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Welcome to the playoff push homestand

by Amy Moritz

It's the most wonderful time of the baseball season, that is for those teams in the postseason race. And for the Buffalo Bisons, who found themselves 10 games back of the divisional race on June 27, it's all about controlling their own destiny, with a bit of scoreboard watching for good measure.

In Monday afternoon games, Lehigh Valley lost to Gwinnett, 5-4. Rochester, meanwhile, tied the game with two runs in the ninth and scored five in the 14th to win at Norfolk, 9-4.

And so the setup going into tonight's doubleheader at Coca-Cola Field with Syracuse (5:30 p.m., Radio 1520, TWCS) is this: Buffalo is three games behind Rochester for the IL North Division title and half a agame ahead of Norfolk and Pawtucket in the Wild Card race.

Buffalo begins a stretch of six games in five days at home, with two today and one tomorrow against Syracuse and then a three-game series with Rochester.

The Bisons start today with Ricky Romero. He had a rough start in his last outing, a no-decision on Aug. 6 against Pawtucket. The start was solid -- just one hit in three innings with his offense spotting him a 7-0 lead. He then gave up seven runs in the fourth inning.

Bobby Korecky will get the spot start in the second game. He his 3-0 with a 4.31 ERA.

In other news, the Bisons lead the Thruway Cup series with Rochester and Buffalo. I throw that in, because, well, because it's the cup.

Today's Game 1 Starting Lineup:
Mike McCoy -- 2B
Anthony Gose -- CF
Kevin Pillar -- LF
Clint Robinson -- 1B
Moises Sierra -- RF
Luis Jimenez -- DH
Ryan Goins -- 3B
Munenori Kawasaki -- SS
Mike Nickeas -- C 


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About Inside Pitch

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.

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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.

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