Found May 08, 2013 on Queen City Sports:
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The Bisons got off to a hot start but their bats quickly went cold after a strong first inning as the Herd lost their second  game in three nights, falling to Norfolk 8-4. Jair Jurrjens struggled early on for the Tides, allowing three first inning runs before settling down. Jim Negrych got the action started for the Herd, putting them on the board with an RBI double to bring the score to 2-1 Tides in the bottom of the first. Moises Sierra and Josh Thole then added RBI’s for the Bisons to cap the first, putting Buffalo up 3-2 after one inning of play. But that would be all Jurrjens would allow on the night. The former Atlanta Braves starter calmed down after his shaky first inning, not allowing a run the rest of the night. “I think he settled in and started to use his changeup more effectively,” said Bisons manager Marty Brown “We were very aggressive early in the count, got ourselves out a lot but his changeup was pretty effective against us. Trailing 3-2 in the top of the fifth, Danny Valencia put Norfolk up for good, knocking a three run homer into the left field mesh to put the Tides up 5-3. “The pitch he gave up the home run to Valencia on was a changeup first pitch which is probably not the best pitch selection,” said Brown “Claudio sometimes needs to rethink how he’s going to attack a hitter.” After taking the lead, Norfolk’s bullpen took care of business from there. Buffalo gave the Tides a scare in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases with two outs against reliever Daniel Schlereth. With Moises Sierra coming to the plate with the bases loaded, Tides manager Ron Johnson decided to pull Schlereth in favor of Manny Delcarmen. With a chance to get the Herd back into the game, the Bisons star right fielder grounded out to second, ending Buffalo’s rally in the seventh. Norfolk would go on to score two more runs on an Eugenio Velez throwing error to second to take a 7-3 lead in the top of the eighth. The Tides would add one more insurance run in the top of the ninth as they would go onto win 8-4. Buffalo starter Claudio Vargas struggled in the loss, allowing five runs and eight hits in six innings of action. “It wasn’t really typical of him, he came out and looked a little lackadaisical,” said Brown. His counterpart Jair Jurrjens recovered after an awful first inning to actually have a decent outing. The veteran righty went six innings allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits. One bright spot for the Bisons on the night was second basemen Jim Negrych who continued his outstanding play despite taking over as the team’s DH. The St. Francis product went 1-2 with a RBI double, while walking twice. Buffalo falls to 20-11 with the loss and returns to action tomorrow at one as they closeout their four-game series with the Tides.   Feature photo courtesy of Elaina Ellis/Norfolk Tides   The post Buffalo Falls As Jurrjens Quiets Bisons Bats appeared first on Queen City Sports.
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