Game 1: Indians 7, Bisons 3
Justin Germano got the start and went 3 IP, giving up 6 hits (2 HR) and 2 walks, allowing 7 runs (6 ER) to cross. Michael Schwimer, Buddy Carlyle, and Mickey Storey went 2 scoreless IP each.
Alex Presley and Matt Hague hit HR in the 1st inning for the Pirates. Hague's drove in Felix Pie, who walked and stole 2B, ahead of him. They scored 4 in the 3rd on a run scoring HBP, a sac fly, and a 2-run single by Jerry Sands.
Multi-hit games from Josh Thole (2-4, HR, 2 RBI) and Ryan Goins (2-4, 2 2B). Ricardo Nanita made his Bisons debut and hit a HR.
Game 2: Indians 6, Bisons 5
Claudio Vargas started and went 5.1 IP, allowing 6 runs to score on 4 hits and 4 walks. Dustin McGowan finished off the 6th giving up a hit, but not allowing run of his own. John Stilson pitched 2 innings and Dave Bush pitched a clean 9th.
Matt Hague hit a 2-run in the 4th to start the scoring. The Bisons tied in the bottom with a LaRoche double and a wild pitch scoring the 2nd run. Vargas fell apart in the 6th, giving up a RBI double to Hague and walked Larish to bring in a run. McGowan came on and gave up a RBI single, then a RBI groundout.
The Bisons clawed back in the 8th, as they took advantage of the wildness of reliever Erik Cordier. He walked Jimenez, hit LaRoche, walked Velez, then walked Langerhans (PH for Goins) to force in a run. Thole would drive in 2 more with a pinch-hit single. They would fail to score again.
Multi-hit games from nobody. LaRoche did get a hit, a walk, and a HBP.
Game 3: Pirates 1, Bisons 2
This was Josh Johnson's rehab start and he looked good. 4 IP with 1 hit and 1 walk. Todd Redmond came on in relief and went 2.1, giving up the only run. Juan Perez and Neil Wagner both pitched 1.1 IP with 1 walk each. Wagner picked up his 12th save.
Gerrit Cole was a little wild starting for the Indians, walking 3 and hitting a batter in 6 IP. He allowed both runs to score in the 1st inning. Luis Jimenez drove in a run on a single and Velez scored on a wild pitch.
Multi-hit game from Eugenio Velez (2-4).
Game 4: Indians 5, Bisons 6
Looking to tie the series 2 games each, the Bisons sent David Bush to the hill fresh off a relief outing. Bush threw 5 IP, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits including a HR. Buddy Carlyle continued his strong stretch, throwing 2 shutout innings and striking out 3. Michael Schwimer pitched a 3 K 8th inning. Mickey Storey got hit around in the 9th, giving up 3 runs on 2 hits and a walk. Neil Wagner had to come on and get the 1 out save.
Mauro Gomez and Josh Thole opened the scoring in the bottom of 1, with back-to-back HR. Gomez's scored Negrych, who singled to lead off the game. Mike McCoy added a RBI walk in the frame as well.
Matt Hague hit the previously mentioned HR for the Indians in the 4th, a 2-run shot which scored Felix Pie.
Luis Jimenez would smack a solo HR in the 5th to put the Bisons on top 5-2. Jim Negrych would add the 6th run in the 6th on a single scoring Langerhans.
A walk, 2 doubles, and a single would score 3 runs for the Indians in the 9th to bring it within 1 run, but Wagner would hang on for the save.
Multi-hit games for the Bisons from Jim Negrych (2-4), Mauro Gomez (2-4, HR, 2 RBI), and Ryan Langerhans (3-4).
Jim Negrych: 5-17, BB, SB, 2 R, RBI
Negrych led the Bisons in hits in the series.
Ryan Langerhans: 3-9, 3 BB, 2 R, RBI
Langerhans led the Bisons in times on base in the series, with a .500 OBP.
Thole came up with some big hits in the series, including a 2-run pinch hit single and 2 HR.