Bisons routed by the G-Braves, 7-1

Roemon Fields bats in lone Herd run

By Robby Johnson | August 20, 2017 4:04 PM ET

The Bisons dropped their last matchup with Gwinnett of the season, 7-1, after the Braves capitalized on a plethora of scoring in the second and third innings. 

The G-Braves' biggest scoring outburst came in the third inning thanks to a home run. To start off the inning, Rio Ruiz and Matt Tuiasosopo got on base through a walk and a single respectively. On the ensuing at bat, Carlos Franco then drilled a home run towards right field to give Gwinnett a five-run lead to cruise to the victory. 

An inning prior, Gwinnett tacked on two runs by taking advantage of Herd miscues. Luis Santos botched a pitch and hit Dustin Peterson in the head, resulting in Sean Kazmar to come in as a pinch runner at first. Kyle Kubitza then reached base after a fielding error by Michael Saunders and Kazmar made it to third. David Freitas and Ronald Acuna were then able to bat in singles to score both Kazmar and Kubitza

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Bisons fall 1-0 in pitching duel against Gwinnett

Bisons get just one hit on the day

By Robby Johnson | August 19, 2017 9:24 PM ET

The Bisons fell to Gwinnett 1-0 on Saturday night through strong pitching from Luiz Gohara and the Braves' bullpen. The game was witnessed by a solid crowd of 15,556 at Coca-Cola Field. 

Gohara allowed just one hit and a pair of walks in four innings of work from atop the mound. Before calling it a day, he also delivered five strikeouts. Akeel Morris (W, 1-2), Dan Winkler, and Phillip Pfeifer then kept the runs column clean in relief. 

The G-Braves' first and only run of the day came in the opening inning. Ronald Acuna and Sean Kazmar reached base with a single and a double respectively to put the Braves in scoring position. Scoring Acuna, Rio Ruiz batted a groundout towards first base to secure an early lead. 

Buffalo had just a single hit on the night. The only hit recorded was a bunt single by Dwight Smith Jr. in the bottom of the first. Despite the lack of offense, the Herd did have the tying run on base in the ninth after Dwight Smith Jr. reached on a fielding error by the Braves' Luis Valenzuela. Smith Jr. made it all the way to third before the game ended through a passed ball and a groundout. 

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SUNDAY: Back to School Day features Celery Lunch Bag Giveaway

Final Kids Club Sunday with postgame Kids Run the Bases

August 19, 2017 4:33 PM ET

Kids, we know you don't like to see summer come to an end. All that homework… getting up early every day… yuck!

But listen, we've got one more awesome afternoon for you at the ballpark. And we'll even give you something that can make all your friends jealous at lunch time!

The Bisons will host Back to School Day at the ballpark on Sunday, August 20 with a 1:05 p.m. game against the Gwinnett Braves. Get to the ballpark early though as the first 3,000 fans through the Inspire Dental Gate at Swan St. will receive a very cool Celery Lunch Bag Giveaway, compliments of New York's 529 College Savings Program (Gates 12:00 p.m.).

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Jansen's hot bat helps beat Braves, 4-3

Catcher snaps tie with home run off foul pole

By Blake Arlington | August 18, 2017 11:14 PM ET

Danny Jansen hasn't needed to adjust to Triple-A pitching, but Triple-A pitchers better start adjusting to Danny Jansen.

The 22-year old Bisons backstop homered off the left field foul pole in the sixth inning of a 4-3 fridaynightbash! over the Gwinnett Braves from Coca-Cola Field. The Herd has now won six of its last seven contests and is 12-5 in the month of August.

Playing in just his 10th career Triple-A game, Jansen collected his fourth multi-hit performance in front of a crowd of 12,386 in downtown Buffalo. He singled and scored the Herd's first run of the game in the second inning and then broke a 3-3 tie with his first career home run at the highest minor league level.

Video: Danny Jansen Homer

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Bisons take series with 4-1 win over Indians

By Robby Johnson | August 17, 2017 4:26 PM ET

The Bisons took an 4-1 win against Indianapolis on Thursday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field thanks to a Dwight Smith Jr. RBI double in the seventh inning. 

Smith Jr.'s winning hit came shortly after a line drive double to left field by Rowdy Tellez. Batting the first Tyler Glasnow pitch he saw, the Bisons outfielder sent a ground ball to right field. The Indians had trouble fielding the ball as centerfielder Austin Meadows deflected it. The double was the twentieth of the season for Smith Jr.

Getting the Herd on the board to start the day was Jon Berti in the first inning. Berti was patient in the leadoff spot and took four straight balls from Tyler Glasnow to get to first base. With Michael Saunders at the plate Berti then used his speed to steal second base and an at bat later made it to third with another stolen bag. Teoscar Hernandez was able to bring the Bisons second baseman home thanks to a groundout to third to get an early one-run lead. 

Adding an important insurance run later on in the seventh for Buffalo was Alex Monsalve. To bring Smith Jr. home from second, the catcher sent a grounder towards second base for an RBI single and gave the Herd a 3-1 lead. Michael Saunders also tacked on a home run with a solo shot to centerfield in the eighth frame.

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Bisons grab 5-4 extra innings win over Indians

Oberholtzer shuts out Indians in first 7.2 innings

By Robby Johnson | August 16, 2017 10:13 PM ET

Bisons catcher Danny Jansen and lefty pitcher Brett Oberholtzer packed a 1-2 punch in a 5-4 victory over Indianapolis that went to the tenth inning on Wednesday night at Coca-Cola Field.

Jansen contributed to the first two Herd scores to begin the game in the second and fourth innings respectively. To open the second, Teoscar Hernandez batted a line drive single to center field. Jansen stepped up to the plate shortly after and drilled an RBI double to left field to put the Herd up a run. Then in the fourth, the Herd catcher opened the inning with another double to left field. After a single from Shane Opitz and a groundout from Gregorio Petit, Jansen made his way home to make the score 2-0. 

Video: Jansen RBI Double

Video: Gregorio Petit RBI Single

Oberholtzer produced his fifth straight quality start and came close to eight shutout innings for the Bisons before surrendering two runs with one out left. The southpaw tossed 111 pitches with 70 of them hitting the strike zone and also threw four strikeouts. In his past five appearances, Oberholtzer threw for 33.2 innings and allowed just eight earned runs (2.14 ERA in that span). 

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'The Links at Coca-Cola Field' Golf Course returns to ballpark, September 15-17

WNY's most unique golfing experience is back

August 16, 2017 2:14 PM ET

Back by popular demand, the Bisons today announced that the ballpark will once again be transformed into The Links at Coca-Cola Field from Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17. The nine-hole, par-27 course provides golfers with a truly unique and challenging golf experience unlike any other in Western New York.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TEE TIME TODAY!

The Links at Coca-Cola Field allows golfers will take their swings from eight tee boxes located around the ballpark, including from home plate and the right field Bully Hill Party Deck. This year's updated course design includes an additional club level shot (now three) as well as different pin placements from last year's course. The course also includes a one-hole putting challenge in the Bisons indoor batting cages.

Each golf hole will continue to feature unique themes, such as having to deal with extra crowd noise or unfavorable weather conditions. The new 'Double Down' hole will also dare golfers to bet on themselves as good shots will be scored better (pars scored as a birdies, birdies marked down as aces), but errant shots will be penalized more (bogeys become double bogeys, doubles become triples)! The team has also remade it's the Putting Hole #8 to the 'Disco Ball' hole, where golfers will hit neon golf balls through a green only lit by disco lights.

The Bisons have also expanded its use of mulligans, which can be purchased before the round for a second chance at any hole (except for the all-new 'Double-Down' hole). Each mulligan will cost a $5 donation to the Buffalo Bisons Charitable Foundation with a maximum of two per golfer.

Top scores from the weekend will also be displayed on the BisonsHD Scoreboard while the best golfers from each of the four sessions of tee times will win fantastic prizes.

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Indians use two homers to beat Bisons, 8-3

Two homers from Gift Ngoepe seals victory for Indy

By Robby Johnson | August 15, 2017 11:08 PM ET

The Bisons lost a matchup with Indianapolis on Monday night, 8-3, after surrendering a pair of home runs to the Indians' Gift Ngoepe.

Ngoepe's homers contributed five of the Indians' runs on the night. With Edwin Espinal and Christopher Bostick on base after respective singles, the Indians third baseman belted a shot to left field to score the first three of the night. Ngoepe's second bomb of the night came in the fourth frame towards left field. Jacob Stallings was on second at the time after he drove in a double and made his way to home plate as Idianapolis collected a 6-2 advantage.

Back-to-back doubles brought in an Indians score in the third inning. Austin Meadows batted a line drive to centerfield to reach second followed by a Max Moroff double to right field, plating meadows in the process.

Buffalo's first two runs were setup by a triple. Teoscar Hernandez sent a ball to center field to make it to third in the second inning. Dwight Smith Jr. cleaned up with an RBI single and brought Hernandez home with a line drive to right field. Jon Berti also took a ball to centerfield an inning later to round the base to third. Roemon Fields brought Berti to the plate on the ensuing at bat when he drilled a pitch to centerfield, trimming Buffalo's deficit to two runs.

Video: Dwight Smith Jr.'s RBI Single

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FAN GUIDE: Saturday's Superhero Night

Everything you need to know, better than your trusty utility belt

August 15, 2017 9:40 PM ET

Superhero Night Edition #3, presented by Niagara County Community College, is Saturday, August 19th as the Bisons host the Gwinnett Braves at Coca-Cola Field. We might not be able to outfit everyone with a trusty utility belt, but we arm you with the knowledge you need to get the most out of this fun-filled night at the ballpark!

Check out this special Bisons.com Superhero Night Fan Guide with information on everything from hot dogs to jersey raffles to this year's storyline.

Tickets & Superhero 4-Packs
CLICK HERE for single-game tickets for Saturday's Superhero Night and SAVE $2.00 on every ticket you buy before gameday! There are no more Superhero 4-Packs for this year's game.

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Bisons announce 2018 playing schedule

Opening Day at Coca-Cola Field set for April 12 vs. Indy

August 15, 2017 2:31 PM ET

As Bisons' fans gear up for the final 10 home games of this summer at Coca-Cola Field, the team announced that more great events and exciting baseball action is right around the corner. The Bisons today revealed their 2018 playing schedule for the 31st season in downtown Buffalo.

CLICK HERE to download a 2018 playing schedule PDF.

The Bisons will begin the 2018 season on the road in Rochester before returning for the 31st Home Opener at Coca-Cola Field, Thursday, April 12, 2018 against the Indianapolis Indians. All game times are to be announced.

"It's never easy to say good bye to baseball and all those fun summer nights at the ballpark at the end of one season. But knowing that another amazing year of Bisons baseball at Coca-Cola Field is on the horizon helps all of us stay warm and excited during those cold offseason days," said Mike Buczkowski, Vice President/General Manager of the Bisons. "With our schedule now in place, our team can get to work planning yet another fun-filled season of great sports and family entertainment at the ballpark."

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