BUFFALO, NY (Bisons.com) - Lefty Bobby Livingston tossed eight shutout innings, facing just two batters over the minimum as the Bisons shutout the Bats, 1-0, Saturday night at Coca-Cola Field.
The Herd has now won three straight and improved to 14-9 on the season.
Livingston was in complete control right from the start. The southpaw retired the first nine batters he faced with three strike outs. Bats' centerfielder Chris Burke was the first to get on base when he singled to lead off the fourth inning, but Livingston induced three consecutive groundouts to end that frame.
Livingston then got doubleplays in the fifth and sixth inning. He tossed a perfect 1-2-3 seventh inning and worked around his lone walk in the eighth to finish his outing just two batters over the minimum.
Livingston lowered his season ERA over a run and a half, from 4.96 to 3-33 in his first victory of the season. He threw 71 of his 98 pitches for strikes. All three hits he allowed were singles.
The only run the Bisons would need came in the third inning. Jesus Feliciano extended his hit streak to 10 games with a soft liner into centerfield with two outs. Mike Jacobs then ripped a grounder over the first base bag and into the right field corner for a RBI-triple.
Elmer Dessens pitched the ninth inning for Buffalo and recorded his third save of the season.
BISONS NOTES:Livingston also collected the first hit by a Bisons pitcher in 2010 with an infield single in the third inning. With four-game series against Louisville and in Indianapolis and Louisville, the Bisons will be without a designated hitter for the first 12 games in May...Prior to the game, the Bisons activated Elmer Dessens of the disabled list and released Travis Blackley. Dessens had missed eight games with a left hamstring strain.