IronsPigs split with Herd

The Herd lost their second straight game against the IronPigs at Coca-Cola Park on Tuesday night by a 2-1 score. The back-to-back losses means that Buffalo could only earn a split of the four-game series against the International League North division rivals.

Buffalo still has not one a series in five tries at Lehigh Valley after the IronPigs debuted in 2008. The Bisons won the first two games of the series over the weekend, but fell 6-3 on Monday night. Tuesday’s loss meant a series victory will have to wait until the Herd returns to Pennsylvania in August.

Buffalo could only muster one run in the Tuesday’s series finale. Mike Hessman’s two-out single in the first inning plated newcomer Daniel Murphy for the game’s first run. For Hessman, the knock gave him his league-leading 49th RBI on the season.

Lehigh Valley answered quickly in the bottom of the first on John Mayberry’s RBI-single. In the fourth, the IronPigs pushed across a second run on Melvin Dorta’s two-out hit into center off Herd starter Pat Misch. That proved to be the game-winner.

Drew Carpenter and two IronPig relievers held the Bisons to just six hits in the loss. Misch suffered his first loss of the season for Buffalo to fall to 4-1. The southpaw allowed just two runs in six innings of work.

In his first action since his month-long stay with the Mets, Manny Acosta threw two shutout innings for Buffalo.

BISONS NOTES: Daniel Murphy’s action was just his second career Triple-A game. Murphy played one game with New Orleans in August, 2008 but was promoted to New York for his major league debut a day later. He finished Tuesday’s game 1-4 with a run scored…Mike Cervenak was 1-4 at the plate and has now hit safely in each of his three games since being activated off the disabled list…Pat Misch picked up his first hit of the season with a fifth-inning single.

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