Niagara Gazette — “This is what I love to do, and I wasn’t able to do this for a long time,” Reyes said. “Now I’m able to do what I do best — play baseball. I like to enjoy the game the most that I can.”
The Bisons found themselves trailing by a run in the fifth inning when Sean Ochinko led off with a single. Reyes followed with a double to the right field wall, and with runners on first and second, Kevin Pillar, in his Triple-A debut, smoked a hard line drive into the left-center gap, scoring two and to put the Bisons ahead, 3-2.
Thad Weber then pitched out of trouble in the sixth inning and would exit after that, surrendering seven hits and two runs, one earned, with five strikeouts over six innings.
The bullpen held the ground from there until the Bulls put two on in the top of the ninth, when reliever Brad Lincoln snagged a sharp liner back to the mound to begin the double play that would retire Durham for good.
Weber earned the win and Pillar went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI
It was the first minor league save for Brad Lincoln and the first win for the Bisons over Durham after being swept by the Bulls in a four-game set earlier this season.
“I was able to do a little bit of everything,” Reyes said. “My ankle feels good … I made it through nine for first time in months. I’m just happy to go nine innings today, first time in a long time.”
Reyes will be back at shortstop today when Buffalo and Durham play Game 2 of the four-game set tonight. Six-hundred tickets remain for the Bisons’ popular Star Wars Night promotion, with 600 tickets remaining after the final out last night.