When the final chapter of the 2010 Buffalo Bisons season is written, no one will be able to say that the fans weren’t thoroughly entertained and brought to the edge of their seats as this pennant race has unfolded.
The Bisons came home this past Wednesday and have played Rochester three times. And in all three games it was late inning heroics, walk off winning plays, and great defense which have given Buffalo three huge wins to keep pace in the International League playoff hunt.
On Wednesday it was pitcher Dillon Gee setting the all time Bisons strikeout record, and then Mike Cervenak getting the game winning base hit in the bottom of the 9th. On Thursday afternoon, Buffalo got two runs in the bottom of the 9th to get the come from behind 4-3 victory, with J.R. House providing the heroics.
Tonight at Coca Cola Field, the Bisons exploded for 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th, and that was enough to propel them to a 7-3 victory and the series sweep, before a nearly full house of 16,454 and the fans were on their feet as the game ended, saluting their team for one remarkable game and series.
So is there now an expectation that this Bisons team will almost always come through in the end, no matter what the situation?
“Sure seems like it. We did it an inning earlier tonight,” responded Manager Ken Oberkfell. “These guys just don’t quit. These guys just keep on battling and tonight again we found a way to win it late.”
The Bisons have had a tough time making headway in the standings, as the white hot Louisville Bats have been posting win after win to maintain their hold on the wild card slot. But tonight the Bats dropped one at home against Syracuse, allowing the Bisons to pull within two games of a playoff slot. “It was nice to pick up a game. But we can only control what we do and we just have to keep battling. The guys are pretty happy we picked up a game tonight, but we have to enjoy this one, put this behind us and get ready for a big doubleheader against Pawtucket tomorrow,” said Oberkfell.
This will be a six game homestand against the Pawtucket Red Sox, and Oberkfell promised the team would be prepared. “They’re already sick of us. We just played, them, what, four games down there in Pawtucket, so both teams know what to expect. It should be a pretty good series.”
Russ Adams put the icing on the cake tonight with a three run blast in the bottom of the 8th to give his team a 7-2 lead. “I don’t know how many walk off wins or late inning wins we’ve had this year, ‘ said Adams. “But we’ve had that going for us all year. Especially as of late it’s propelled us to where we are and hopefully we can keep it going.”
Saturday’s start time is 5:35PM with two seven inning games scheduled. The Famous Chicken will be in town to do his antics so it should be a great night at the ballpark. Summer is winding down and just a few games left. Get your tickets and c’mon see your Bisons in some great pennant action!