The bats came alive and the result was a win.
Anthony Alford’s two-run blast gave the Bisons the lift they needed as they posted a 3-1 win over Pawtucket Tuesday night, ending a six game losing streak.
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Alford broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth when he drilled the ball over the left field wall, scoring Jason Leblebijian (double).
“I’m feeling good. A lot better,” Alford said. “The first month-and-a-half, two months I was feeling like I was pressuring myself a lot. I just started to relax more and just try to put together good at-bats.”
The Bisons opened the scoring when Lourdes Gurriel Jr. plated Roemon Fields in the first inning. Denier Lopez solo home run in the fifth tied it at 1-1 for the Sox.
On Monday, Bison manager Bobby Meacham remarked that his squad hadn’t been getting good swings on the ball. Evident as the Bisons scored just eight runs over the last six games. That all changed on Tuesday as the Herd pounded out 11 hits and had at least one base runner in each of the first seven innings. Even the outs, in most cases, were hard hit balls.
“Yeah I think so. I think guys were more locked in at the plate today,” Alford said. “We were making hard contact throughout the game. Unfortunately some people hit it right at some (PawSox) but I think we’re coming along as a group. Individually I think guys are feeling better.”
The owners of the longest losing streak in the International League, all six losses came against divisional rivals Pawtucket (four) and Lehigh Valley (two). Teams they are jockeying with for a playoff position. The streak began on June 19 in game two of a twin bill in Pawtucket. It saw the Herd fall from four games back to seven coming into Tuesday’s game.
While it was obviously important to beat the PawSox and gain some ground in the playoff race, Meacham said the biggest thing was just winning, period.
“When you lose a few in a row it doesn’t matter who you’re playing so much as it is to get the win,” Meacham explained. “Sometimes it’s ugly. Sometimes you have to just hang on. We let a couple slip away we probably should have won over this past week. It really was important to stop this losing streak and hopefully start moving in the right direction. You’ve seen that we’ve got a lot of talent. We’ve just got to start playing like it.”
Sean Reid-Foley worked 6.2 strong innings as he improves to 3-2 on the year. Reid-Foley fanned eight, walked two and scattered six hits. After struggling in his first three starts this season, a loss and two no decisions, Reid-Foley has now won three of his last four starts. With all three wins being quality starts.
“The key, to me, was that when he first got here it was that one big inning that would get him once in a while and he would struggle through some innings, but he never lost his composure,” Meacham said. “Maybe he did, but it didn’t look like he doubted himself or his ability and I think that’s what you’re seeing with the payoff in the end. Keep working, keep working and it pays off and you’re good.”
Roemon Fields recorded his 14th stolen base of the year and 59th in his Bison career. Fields is now third on the Modern Era all-time list trailing Dave Roberts (97) and Greg Tubbs (67).
Catcher Danny Jansen was given a precautionary day of rest after being hit on the hand by a pitch during Monday’s game. Doctor’s report said Jansen’s hand was just bruised, nothing was broken.
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