Niagara Gazette — The Bisons took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning after the Clippers struck first for a run in the third. Catcher Sean Ochinko doubled to left and short stop Ryan Goins dropped a sacrifice bunt down and made it to first on a throwing error.
Mike McCoy, who went 1 for 3 with a stolen base, singled to left field to plate Ochinko, while Goins advanced to third on another throwing error. Anthony Gose then brought in Goins with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Bisons manager Marty Brown said his team showed good focus after going down early to pull out the win.
“Even though we were down 1-0, Matsuzaka was mixing pitches and we weren’t really committed,” Brown said. “When the inning got to two runs I think guys were a little more focused and had a better plan going into those at bats. Guys were grinding it out a little more.”
Moises Sierra, in his third game back off the disabled list, went 2 for 4 with a stolen base. The 24-year-old right fielder went 3 for 4 on Tuesday and has a steal in each of his last three games.
Kevin Pillar continues to swing a hot bat, as he reached base for the 29th time in his 31 games with the Herd. He went 2 for 4 to improve his average to .339 on the season.
Neil Wagner earned his 14th save of the season, striking out the side in the ninth. Twenty of Wagner’s 21 outings this season have been completed without allowing a single run.Matt Parrino is the Sports Editor of our affiliated newspaper, Tonawanda News. Follow him on Twitter at @tonanewssports.