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Showdown series with Pawtucket underway

If the Buffalo Bisons hope to make it to the International League playoffs, then they will have to come up big against the team they’ve been chasing most of the season in the IL North, the Pawtucket Red Sox. The Pawsox came to town tonight to open a four game set at Coca Cola Field, and Buffalo just could not get it done, succumbing by a 5-0 score.

Bisons ace Matt Harvey looked sensational for most of the night, throwing no hit ball through 5 2/3 innings. Then the wheels came off, and a three run home run was all the Pawsox would need enroute to their first win in this set.

“One bad pitch,” lamented Manager Wally Backman referring to Harvey’s otherwise good performance (he went 7 innings). “Otherwise he threw more change ups and pitched pretty well. When he learns how to command his change up that’s what is going to get him to the big leagues.” Backman admitted that once his pitcher surrendered that first hit, it caused a momentum switch. “Once he gave up the hit, he seemed to lose a bit of focus, he finally got out of the inning. Seven innings is as far as he’s gone all year.”

The Bisons hit into four double plays, pretty much negating any offensive momentum. “You can’t win ball games if you don’t score runs. They got the double play when they need it. But you still have to get more than four hits to win a game,” said Backman.

“We’ve played ’em tough,” Backman said about the way his team has matched up with Pawtucket. “Todays one game out of four. We need to play better. We got a couple guys struggling at the plate the last week or so we got to get them going. They’re doing better at practice now we got to get that to carry over into the game.”

The Bisons play Pawtucket three more times before hitting to the road.. Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon. Get yourself down to the ballpark!

One more Bisons note.. the Pacific Coast League squad which will be playing in the AAA All Star Game will be managed by none other than former Buffalo Manager Marty Brown. Brown managed the Herd to its last championship and Governors Cup, back in 2004.