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Quick hits: Bisons 9, Columbus 3

The Buffalo Bisons continue to crank out the offense.

For the fourth time this season, the Herd scored nine or more runs, posting a 9-3 win over the Columbus Clipper at Coca-Cola Field Friday night.

The Bisons are now 8-1 when they score four or more runs and improved to 9-4 overall, leading the International League North Division.

"I keep going back to spring training," manager Bobby Meacham said. "We harped on don't just go up there and think 'oh strike out, another strike out.' When you get two strikes or you get a guy in scoring position, let's bear down and try to put the ball in play. That's what we're seeing. We're seeing other teams make errors. We're seeing our guys do some good things aggressively at the plate. Hopefully we can keep doing that and keep scoring."

Jason Leblebijian had two doubles, drove in two runs and scored two himself to help pace the Bisons offense. Christian Lopes also drove in two runs, going 2 for 3 while reaching on a walk and hit by pitch.

Every Bison in the lineup got a hit on Friday with four of the teams RBIs coming with two outs.

"We just keep passing the baton," Leblebijian said. "The next guy gets the big hit and if he doesn’t do it, it's the next guy. You know, being able to ground out at-bats just changes the whole game for us."

Opening games: The Bisons have won the first game of each series they've played this season, going 5-for-5 in series openers.

Going long: Mike Ohlman knocked his second homer of the season, a shot to left field, in the first inning. It was a two-run shot, scoring Dwight Smith Jr. who reached on a single, stole second and took third on an error from Clippers' pitcher Chris Narveson. That put the Bisons up, 2-0.

Good start: Mike Bolsinger struck out the first four batters he faced, finishing with five strike outs while issuing two walks and allowing one hit. He pitched three innings, leaving after throwing 60 pitches.

Bad backup: For as good as Bolsinger was, reliever Matt Dermody struggled. Entering the game in the fourth inning he gave up a lead-off home run to Chris Colabello then two straight singles. A sacrifice fly to center allowed the Clippers to tie the game at 2-2.

Then a pick-me-up: The Herd rebounded in the bottom of the fourth with three runs. Leblebijian had a two-run double then tagged up on a fly ball to center field, beating out the throw to third. Leblebijian scored on a wild pitch from Narveson. Gregorio Petit had a two-out RBI single up the middle and by the end of the inning the Bisons had crafted a 6-2 lead.

Moment of silence: The Bisons observed a moment of silence for Doug Smith, who died Thursday at the age of 81. Smith, most known for his colorful reports for Channel 4 in the 1980s, was a longtime sports reporter and baseball writer and was inducted into the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame.

Roster move: The Blue Jays announced they selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Mat Latos and designated infielder Ty Kelly for assignment.

Counting the stands: The official paid attendance was 4,981 although just a smattering of people were in the stands with the 47 degree temperature at first pitch.

Up next: The homestand continues with the teams meeting at 1:05 p.m. Saturday. Lefty T.J. House (2-0, 0.77) is scheduled to start for the Herd against righty Mike Clevinger (2-0, 0.47). The series concludes at 1:05 p.m. Sunday with the lefty Brett Oberholtzer (0-0, 1.00) starting against lefty Ryan Merritt (2-1, 3.63).

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