Phoenix, AZ (7M7AP): Buffalo (1-0) ace John Mullaney pitched six strong innings, and the Bisons scored four runs in the first inning to take Game 1 of the National League Division Series, 10-4, this morning. Mullaney pitched six innings, giving up only three hits and four walks while striking out three batters for the win.
Buffalo punched Arizona (0-1) in the gut with a four-run first inning, including a three-run home run by center fielderClarence McGraw and a line drive single by catcher Lou Arnold. The Bisons also scored a run in the top of the third inning with a solo home run by Garret Banks to take the 5-0 lead.
Arizona got on the board in the bottom of the third inning with a double by right fielder Rob Kerr to score lead-off hitter Pedro Silva.
Bison first baseman Hector Guerrero blew the game out of the water with a three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning, giving Buffalo the commanding 8-1 lead.
Arizona scored two runs in the seventh and one in the bottom of the ninth but were not able to come back, with Buffalo taking Game 1, 10-4.
Losing pitcher Jim Barker (0-1) pitched six innings, giving up nine hits, eight runs (five earned), while walking two and striking out three. He gave up three home runs in the game.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
2-FOR-5, TWO RUNS, 3-RBI