Hit parade continues march
The Herd continued their dominance at the home of the IL South’s Tides with a 12-9 victory on Saturday night. Buffalo pounded out 22 hits, including five each from Jesus Feliciano and Mike Jacobs, for their second straight victory over Norfolk.
With the victory, the Bisons improved to an amazing 34-16 all-time at Harbor Park -good for a ******** .680 winning percentage. The team has lost just one of 12 series in Norfolk and Saturday’s win ensured them of at last a split of this year’s four-game set.
After scoring 11 in the series opener on Friday, the Bisons offense wasted no time getting back on the board a night later. Feliciano collected two of his five hits for the game in the first inning as the Herd brought six runs home. Jacobs, Mike Hessman, Mike Cervenak, Andy Green, J.R. House and Feliciano all drove in runs in the frame.
As the Tides fought back, Jacobs kept the Bisons one step ahead. He singled and scored in the second inning and then doubled in former-Tide Justin Turner in the sixth. Still, Norfolk closed the early lead with two in the fifth and three more in the sixth to make 8-7 Buffalo.
That’s as close as it would get, however, as Feliciano and Jacobs went back to work in the ninth inning. After another RBI-hit from House, Feliciano singled through the left side to help Buffalo load the bases. Jacobs then tripled home three when he lined one past centerfielder Matt Angle.
Feliciano finished the game 5-6 with two runs scored and an RBI. Jacobs was 5-6 with two runs scored and five RBI.
After not having a five-hit game from a player in almost five years, the Bisons have had three five-hit performances in the last week. Feliciano also had five hits on Sunday against Toledo.
The win for Buffalo went to Dylan Owen (2-1). He allowed six runs in five innings.
BISONS NOTES The Bisons are now 6-2 in their last eight road games. The stretch has pulled them to an even .500 (13-13) on the road this season…The two squads combined for 37 hits as the Tides also had 15 knocks…Jacobs has now averaged .472 (17-36) in his nine starts as the team’s designated hitter…After playing for three hours and 29 minute on Friday night, Saturday’s nine-inning marathon lasted three hours and 49 minutes. It’s the longest nine-inning game in the team’s modern era.