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.


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 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!

Or, really flex your super-saver muscles by getting the Superhero 4-Pack! How about four tickets, four Sahlen's Hot Dogs and four Coca-Cola Soft Drinks for only $81?!?! PLUS, you get a Bisons' logo superhero cape and shield!

But hurry, and CLICK HERE for your Superhero 4-Pack! They will only be available through Friday, August 18!!

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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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August 18-20: Final home weekend of the season

Honda fridaynightbash, Superhero Night and Kids Club Sunday

August 15, 2017 1:04 PM ET

Bisons fans, don't say good-bye to summer just yet!

Believe it or not, the Herd has just one more home weekend left this season and it's this weekend at Coca-Cola Field. But don't worry, we saved some of our best events for the last Friday-Saturday-Sunday of the team's home schedule.


The weekend gets started like any great summer weekend in Buffalo does, with a Honda fridaynightbash!® on August 18 against Gwinnett (7pm). Pregame Resurgence Brewing Happy Hour goes from 5-6:30 p.m. with 14 oz. craft beers for only $3, food specials and live music. And of course, postgame Fireworks.

Then on Saturday, it's the return of Superhero Night, presented by NCCC. The game starts at 6 p.m., but we're opening the ballpark early at 4 p.m. so you can meet and get your picture taken with over 50 heroes and villains from the WNY Superhero Alliance. There will also be an in-game raffle of the special superhero jerseys the Bisons players will be wearing during the game. Then after the contest on the field, sit back and enjoy a postgame battle and Fireworks!


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Hernandez leads Bisons in 10-4 Toledo rout

The Bisons outfielder bats in five in win

By Robby Johnson | August 13, 2017 8:50 PM ET

The Bisons raked in an emphatic 10-4 win over Toledo on Sunday night at Fifth-Third field. The game was all but sealed by a Teoscar Hernandez grand slam in the second inning.

Hernandez stepped up to the plate with the Herd in comfortable position and with the bases loaded by Christian Lopes, Michael Saunders, and Rowdy Tellez. Stuck in a pitchers count of 0-2, the Bisons right fielder batted his first International League home run towards left field to clean up the bases and give the Bisons an 8-1 lead as a result.

The Herd outfielder's successful day continued later in the fifth. Tellez made it to first base after a walk and Hernandez added another RBI to his name by drilling a line drive double to center field. Tellez made it all the way to home plate in the process to stretch the Herd advantage to 9-1.

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Bisons surge past Mud Hens in extras, 6-2

By Robby Johnson | August 12, 2017 11:20 PM ET

The Bisons defeated Toledo in extra innings on Saturday night, 6-2, after the Herd added four runs in the twelfth.

With the game tied at two runs each, it took twelve innings of play for the Herd to best the Mud Hens. After Jason Leblebijian reached base through a force out, Jon Berti and Roemon Fields loaded the bags up thanks to a fielding error from Toledo's Omar Infante and a walk. Working a 2-2 count, Christian Lopes drove in a pair when he smacked a line drive double to centerfield for the win

Both the Bisons and the Mud Hens got on the board to start their respective nights with two-run home runs. Toledo opened up the bottom half of the second frame with a walk by JaCoby Jones followed by a homer by Matt den Dekker to right field. Then in the fifth inning, Buffalo knotted the game up shortly after Danny Jansen drew a fourth ball. In the ensuing at bat, Leblebijian took a 0-1 count and blasted a pitch to left-center for his eleventh home run of the season.

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Strong seventh catapults Herd to 5-2 win over Toledo

Fields, Lopes go combined 5-8 on the day

By Robby Johnson | August 11, 2017 10:04 PM ET

The Bisons fired on all cylinders in the seventh to grab a win over Toledo, 5-2, on Friday night at Fifth-Third Field.

With the game knotted up at two apiece, Jon Berti began the string of seventh inning success with his third triple of the season on a liner to centerfield. After a single from Roemon Fields to put runners on the corners, Christian Lopes batted a line drive to left field for a double to score both Berti and Fields. To add the final score of the night, Jake Elmore batted a sac fly to Toledo's Tyler Collins in right field to bring home Lopes from third, giving the Herd a 5-2 edge.

Buffalo went scoreless up until the fifth inning. With Berti and Fields on base after a force out and a single, Lopes tacked on the first Herd score to tie the game with a grounder to left field to plate Berti. The Bisons brought the game to an even playing field again an inning later after singles from Michael Saunders and Rowdy Tellez when Danny Jansen brought Saunders to home plate with a single to left field.

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Toledo holds off Buffalo, 6-3

Rowdy Tellez went 3-3 in the loss

By Lucas Sperduti | August 10, 2017 10:28 PM ET

Buffalo's first baseman, Rowdy Tellez went 3-3 with three RBI and two walks but it was not enough as they fall to the Mud Hens 6-3 Thursday night at Fifth Third Field.


Buffalo gave the ball to LuisSantos who was making his 18th start of the season in a matchup with Toledo. He set down five batters on strikes while yielding a pair of walks. After tossing three hitless frames, Santos allowed three runs on five hits in the fourth and fifth innings to put him on the hook for the loss. Mat Dermody replaced him after pitching five complete innings. Santos' record moved to 3-10 with the loss.

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