Buffalo 2, Toledo 5: Norris Is Not Enough

The nearly 400 dogs at Coca Cola Field Sunday afternoon had much to bark about following the Bisons 5-2 defeat to the Toledo Mud Hens. Not only did the Bisons lose, they lost in a draining, heartbreaking 12-innings.

“It goes to show you how tough this game can be sometimes,” said manager Gary Allenson.  

The Herd and Mud Hens were knotted 2-2 since the seventh inning, each having chances though failing to convert. That is until the top of the 12th when Toledo’s Daniel Fields hit a crowd deflating home run. Toledo then piled on two more insurance runs. Steven Moya hit an RBI ground rule double and later scored on a sac fly from teammate Tyler Collins.

The Bisons had no response in the bottom of the 12th as they went down in order.

Buffalo started Daniel Norris, who lasted six innings and struck out nine. His changeup was working well throughout, making six of the nine strikeout victims whiff through pitches. Norris walked three and gave up two runs, both of which were earned. Norris’ only struggle came in the third inning. Though only one run scored, the Mud Hens has three hits and worked a walk. “We got away from the fastball too much,” said Norris on his only struggle. “I was kind of focused on the runner a little too much.” Once Norris got back to using his fastball to set up the off speed pitches, he was again lights out. “This is pretty much where I want to be,” said Norris.

The loss earns Toledo a series split, taking two of four. Buffalo now heads on the road for seven straight games. The Herd has three games in Columbus before they head to Toledo for a chance to remove this bad taste from their mouth.

Mascot Race

Chicken Wing’s hubris got the best of him Sunday afternoon. With less than 20-feet to the finish line, Chicken Wing started the premature celebration that would be his downfall. A collision with Chip took him out of contention, and handed Hot Wing the victory.