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Herd through grapevine after homestand finale

Gotta say this about the Bisons: There's no run-for-the-bus going on here. They finished a solid 6-4 homestand with Friday night's 4-2, 11-inning win over the Toledo Mud Hens. They're 8-9 in August and 11-9 in their last 20 games. That's not a team going through the motions.

The Herd tied it in the ninth on Jesus Feliciano's two-out RBI single and won it on Valentino Pascucci's walkoff bomb to right in the 11th. So the win broke the Herd's 0-57 record this year when trailing after eight innings. Yikes.

With four home games left, the Bisons are 33-35 downtown and 21-37 on the road. They hit the bus right after the game for an eight-game trek to Columbus and Toledo. Columbus has the best record in the IL this year and the Herd is 0-8 the last two years in Toledo. Oof.

Some more tidbits from Friday night:

---Pascucci's walkoff shot was his first as a Bison and the 48th in the ballpark's 24 seasons. The only other one this season came when Nick Evans connected in the 10th inning April 21 against Rochester. Pascucci has 19 homers and 85 RBIs for the season, tied for the IL lead. No Bison has led the IL in RBIs since Pancho Herrera in 1962.

With 18 games left, Pascucci has a shot at becoming the franchise's fourth 100-RBI man. Only five have gotten to 90, the last one being Ernie Young's 100-RBI season in 2004.

---Feliciano's single was his 364th hit in three years with the Herd. He's three behind tying Brandon Phillips for fourth on the modern-era list and just 14 behind the franchise record of 378 set by Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Bill Selby from 1998-2002.

---The crowd of 16,447 was the second-largest of the season, behind only the 17,454 that came to BPO Night on July 3. Hey people, where ya been all summer?

---Chris Schwinden fanned six more batters to push his strikeout total to 119, fourth in the modern era. Next up is Randy Kramer with 120 in 1988.

---Josh Satin, who had a 14-game hitting streak last month, now has a seven-gamer and is batting .346 in his 27 games with the Bisons.

---The Bisons' final four home games are Aug. 28-29 against Rochester and Aug. 31-Sept. 1 against Syracuse.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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