COLUMBUS — Buffalo Bisons starter Justin Germano stymied the Columbus Clippers on five hits over 7∏ innings as the Herd picked up a 1-0 win on Tuesday before 9,432 at Huntington Park.
The only other 1-0 win by the Bisons this season came on June 23 against the Durham Bulls in 14 innings. It was the Herd’s fifth in the last seven games. Columbus has been shut out a club record 15 times this season.
Germano (7-7) was masterful as he scattered five hits with five strikeouts with one walk. It was his team-leading 20th start. He also leads the Herd in innings pitched (120), strikeouts (79), and quality starts (10).
A pair of Bison relievers were also effective. Columbus had runners on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, when Tommy Hottovy struck out Tim Fedroff to end the inning. Brad Lincoln pitched the ninth to earn his fifth save.
Columbus starter Carlo Carrasco did not figure in the decision as he left in a scoreless tie after pitching six shutout innings, fanning five with no walks.
Buffalo scored the game’s only run in the eighth. Andy LaRoche drew a leadoff walk. Ryan Goins, who has seven hits in his last 14 at-bats, ripped a double off the right-center field wall. Bisons manager Marty Brown stopped LaRoche at third base. Sean Ochinko then hit a sacrifice fly to score LaRoche, who tapped the plate with his left hand beating the throw.
The four-game series, the last of the season between the teams, continues tonight (7 p.m., Radio 1520 AM) with the Herd sending Chien-Ming Wang (6-6, 2.62) to the mound to face T.J. House (3-10, 4.79). Buffalo took three of four games from the Clippers last week in Coca-Cola Field.
The Bisons return home for seven games beginning Saturday.