Columbus, OH (Bisons.com) - Adam Pettyjohn shut down the best hitting team in the IL, as the Bisons topped the Columbus Clippers 2-1, Saturday night from Huntington Park.
The southpaw was outstanding, going eight innings giving up just six hits and striking out seven in his best start for Buffalo since being signed as a free agent on July 27th. The southpaw led all IL pitchers in wins during the 2008 campaign with 15 for Triple-A Louisville.
After four scoreless innings to start the game, it was the Bisons who struck first in the fifth. Argenis Reyes singled to right field plating Javier Castillo from second, and putting the Herd up 1-0. After Reyes advanced to third on an error by Jesus Merchan, Jesus Feliciano came through with an RBI single, making it 2-0 Buffalo.
With two more hits in Saturday night's contest, Argenis Reyes extended his hitting streak to seven games. On the current road trip, the second basemen is hitting .375, including five RBI in the past seven contests.
Hector Rondon got the starting nod for the Clippers, going six innings giving up two runs, one earned, surrendering eight hits and striking out four. The 21-year old Venezuelan prospect is now winless in his last four outings since winning his first three starts after being promoted from Double-A Akron on July 8th.
The Clippers threatened in the bottom of the ninth, loading the bases with one out. Columbus could only plate one run, and Tim McNab struck out Jesus Merchan to end the game. The veteran notched his third save of the season for Buffalo.
With Saturday's victory, the Bisons improved their record to 14-53 when scoring three runs or less in a game, and 17-21 in one run affairs.
Buffalo has now won two straight after dropping the first five games of the current road trip. With the win, the Bisons also took the season series lead against Columbus, 4-3.
The Herd will go for the series win against the Clippers Sunday evening from Huntington Park. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.