Day 10 of my Cooperstown road trip brought me to Buffalo, N.Y., where I attended a game at Coca-Cola Field for the first time. Because the Buffalo Bisons are the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, I knew I would get to see some former Lansing Lugnuts in action — and two of them starred in the Bisons’ 7-1 win over the Indianapolis Indians.
The starting pitching matchup was LHP Sean Nolin (2011 Lansing Lugnuts) vs. LHP Adam Wilk (2009 West Michigan Whitecaps). Nolin was making his first Triple-A start since coming off the disabled list, and he earned the win after giving up only two hits and a walk in six scoreless innings. He also made a great behind-the-back snag that you can see video of here.
Side note: Sean Nolin is not to be confused with Kevin Nolan, the former Lugnuts infielder who played third base for the Bisons on Tuesday.
Wilk gave up six runs on eight hits, five walks and a hit batsman in six innings. Both he and Nolin each struck out three batters.
Six different Bisons players drove in runs. Two were scored by LF Darin Mastroianni, who reached base four times (three walks and a double).
Although teammate Andy LaRoche would later hit a more impressive home run, I was more excited to see Bisons CF Kevin Pillar homer in the bottom of the 1st inning. That’s because Pillar, who has gotten a taste of the big leagues with the Blue Jays, was the Midwest League MVP in 2012.
I’ll be staying in Buffalo for two nights and plan to go to another Bisons game on Thursday before resuming my drive home.
*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler