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Bisons pitchers have upper hand over Clippers

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Buffalo Bisons pitchers once again kept the Columbus Clippers at bay as starter Garrett Olson pitched five innings and allowed just two runs to lift the Herd to a 3-2 victory on Thursday night.

Corey Wimberly, Valentino Pascucci and Raul Reyes each drove in runs and Fred Lewis extended his hit streak to seven games but it was Olson and the Herd's bullpen that starred against the Clippers, who were held scoreless over the last three innings.

With two outs in the first, Lewis hit a sharp grounder to second baseman Jason Donald, but Donald's throw to first was wild and Lewis advanced to second. Pascucci drove in Lewis with an RBI single to center. Raul Reyes hit a deep grounder to second and while Donald made a diving stop on the outfield grass, his throw didn't get Reyes at first in time and Pascucci scored to make it 2-0.

After Columbus scored in the first the Bisons added to their lead in the sixth. With runners on first and second, Wimberley's RBI single scored Dustin Martin for a 3-1 lead before the Clippers answered in their half of the sixth.

Jared Goedert reached on an error by Herd second baseman Brad Emaus, then Russ Canzler singled to center, placing runners on first and second with no outs. Both runners advanced on a Manny Acosta wild pitch and after a Chad Huffman strikeout, Tim Fedroff hit a sacrifice fly to left that scored Goedert.

Columbus made a mild run to tie the game in the ninth when Cord Phelps kept the inning alive with a single to left, but Fernando Cabrera fanned Beau Mills to earn his 13th save.

The Herd's eight-game road trip through the Buckeye state wraps up at 7:05 tonight with Matt Harvey (5-1, 3.69 ERA) taking the mound against Columbus' Chris Seddon (6-3, 3.88).

An eight-game homestand against Norfolk and Pawtucket begins Saturday at Coca-Cola Field.

Also, after two weeks of voting, Harvey and designated hitter Pascucci lead all International League players for the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 11 at Coca-Cola Field.

Pascucci is tied for fourth in the IL with 40 RBIs and with 168 career RBIs as a Bison, he ranks eighth in the club's modern era.

Fans can vote for both the IL and the Pacific Coast League players at Online voting accounts for 33 percent along with media and field staffs. Left-hander Josh Edgin tossed a scoreless inning of relief on Tuesday night. In 11 appearances since May 13, the Triple-A rookie is 1-1 with a 1.96 ERA and a save.