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Bisons win in the ninth

by Amy Moritz

A double to left field by Moises Sierra with two outs in the bottom of the ninth gave the Buffalo Bisons a 7-6 win over the Columbus Clippers in front of 11,180 at Coca-Cola Field Thursday afternoon.

The Clippers had taken a 6-3 lead into the final inning but the Herd slowly built into its rally. Clint Robinson drew a lead off walk and back-to-back singles from Mike McCoy and Anthony Gose loaded the bases with no outs.

Mike Nickeas singled to score one run then a sacrifice to center by Kevin Pillar scored another. 

Ryan Goins stepped to the plate and helped move runners into scoring position, though it won't show up on the stat sheet. Goins asked for time from the home plate umpire but it wasn't granted. He stepped out of the box anyway. It confused relief pitcher Nick Hagdone who threw the ball to the backstop allowing the runners to move to second and third.

Goins struck out bringing up Sierra, who had already struck out in all four of his previous at bats. This time, with the outfield playing shallow, he drilled a shot off the left field wall. Scored a double it brought in two runs for the walk-off win.

The Bisons begin an eight-game road trip starting with a four-game series at Toledo. Chien-Ming Wang (5-6, 2.63 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Bisons against lefty Ramon Garcia (3-8, 6.51 ERA). The game begins at 7 p.m. (Radio 1520).

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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