It's been a productive start to the 2007 season for the Buffalo Bisons, and on Monday night, the Herd just kept rolling along.
With a 17-1 win over the Columbus Clippers at Cooper Stadium, the Bisons improved to 7-1 for just the second time in the team's modern era. The Herd also started 7-1 in 2001.
The offense was explosive for Buffalo, particularly Jason Cooper and Ryan Mulhern.
Mulhern went 4 for 5, driving in six runs with a pair of doubles, a single and a home run while Cooper hit two doubles and a triple for five RBIs.
The Bisons got started quickly, sending 12 batters to the plate in first inning and jumping to an 8-0 lead.
Franklin Gutierrez and Luis Rivas started off with back-to-back singles. Shin-Soo Choo singled and advanced on a throwing error, which allowed Gutierrez and Rivas to score.
Ben Francisco reached on a fielder's choice, allowing Choo to score for a 3-0 lead.
Singles by Keith Ginter and Hector Luna loaded the bases with no outs and Mike Rose drew a walk to extend the lead to 4-0.
Cooper doubled to clear the bases, giving the Herd a 7-0 lead that went to 8-0 when Mulhern doubled in Cooper.
The Herd added four more runs in the second, thanks to another double by Cooper -- this time scoring two runs -- while Mulhern doubled in two more.
Tony Batista's two-out RBI single in the third put the Clippers on the board.
In the sixth, Buffalo's lead went to 14-1 when Cooper tripled and Mulhern followed with his second home run of the year.
In the eighth, Mulhern singled in another run while Francisco hit a two-run homer in the ninth for the final margin.
Buffalo stater Brian Slocum gave up just three hits and one run while striking out seven in five innings.
Buffalo moves on to Toledo for a four-game series with the Mud Hens which begins at 6:30 tonight (Radio 1230 AM).