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Bisons go atomic, open home stand with win

The hardy souls who ventured out to Coca Cola Field tonight to welcome the Buffalo Bisons back home had plenty to cheer about. Thanks to home runs by two of the unlikeliest of candidates – catcher Lucas May and infielder Omar Quintinilla, and supported by the fabulous relief pitching performance of Jack Egbert, the Herd opened their eight game home stand with a 7-3 win over the visiting Rochester Red Wings.

This team had a somewhat different look from the squad that was here earlier this month. Andres Torres started at centerfield, down in Buffalo on a rehabilitation assignment from the parent New York Mets. He went 0-4 on the night with two strikeouts. Two new names on the roster are infielder Brad Emaus and outfielder Fred Lewis, both signed just this week by the Mets to minor league contracts. They take roster spots occupied by Rob Johnson and Adam Loewen, both of whom were profiled in this week’s print edition of Artvoice.

A new twist was unveiled in the Bisons’ very popular and eagerly anticipated mascot race. Out of the blue, a fourth mascot, the Atomic Wing, appeared seemingly out of nowhere, totally shocking the other three famed mascots. Atomic Wing sprinted to the finish line uncontested to corral his first win in tonight’s race. Celery remains winless, and now has to cope with a third tormentor to thwart his quest for the elusive victory.

Still have a straight face on? Perfect! For the Bisons are home this weekend, with 1:05 starts Saturday and Sunday, before switching to 6:05pm starts the rest of this home stand. Temperatures will be climbing and getting better every day, with abundant sunshine on tap all weekend. Cheer on the Bisons and their mascots and see YOU at the ballpark!

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