Tonawanda News — Columbus scored three in first, the Herd tying in the third, Nickeas and Pillar providing key hits after a Clipper infield error. An unearned run returned the lead to Columbus in the fourth and Roberto Perez’ double centered the Clippers’ two-run fifth.
Thereafter, Herd hurlers slammed the door, hitless ball for four innings with Brad Lincoln getting the “W” on a 1-2-3 ninth, nothing leaving the infield.
Brown would reflect on the small-ball strategy which propelled the Clippers out of the gate. “Their first was a lot like our ninth,” he would say. “Except they didn’t get to come back.”
NOTES: Jim Negrych missed the game with a slight strain. … Strikeout stories: Every Bison whiffed at least once, 16 in all, 11 swinging; Herd hurlers hung nine K’s, but none among the first three in the order. … Nickeas’ second-inning single, two outs, 3 & 2 count, scored McCoy all the way from first. “I owe him for that,” said Nickeas, who moments later came all the way around on Pillar’s triple. … Buffalo hits the road now, eight games in Ohio. A game like this, Brown said, “Can get you clickin’.”