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Sunday, February 25, 2007
Feb. 25, 2007
It was clear from the start, on Sunday, February 25, that it was a pitcher's game, as the Bisons went on to win 4-2 against Pittsburgh.
Both starters, Brandon McClurg for the Bisons' and Nate Reed for the Panthers, matched zeroes in each of the first four innings.
The Bisons finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs, Kevin Gavigan singled to left. Ben Williams followed with a single to left. Williams proceeded to get caught in a rundown between first and second, allowing Gavigan to score, before making it safely back to first.
The Bisons added to their lead with three more runs in the seventh. With one out, Donnie Amos singled to left field. Branden Cadavid followed with an RBI double to left. One out later, Gavign doubled to right center for an RBI of his own. Bolden singled to shortstop, scoring Gavigan for the final run of the inning.
McClurg, who did not give up a run until Daniel Lopez homered with a runner on base in the ninth was relieved by John King with nobody out.
In eight plus innings, McClurg gave up just two earned runs, the first runs he has allowed all season. He struck out three and earned the win to bring his record to 1-0. In 17.1 innings this season, he has given up two runs on 12 hits. He has struck out 12 and opponents are batting just .197 against him.
King, closed out the game for his first save of the season.
Gavigan led the Bisons on offense with a perfect 3-3 day. Joseph also contributed a multi-hit performance with two hits.
The Bisons are back in action when they travel to Cookeville, TN to take on Tennessee Tech in a single game on Tuesday, February 27. Left-hander Paul Piennette is scheduled to take the mound for the Bisons. In 3.2 innings this season, Piennette has given up seven runs on six hits, while striking out two.