Buffalo 2, Pawtucket 1: Bisons Need Extras And A Walk Off

It took quite awhile, but the Bisons finally defeated the Pawtucket Paw Sox in 13 innings by a score of 2-1.

The Paw Sox struck first in the top of the fourth inning. Following a walk, a gapped line drive to the wall scored the runner all the way from first base.

The Bisons countered, with the help of Pawtucket, in the fifth. A tailor-made double play was turned into a run when the Paw Sox second basement launched a throw over the first basemen’s target. The mistake tossed the Bisons in a 1-1 tie game.

That tie was threatened by the Paw Sox in the top of the ninth. With a runner on second, Pawtucket was threatening to score. Eventually, with two outs, a foul ball was headed to the first row of the seats near third base. Most in the stadium (including myself) assumed the ball was caught by a fan. But, Buffalo’s Andy Burns was there, climbing into the seats over the tarp to grab the ball and oust the Pawtucket rally. The catch was easily the defensive play of the game.

In the bottom of the ninth the Bisons put runners on first and second base with Burns at the dish. A Pawtucket balk advanced those runners to second and third, and caused the Paw Sox manager to get ejected from the game while arguing the call. Burns ended the threat with a groundout to third base.

Buffalo starter Randy Wolf threw a phenomenal game. The Bisons only had three available arms in the pen, so a strong and lengthy performance was in order from the Wolf. He did just that, going eight innings, allowing only three hits while walking three batters and striking out four. The Paw Sox only scored that one run on the left-handed veteran.   

Unfortunately the length of Wolf’s performance still didn’t matter much for bullpen preservation. The 1-1 gridlock lasted deep into the game, lasting until the 13th inning. That was until the Bisons put Caleb Gindl on first with a single. Jon Berti followed up the hit with a double deep into the left field corner. Though it took a big effort from Gindl, the Bisons scored the runner all the way from first base. It was a walk off victory for Buffalo, as they beat the Paw Sox 2-1.

Mascot Race:

Celery led the whole way. But…we’ve seen that before. Naturally, she fell behind and allowed Atomic Wing to slide past for the victory. If you’re interested, I had Atomic Wing in the Press Box daily bet. Atomic Wing wins, and I win. It was a good day.