Norfolk 7, Buffalo 5
By Andrew O’Brien
The Buffalo Bisons led 3-1 in the fifth inning, but the Norfolk Tides exploded for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Monday night en route to a 7-5 win in the opening game of a four-game series. Colin McHugh got his first Triple-A start after getting promoted from Binghamton on Sunday. McHugh (0-1) went five innings, allowing four runs on five hits while striking out five and walking four.
Buffalo scored in the first inning on a Matt den Dekker solo homer. But Norfolk responded in the bottom of the first when Xavier Avery scored on a Miguel Tejada sacrifice fly. The Bisons scored two runs in the top of the fifth on a den Dekker sacrifice fly and then a Fred Lewis groundout in which Ronny Cedeno scored.
The Tides got things started in the sixth with back-to-back singles by Joe Mahoney and Bill Hall. With nobody out, McHugh walked LJ Hoes to load the bases. Following a strikeout of Blake Davis, Chris Robinson roped a lin...