Big inning helps Buffalo charge past Tides

Six-run sixth sinks Norfolk in homestand finale

DJ Stewart follows through after belting a two-run homer Sunday at Harbor Park. (Scott Sears/Norfolk Tides)

By Norfolk Tides | May 12, 2019 4:17 PM

The Buffalo Bisons used a six-run sixth inning to charge past the Tides 8-5 in game one of a scheduled doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Harbor Park. Game two was postponed due to inclement weather. 

With the score knotted at 2-2 in the sixth inning, the Bisons sent 11 men to the plate against Luis Ortiz (1-3) and Josh Lucas to break the game open. Buffalo registered seven singles in the inning, including a two-run knock from Ben Revere and run-scoring hits by Jordan Patterson, Roemon Fields and Cavan Biggio. 

Ortiz took the loss after yielding seven runs on eight hits over a season-high 5.1 innings of work. He walked three and struck out three, but each of the final five batters he faced reached base safely. Ortiz threw 64 of his 96 pitches for strikes and now owns a 6.31 ERA this season. 

Norfolk's offense was once again paced by Chance Sisco, who belted a two-run home run in the fourth inning off of Bisons starter Ryan Feierabend (2-0). Sisco now has seven home runs over his last nine games, and he's hit .450 (18-40) with seven home runs and 21 RBI over 11 games since April 28th. 

DJ Stewart also homered in the setback, a two-run shot in the sixth inning that chased Feierabend from the contest. Stewart has now hit .458 (11-24) with three home runs and 14 RBI through eight games in May. 

Through 19 home games, Sisco and Stewart now have five home runs apiece at Harbor Park. Last year, Stewart and infielder Garabez Rosa paced the Tides with four home runs hit over Norfolk's 70-game home schedule. 

Heavy rains and an inclement forecast postponed the second game of Sunday's doubleheader. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader in Buffalo at a date to be determined. 

After a scheduled off day Monday, the Tides head to Toledo on Tuesday to kick off a three-game set with the Mud Hens. First pitch is set for 6:35 pm. 

Notes: Jace Peterson doubled, triple and had two runs scored…There were 95 home runs hit in 70 games at Harbor Park last season, but the park is on pace to yield 153 home runs this year (41 through 19 games thus far)…Norfolk wrapped up its homestand with a 5-3 record...The Tides wore pink jerseys in celebration of Mother's Day. 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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