You aren't going to win many games when you give up nine runs, and you're never going to win if you can't score runs. Friday's 9-0 loss to Norfolk sums up the last two weeks of the Bisons' season in a nutshell.
LHP Mark Cohoon looked good through the first five innings for Buffalo, allowing one-run on three singles and a pair of walks before things fell apart when he went out to the mound to start the sixth.
Cohoon gave up a single to lead off the inning before Norfolk DH Jake Fox stepped up and hit a two-run homerun. Brian Sweeney came on in relief after the home run and struggled mightily, giving up five runs on three hits and two walks in just two-thirds of an inning.
The Tides put up seven runs in the bottom of the sixth and the Herd entered the seventh down 8-0. The Bisons once again staged a late rally, loading the bases with two outs, but could not push across a run.
Game notes: Buffalo pitching gave up eight walks to Norfolk on Friday night.....Herd 3B Michael Fisher extended his hit streak to 11 games, but SS Luis Figueroa's streak ended at ten with an 0-for-4 night....Norfolk's starting pitcher Rick VandenHurk, who pitched for the Netherlands in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, earned his fourth win of the season.
The Bisons will send RHP Josh Stinson (3-6, 6.75 ERA) to the mound against the Tides and RHP Chris Tillman (1-1, 4.11 ERA) on Saturday night at 7:15 before wrapping up their four-game set on Sunday afternoon.