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Hendriks leads Bisons to a 3-2 win

by Amy Moritz





A solid outing from Liam Hendriks gave the Buffalo Bisons a 3-2 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox in front of 5,692 at Coca-Cola Field Saturday afternoon.

Hendriks threw 5 2/3 shutout innings giving up just one hit with four strikeouts. Though he issued no walks, it took the lefty some time to warm into the game. He had a 23-pitch first inning. But things got progressively better. He threw 18 in the second then needed just seven pitches in the third and fourth innings to retire the side.

The offensive support for Hendriks started in the third.  Mike Nickeas led off with a single and moved to second a sacrifice bunt from Munenori Kawaski. With two outs Nickeas scored on a single to left by Steve Tolleson.

The led extended to 2-0 in the fourth when Matt Tuiasosopo drew a one-out walk and scored when Kevin Pillar split the gap in right field with a screaming line drive good for a triple. Pillar scored on a single from Jared Goedert to make it 3-0.

The PawSox got back in the game in the eighth when Dan Butler drove a fullcount pitch off the left field foul pole for a two-out two-run home run. That cut the Herd’s lead to 3-2.

The teams meet again at 1 p.m. Sunday with lefty Sean Nolin (1-0, 1.59 ERA) scheduled to start for the herd against righty Allen Webster (1-1, 2.79).

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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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