Bisons lose home finale, playoff dream

Thursday night wasn’t the way the Bisons had hoped to end the home portion of the 2010 season.

A great year on and off the field in downtown Buffalo concluded on a sour note in front of 15,539 at Coca-Cola Field. The Herd lost to the Yankees, 9-2, and saw their slight playoff chances officially come to and end.

The final game was in no way indicative of the previous 71 contests played in front of minor league baseball’s best fans. The Herd had 11 walk-off victories, including four via a home run. Maybe none was more memorable than Fernando Martinez’ grand slam winner on June 14 at Lehigh Valley.

Herd fans got to see great offensive performances. Valentino Pascucci’s three-home run game, just the park’s third ever. Lucas Duda splashed onto the scene in mid June and hit home runs in a record-tying five straight games. Jesus Feliciano had 13 hits in one, four-game series against Toledo.

On the mound, it was almost perfection for R.A. Dickey on April 29 against Durham. He allowed a hit to the first batter he faced, then retired the next 27.

It was a great season at home for the Bisons, who finished the year with 42 victories at Coca-Cola Field. Along the way, more than 570,000 fans came through the turnstiles as enjoyed great events like the Independence Eve Celebration, Star Wars night and each and every fridaynightbash!

Unfortunately, the final chapter to the 2010 season will be a missed post season. The Herd was officially eliminated as the Yankees jumped out to a 7-0 lead with four runs in the third and three in the fourth against Bisons’ ace Dillon Gee. Despite the loss, Gee still finished with 13 wins on the season and Triple-A best total of 165 strikeouts.

As has been the Bisons appeal all season, the Herd fought to the final out. The team scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth, on an RBI grounder by Mike Cervenak and J.R. House’s RBI-single.

The Bisons will conclude the 2010 with four road games. The team will play Lehigh Valley for two before ending the season with two games in Rochester.

BISONS NOTES: The Bisons finished with a 42-30 record at Coca-Cola Field. It was the club’s best home record since going 43-29 during the 2006 campaign…Before the game, the team named Lucas Duda the 2010 Most Valuable Player. Pat Misch was named the team’s Most Valuable Pitcher.

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