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Tough inning for Nolin as Herd loses to Gwinnett

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."

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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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