It was a sparkling performance from Drew Hutchison.
The righthander retired the first 17 batters he faced Tuesday night, helping the Buffalo Bisons to a 5-1 win over the Columbus Clippers at Coca-Cola Field.
Hutchison gave up two hits, back-to-back singles from Bryson Myles and Erik Gonzalez in the sixth to break up the no-hitter.
He came out for the eighth and got his ninth strike out of the game before giving up a single then hitting a batter to end his outing. The 7 1/3 innings matches the longest outing by a Bison starter this season.
Reliever Pat Venditte induced a bases-loaded double-play ball but an error on shortstop Alexi Casilla meant everyone was a safe and Hutchison was tagged for an earned run.
Allenson on Hutchison: "I’d like to see him throw a few more change ups," Bisons manager Gary Allenson said. "I’m not sure how many he threw. It’s kind of hard to tell from the side but he had a deceptively good fastball and probably had the best slider he’s had all year tonight. Just kept them off balance. I’m sure they’re watching up," in Toronto. "He goes through some command issues here and there and he started off the first inning but after that he was pretty good. He hit his spots real well and it looked like he was tough to pick up."
Hutchison on his start: "I felt pretty good. It took me a bit to get going there. After the third I got into a good groove. ... It’s just consistent release point and just making pitches."
Best pitches: Hutchison's slider was solid and his changeup was also key. "I mixed it in when I needed to," Hutchison said of his change up. "And it made my fastball better in certain situations."
For the win: Hutchison, who has 30 wins over four seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, picked up just his second Triple-A win. His first win with the Bisons came in his last outing on May 26 in Columbus when he gave up three runs over 5 2/3 in a 13-10 win.
Strike 'em out: Venditte finished the eighth inning with a pair of strikeouts. He has now struck out 23 batters of the 53 he has faced at Triple A this season.
Cranking up the offense: Catcher A.J. Jimenez led the offense going 3 for 3 and driving in two runs. Matt Dominguez had a solo home run in the sixth while Casey Kotchman had a two-run single in the fourth.
Pompey update: Dalton Pompey was not in Tuesday's lineup. He left Monday's game in the second inning when he attempted to make a play on a deep fly ball to right center field but crashed into the wall. He walked off on his own power and manager Gary Allenson said the injury was to his knee. "It’s just a bruise so he’s day to day," Allenson said Tuesday afternoon. "When he feels like he’s close to 100 percent he’ll be back out there."
Counting the house: There were 4,875 at Coca-Cola Field Tuesday night.
Up next: It's the annual School Kids' Day with a 10:35 a.m. first pitch at Coca-Cola Field as the Bisons and Clippers close out the series. Lefty Scott Diamond (3-5, 3.47) is scheduled to start for the Bisons while Columbus counters with lefty Ross Detwiler (0-2, 3.54).