Bell helps bump Bisons past IronPigs
The Bisons put their 10-singles to good use scoring four-runs in a, 4-2, win over Lehigh Valley Thursday night at Coca-Cola Field.
“Everybody chipped in, it was different ways that we scored, it was a very fruitful game, timely hitting, and guys did a real nice job out there defensively,” manager Tim Teufel said.
Bubba Bell led the offensive charge leading off the third-inning with his first of three-base hits. Mike Nickeas followed Bell’s lead and singled into left-field putting two-runners on with no-outs. Bisons starter Dylan Owen helped his cause by moving the runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt.
“Everything felt pretty good tonight, I was seeing the ball really well, and you know it’s just one of those nights that you can just throw the bat out there and you’re going to get a couple hits,” said Bubba Bell.
Luis Figueroa singled in Bell for the Bisons first run tying the game at one. With Nickeas at third and Figueroa at first, Michael Fisher grounded into a fielder’s choice allowing Nickeas to score, putting the Herd ahead, 2-1.
After one out in the fourth-inning Bell singled for the second time Thursday night scoring Jesus Feliciano. Luis Hernandez scored on Nickeas’ single into center-field to make it, 4-1. Bell singled again in the sixth inning, but was left stranded after Nickeas and Jason Botts struck out.
Bell was red hot going three for four, with a run driven in and a run scored. The IronPigs finally retired Bell in his final at-bat of the game to end the eighth-inning.
“Bell drove in a big run, and continues to swing the bat well,” Teufel said.
The Herd got a solid start from Owen, pitching six-innings and giving up two-runs on solo-homeruns in the third and sixth inning. After giving up the solo-shot in the third inning Owen retired the next eight batters in a row.
“Owen was just outstanding on the mound; he gave us what we needed.” Teufel said. “We needed to get deep in the game and he brought us deep enough.”
The IronPigs second-run came in the sixth-inning when Owen gave up a solo-homerun. Owen has given up three-runs or fewer in his last five starts. He gave up two-runs in his last start leaving after 5.1 innings and a no-decision.
Owen got the win Thursday after pitching six-innings, giving up six-hits, two-runs, and striking-out five IronPigs. Dale Thayer closed out the game for his team leading sixth-save of the season.
“I think everybody did a really good job, both sides of the ball actually,” said Bell. “It’s good, we’ve started coming together, we’re playing well as a team right now, and I think that once you can get some momentum going with that it makes it a lot easier for us to play as a team.”
Game Notes: Nick Evans failed to get a hit for the first time in 19-games, ending a season high hit-streak for the Bisons…Dale Thayer closed out Thursdays game pitching the final two-innings and taking the team lead in saves with six…The Bisons are now, 6-1, during their current homestand.