Evans stays hot as Bisons fall
Nick Evans extended his hit team-best hit streak, but the Lehigh Valley IronPigs snapped the Bisons’ four-game win streak, topping the Herd 5-2 Tuesday night at Coca Cola Field.
Evans took the streak to 18 games with a first-inning single and a solo homer in the fourth.
“I’m just trying to have good at-bats and be productive. If the hits come, they come,” Evans said. “I’d rather go 0-for-4 with four RBIs than get a hit and extend a streak.”
Down 6-2 with two outs in bottom of the ninth, an error, walk and a pinch-hit RBI single by Bubba Bell brought the would-be tying run, Luis Figueroa, to the plate. However new reliever Michael Schwimer struck out Figueroa looking to save the game.
Ryan Feieraband struck out seven in six innings in his sixth win of the season, allowing two earned runs on seven hits with one walk.
The IronPigs (46-32) built a 3-0 lead after two innings with Rich Thompson scoring from third on a Jack Egbert wild pitch, before a two-run home run by Tagg Bozied in the second. Bozied added a third RBI, singling in one of two ninth-inning IronPigs runs.
Brandon Moss singled against Mike O’Connor in the sixth, moving John Mayberry, Jr. from second to third. As the Bisons caught Moss in a rundown off of first base, Mayberry snuck home just before second baseman Luis Hernandez’ throw and catcher Nickeas’ tag.
Home plate umpire Gerard Ascani ejected manager Tim Teufel after a lengthy argument over the play at the plate and Hernandez’ attempted tag of Moss.
“Gerard made a good call,” Teufel said. “From the bench, from our angle, we saw something different. We argued it and I guess when you point to the area of where you think the tag was being displayed, that’s when you get tossed.”
Egbert left his second start as a Bison after five innings, as Jon Malo – in his first game in Buffalo since May 19 – pinch hit and walked in the bottom of the inning. In 81 pitches, Egbert (0-2, 5.79) allowed three earned runs on four hits with two walks and a strikeout.
“Jack didn’t have his slider or his curveball early on, spiking it a little in the front and then he settled down,” Teufel said. “He ended up going five innings and kept us in the game.”
With Malo on first and Mike Nickeas on second, Luis Figueroa hit a single to score Nickeas, but Malo was thrown out at home trying to tie the game.
Game Notes: Evans is 33-for-68 with three homers, 10 doubles, 15 runs scored and 15 RBI over the streak… Malo was called up from Double-A Binghamton before the game to replace Zach Lutz, who went on the disabled list with a concussion… The IronPigs lead the season series, 6-3.