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).