Daniel Norris decent in first Triple-A start
By Ryan Mueller
Buffalo Bisons (15-10, 3rd)
Daniel Norris pitched 5.2IP giving up one run on 4 hits, walking 3 and striking 4 in a 1-0 loss to Durham.
It was Buffalo’s second loss in a row, but 7th in the past 10 games. The Herd have fallen out of first place and sit a game and half back of the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Back to Norris. He throw 95 pitches and 53 of those went for strikes. A couple things can be taken from Norris’ first Triple-A start:
- He allowed the same number of flyball outs as groundball outs (3)….needs to do a better job of keeping the ball on the ground.
- Still walking too many guys
- Was unable to strike out J.P. Arencibia….he even allowed J.P. to get a hit.
All kidding aside. Norris didn’t throw the ball too badly, but he did battle, needing 95 pitches to get through 5.2IP. He needs to finish batters off if he hopes to make it back to Toronto.
At the plate Dalton Pompey collected his first hit with Buffalo and is now hitting .091. Matt Hague waited til his final at-bat in the 9th inning to extend his hit streak to 7 games and is hitting .330 on the year (.250 in the past 10 games). Andy Burns hit his 4th double and Melky Mesa collected his first, but the Herd was completely shut down by Dylan Floro.
Player of the Game: RP Ryan Tepera (2.1IP, no hits, no runs, no walks, and 4 strike outs)
Ps Ronald Belisario (1.04 ERA), remember him from this offseason, collected his 4th save.
Up Next: Miguel Castro vs Durham’s Matt Andrieses