-run home runs into the Heron’s Landing Party Deck in right field. Jesus Feliciano also plated a pair with a two-run double.

Pridie was a part of the rally as well with a walk and a run scored.

Dillon Gee worked six innings and allowed just four hits to improve to 4-1 on the season. He struck out seven batters, including back-to-back punchouts in the fifth and sixth innings.

Bobby Parnell worked two and two-third innings while Mike O’Connor got the final out of the game.

With home runs from Jason Pridie, Russ Adams and Mike Jacobs, the Bisons have at least one longball in each of their last 6 games (13 total). Jesus Feliciano had three more hits to raise his league-high .367 batting average.

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