COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Buffalo pitching limited the Columbus to two hits over the first seven innings, but seven walks, a hit batsmen and then a late rally helped the Clippers to a 6-2 victory over the Herd Tuesday night before 8,558 at Huntington Park.
Even with help from the Clippers’ defense — errors led to both Buffalo runs — the Bisons managed only two unearned runs. They were 2 for 8 with runners in scoring position, left six on base and grounded into two double plays. The Bisons had only two baserunners after the fifth, two singles by Jared Goedert.
The Clippers never trailed. They scored three times in the third inning against Bisons starter Sean Nolin (2-4) with the help of only one single. That was all they needed.
Columbus touched Bisons reliever Ryan Tepera for three runs on four hits in the eighth, including a triple by Audy Ciriaco.
In the fourth and fifth innings, the Bisons leadoff batter reached on an error and came around to score Brad Glenn plated the first run with a double. Adron Chambers drove in the second with a single in the fifth.
Nolin’s night ended suddenly. He retired the first seven batters before hitting Ryan Rohlinger with a pitch and giving up a single to Justin Sellers in the third. Walks to Tyler Holt and Elliott Johnson forced home the first Columbus run and brought on reliever Mike Zagurski, who gave up another bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly.
Right-hander Kyle Drabek (4-6, 4.46) is scheduled to start for the Bisons here tonight (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.) against right-hander Travis Banwart (4-2, 3.59).