The first game of the Bisons four game set against the Clippers started yesterday and just finished after nearly four and a half hours of play. It was stopped in the bottom of fourth inning yesterday and finished in bottom of the 13th inning today at 5-4 with an Adron Chambers walk off single. Luckily for all of our hardcore Buffalo baseball fans there is another game coming soon.
Liam Hendriks started the game yesterday looking sharp as ever. He surrendered just two hits while striking out four through his first four innings of work. This short outing did serve as a nice opportunity for him to bounce back from his rough spot start in Cincinnati.
The action picked up in the eighth inning as Steve Delabar went out for his second inning of work. He did not look strong throughout his time as he was consistently falling behind batters. He managed to work a scoreless seventh but things did not go so well in the eighth. A walk and a double plated the third Clippers run before Bobby Korecky came in to allow another double to tie the game.
The Bisons followed up this mishap by getting the go ahead run across with a clutch sacrifice fly from Ryan Schimpf. This gave Korecky another opportunity to preserve a lead. Unfortunately the struggles continued for the closer as he again squandered the lead. Korecky even was able to benefit from a controversial call by home plate umpire Carlos Torres. With the tying run on second Indians prospect Carlos Moncrief hit a weak grounder back to Korecky, who hit Moncrief with his throw to first. Torres called interference on the play which retired Moncrief and forced the runner from second to return to his base after he had scored on the play. A single from Tim Fedroff two batters later made all this a moot point.
Pitching dominated extras up until the 13th inning. The Clippers had a great opportunity to score with a man on second, but thanks to an outstanding play from Ryan Goins they could not cash in. Goins leaped high into air knocking down a hard line drive off the bat of Ryan Rohlinger, but he could not initially corral the ball. Had it fallen the go ahead run would have scored, but with the ball floating in mid-air Goins snatched it to end the inning.
The Bisons took full advantage of this opportunity as the table setter Darin Mastroianni did his job perfectly. He drew a walk in a battle of an at bat before stealing second. He then scored on a bang bang play at the plate after a line drive single from Chambers.
It should be noted that Mike Zagurski gave the team three perfect innings striking out four batters. This effort combined with a scoreless inning from Luis Ayala kept the team in the game. Jays' top prospect Aaron Sanchez will take the mound against Indians prospect Danny Salazar in game two tonight.