The Buffalo Bisons were once again involved in a Northern Division championship celebration. This time, however, it was the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons who were dancing and congratulating each other at the pitcher's mound.
With a 5-4 victory over the Herd in the opening game of Saturday's doubleheader in front of 9,029 fans, the Red Barons won their first division title since 1992. The Bisons had won the last two championships.
Buffalo took the nightcap, 6-3, to even its record at 71-71.
With the tying run standing on third in the form of pinch-runner Orlando Miller in Game One, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre reliever and former Bison Darryl Scott got Marcos Scutaro to ground into a game-ending fielder's choice. The Bisons left 10 men on base in the game.
After the Red Barons jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning off Herd starter Willie Martinez, Buffalo clawed back to within 4-3, aided by an RBI-triple in the second by Mark Budzinski.
The Herd would get no closer as the Red Barons' Jimmy Myers pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless middle relief to earn the win.
The Red Barons got a three-run blast by Bobby Eselella, his 15th, in the first inning.
Joel Bennett made the start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but earned a no-decision after surrendering four runs, two earned, in 4 1/3 innings.
Jolbert Cabrera went 2 for 4 with an RBI for Buffalo.
A pair of home runs by Jeff Manto and a strong performance by Dave Telgheder, making his first start in two months, helped the Herd win Game Two.
Manto hit a solo shot in the second inning and added a two-run blast as the Bisons jumped out to a 5-2 lead off of Red Barons' starter Barry Johnson.
Telgheder (8-8) allowed both runs on a two-run triple by Matt Guiliano.