(bisons.com) - Sean Nolin was sharp in his 2014 debut and he got plenty of offensive support from his hot-hitting teammates.
Nolin struck out seven and the Bisons pounded out 13 hits in a 7-2 victory over the IronPigs on Tuesday night at Coca-Cola Park. The Herd improved to 3-0 on the young season, picking up their third victory in a Home Opener this year.
Buffalo won 6-3 on Opening Day in Buffalo last Thursday and picked up an 8-6 victory over Rochester in Frontier Field's debut over the weekend. It didn't take the club long to spoil the fun in Lehigh Valley's first home contest of 2014.
Dan Johnson's two-out home run that soared out of the ballpark in the first inning let Nolin step to the mound with a lead. The southpaw responded with 5.2 innings of solid work. He retired 11 of the first 13 batters he faced and racked up seven punchouts to only one walk.
Nolin did allow two runs, but only one was earned. A two-base Bisons' error in the field helped Lehigh Valley tie the score at two in the fifth inning.
Nolin's solid work bought time for the Bisons offense to start getting clutch hits. After Johnson's second home run in as many games got the club going, the Herd left seven men on base from innings two through five.
That changed in the sixth inning as RBI-hits from Jack Murphy and Anthony Gose gave the Bisons a 4-2 lead. Jared Goedert drove home two more runs in the seventh with an opposite field wall-ball double.
Buffalo didn't need a hit in the eighth to score their seventh tally as Juan Francisco, Johnson, Matt Tuiasosopo and Chris Getz drew four consecutive walks.