by Amy Moritz
Sean Nolin pitched his way out of a few jams early in the game.
The wheels came off against the best offense in the International League in the sixth inning Tuesday night. He gave up two walks and back-to-back singles which tied the game, 2-2. He left with the bases loaded and reliever John Stilson walked the next batter. Stilson was tagged for that run, too, in the Buffalo Bisons' 3-2 loss to the Gwinnett Braves.
In that sixth inning, Stilson was already warming up in the bullpen as Nolin was starting to lose command of his pitches. But Bisons trainer Voon Chong came out to the mound as the pitching change was being made to tend to Nolin.
Manager Gary Allenson said Nolin was dealing with an injury but could not be specific about it.
"He has a leg issue going on," Allenson said. "I don’t know if he did it on one pitch or if it was building up. Maybe that’s why he walked a bunch of guys that inning. ... He’s got a leg problem. I can’t be specific about it. But just to be safe, we took him out. There’s no sense in letting somebody stay out there in a minor league game and making something worse."