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Big hits lift Tides past Herd, 9-5


BUFFALO -- There was plenty of offense at Coca-Cola Field Wednesday night, but the Tides had a few more big hits than the Herd. Norfolk came out on top of Buffalo by a 9-5 score.

The Herd outhit their opponents 12-11, but a pair of three-run homeruns by Norfolk's Chance Sisco and Paul Janish overshadowed the powerful 8-4 Bisons offense.

Norfolk put three crooked numbers on the scoreboard, all in the first five innings of the game. The Tides manufactured a two-out rally in the first thanks to a Chris Dickerson double and a walk by Pedro Alvarez. Jason Leblebijian then misplayed Robert Andino's grounder to keep the inning alive. Two pitchers later, Sisco cleared the bases with a double to the right-centerfield wall.

After the Bisons closed to within 3-2 thru three, Janish came through with the three-run blast into the screen in left field to widen the lead. The Tides then collected four straight hits off Bisons starter Jarrett Grube in the fifth to build an insurmountable 8-2 advantage.

The Herd had their chances early as well, but each rally ended a little earlier than the team needed them to. Mike Ohlman's RBI-double in the first inning cut Norfolk's lead to 3-1, but the Herd could do no further damage with runners on second and third and only one out.