Garrett Olson’s Gem Wasted In Bisons 2-0 Loss

Garrett Olson had a phenomenal outing, but the Bisons offense and a late-inning error doomed the Bisons in their 2-0 series opening loss.

Garrett Olson had his best outing of the season, going seven innings allowing one run on two hits, walking one and striking out seven. Olson was consistently coaxing weak contact and getting the strikeout when he needed it. Robert Carson came out to pitch the final two innings and was just as good, allowing one hit and one walk in two innings while striking out two. The second run scored in the ninth inning when a throwing error by Mike Nickeas on a passed ball allowed a run to score.

The bullpen didn’t need much today, and after an early adjustment to Triple-A by Robert Carson, he has begun to settle in and is proving his value to the big club for 2013.

On offense, the Bisons were stifled on the day, managing two hits on the day, with three walks. Five baserunners won’t win you many games…this is something I can assure you of. The two Bisons with hits were Josh Rodriguez and Josh Satin. Today was a day of ground balls, and those are more likely to turn into hits when they find holes. Today….no holes.

Player Of The Game: Garrett Olson. Normally, these don’t go out in losing efforts. Olson pitched a great game, and one of the hits he gave up was a solo HR in his last inning of work. While Olson will probably not see the big club this season, his efforts at Triple-A cannot be ignored.

Herd Rumblings: Matt Den Dekker went 0 for 4 with a strikeout, plummeting his average to .193. Zach Lutz went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and a walk. Rough day overall for the Bisons hitters. Tomorrow will see Jeurys Familia (7-7, 4.88) try to recover from his last two poor outings to try and take one from Syracuse. Game time is 7:05 P.M.