There was no way the Bisons and Yankees were going to be able to finish their game on Friday night. And that was the only thing that was clear.
A heavy fog blanketed Dunn Tire Park and made it impossible for the two teams to finish the opening game of a five-game series. The game was finally suspended with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning with the score tied 1-1.
The game will be concluded as part of a doubleheader on Saturday, June 28 starting at 6:05 p.m. The Yanks and Bisons will then play a second nine-inning game that will begin no earlier than 7:05 p.m.
The fog also forced the cancellation of the fridaynightbash!'s post-game fireworks show. The Bisons announced to the fans during the game that they have added fireworks displays to the games on Sunday, July 6 and Monday, July 7 and a game ticket from Friday can be redeemed for either of those two games.
All ticket exchanges must be made at the Dunn Tire park Box Office.
Unfortunately for the Herd, the heaviest of the fog came a half inning too early. Buffalo led 1-0 from the second inning on before the Yanks used the foggy conditions to their advantage in the top of the ninth. With one out, Matt Carson lofted a deep fly ball that left fielder Jason Tyner never saw. After landing on the warning track, the ball bounced over the wall for a ground rule double.
Then with two outs, pinch hitter J.D. Closser hit a routine fly ball to center on a 1-2 pitch from Buffalo closer Jeff Stevens. This time it was Brad Snyder who was forced to look through the thick fog and find the ball. Unfortunately, the Bisons centerfielder was unable to and the ball landed behind him for a game-tying double.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre reliever Heath Phillips retired the first two Bisons batters in the bottom of the ninth inning. Then, with an 0-2 count on Herd catcher Chris Gimenez, the game was officially suspended.
The Herd scored their only run when Jordan Brown led off the second inning with a triple. Gimenez knocked him in with a sacrifice fly to center.
The late rally spoiled another great outing from Dan Reichert. The righty gave up just four hits in six shutout innings for the Herd. Reliever Tom Mastny also threw two shutout innings.-herd-
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