Hot-hitting Rowdy Tellez singled to drive home the go-ahead run in the third inning and the Buffalo bullpen made it stand up the rest of the way in a 5-3 victory for the Bisons over the Columbus Clippers Saturday night at Huntington Park.
Tellez extended his hit streak to 10 games in which he is batting .463 (19 for 41) for the Herd."
Kirby Snead, Zach Jackson, Jackson McClelland and Ty Tice shut out the Clippers the rest of the way once Tellez had given the Bisons the lead.
Anthony Alford singled with two out and scored on a double by Socrates Brito to give the Herd an insurance run against the International Leagues’s West Division leaders.
Taylor Saucedo was the Bisons’ "opener" and he allowed all three Columbus runs, two of which he walked in a four-walk inning.
After that the Bisons pitching was sharp. There were no walks after the first inning and the Buffalo pitchers struck out 13. Jake Bauers and Andrew Velazquez, the first two batters in the Clippers’ order, struck out six times between them.
Snead struck out five of the seven batters he faced after taking
over for Saucedo in the third inning. McClelland fanned three in his two innings.
Alford, who was 2 for 4 and reached base three times, scored three of the five Buffalo runs. He was hit by a pitch to open the game and eventually scored on a wild pitch by Columbus starter Shao Ching-Chang, a native of Taiwan. Patrick Kivlehan singled home the second Buffalo run in the first before the Clips took their 3-2 lead.
Alford led off with an infield hit and eventually scored on a wild pitch after Brito reached on an error. Then Tellez singled to right for the second run of the inning.
Anthony Kay (1-4, 6.15 is the Bisons scheduled starter in the series finale on Sunday (Radio 1520, 4:05 p.m. Jordan Stephens (3-6. 9.13) is listed to start for Columbus.
The Bisons will be off on Monday and open a three-game home series with Toledo on Tuesday night. The Durham Bulls will follow Toledo in for a three-game series starting Friday night at Sahlen Field.