Bisons start homestand strong
Nick Evans delivered a seventh-inning two-out base hit to give the Bisons the lead and the win over Norfolk at Coca-Cola Field on Friday Night, 4-2.
Bubba Bell slapped a single into right-field with one-out in the seventh, after Luis Figueroa flew-out Evans strolled to the plate. Bell managed to steal second, and then move to third on a wild-pitch. The stolen base was Bell’s second on the year.
Evans drove a single through the gap in right-center-field scoring Bell easily from third. The single extended Evans hit-streak to 14-games, the Herd’s longest active streak.
“It’s a, 3-2, count, I think the pitcher threw him a slider and Evans stayed on it and delivered once again,” manager Tim Teufel said.
The Bisons got on the board first in the bottom of the first-inning when Zach Lutz drove a home run over the right-center-field wall. It was his fourth homerun of the season and pushed his average to .326 in 27 games with the Bisons. In 14-games since being activated off the disabled list Lutz has hit .340 (17-50).
“That homerun to right-field was kind of majestic in a way because it was against the wind, it was high and it was far. Lutz put a really good swing on it,” said Teufel.
Lutz left the game after taking a pitch in the head during the fourth inning.
“It hit him in a good spot, right near the ear and there’s not much padding on the helmet there,” Teufel said. “He still has a little headache but we’ll be able to tell better tomorrow.”
Pat Misch worked six innings of two-run ball only setting the side down in order during the sixth and final-inning he pitched. Misch managed to catch one-runner attempting to steal in the fifth-inning with a great pick-off move to first.
“Pat did a great Job,” said Teufel. “He was around the plate the whole night. This is back-to-back outings where he’s pitched well, he’s very successful when he pitches down and in the knee area.”
The only runs Misch allowed came on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and then a leadoff homerun in the fifth inning.
Misch set down a season high seven Norfolk batters on strike-outs. He struck-out six batters in his first start of the season on an April 4, loss to Pawtucket. Misch left with a no-decision in his seventh start of the 2011 season.
“Tonight he had a really good fastball and he was elevating it and getting some strike-outs, but then he went back to the curveball and I think that’s a key pitch for him,” Teufel said.
Fernando Martinez added the fourth-run of the game with his fifth-homerun of the season. Martinez drove the ball into left-center field to give the herd a two-run lead.
Jason Botts ended the game by making a sliding catch in short left-field to retire the final Norfolk batter and give the Herd the win in the first game of a 10-game homestand.
Game Notes: Zach Lutz continued to be hot at the plate since returning from the disabled list driving a homerun over the wall in right-center-field during the first inning, Lutz left the game after being hit by a pitch in the helmet during the fourth inning…Pat Misch worked through six innings striking out seven Norfolk batters, and giving up two-runs, one coming on a homerun I the fifth inning…Nick Evans continues his hot-streak hitting in his 14th consecutive game.