Herd clipped in opener
The Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, put up three runs in the first inning Thursday, but couldn’t hold off Columbus, falling 6-4.
The Clippers started off strong, stringing five hits together in the first inning to plate four runs. Trevor Crowe began the threat with a double to left. Major league rehabber Travis Hafner then singled to left to score Crowe. That hit was followed by another single to left from Chris Gimenez. Jordan Brown then doubled to plate a run with Andy Marte singling for an RBI as well. The rally finished when Josh Barfield drove a sacrifice fly to left.
The Herd had an answer in the first, however, cutting a 4-0 lead to a 4-3 difference. Fernando Martinez doubled with two outs ahead of Wily Mo Pena reaching on an error. The error allowed F-Mart to score. Javier Valentin then homered to left field to make it a 4-3 game.
The Clippers got back to hitting in the second, putting another run across on a Crowe single and Hafner double. Columbus led 5-3 until the seventh when Hafner plated Michael Brantley with a single for the team’s final run.
Buffalo did get on the board again in the seventh as well. Mike Lamb scored on an Argenis Reyes groundout. The run made the score its final 6-4.