Before Celery took the field for the final time, the Buffalo Bisons and Pawtucket Red Sox played an extra-inning baseball game.
It took 12 innings to decide the game, with Pawtucket scoring four runs to break a 3-3 tie and take a 7-5 win.
All of the PawSox runs came with two outs in the 12th. With the bases loaded, Bryce Brentz singled scoring a run. Shane Opitz, who came in as a pinch runner in the eighth inning, had an errant throw to first that allowed a second run to score.
Sam Travis then had a two-run bloop single that gave Pawtucket a 7-3 lead.
In the bottom of the 12th, Dwight Smith Jr. led off with a single but Christian Lopes flew out to shallow right and Michael Saunders grounded out to second. With two outs Teoscar Hernandez homered to left field, cutting the lead to 7-5.
Pinch hitter Mike Ohlman struck out to end the rally and the game.
Early lead: Pawtucket took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Sam Travis had a one-out double up the third base line, then scored on a two-out single to right by Deven Marrero. The Red Sox made it 2-0 when Marrero scored when Jake Romanski reached on an error by Bisons second baseman Christian Lopes.
Breaking up the no-hitter: The Bisons were held hitless until for 3 2/3 innings before Hernandez broke through for a single up the middle. The hit scored Smith Jr., who reached with a leadoff walk, stole second and went to third on fly out to right from Saunders.
Tie ball game: With two outs in the fifth, Jason Leblebijian singled and took second on a wild pitch. Smith Jr.'s single scored Leblebijian to knot the game, 2-2.
The longball: Travis hit his sixth home run of the season, a one-out solo shot to left field, to put Pawtucket back on top in the sixth, 3-2.
Big on defense: Hernandez made a spectacular catch in left field to end the sixth inning. A blast from Pawtucket second baseman Mike Miller was tagged to drop a few feet from the wall in the gap, but Hernandez got there in time and made the catch, with his back to the field, look easy.
Bases loaded: The Herd loaded the bases with one out in the sixth thanks to a fielder's choice from Hernandez, a swinging bunt single from Rowdy Tellez, and a walk drawn by Luke Maile. A sacrifice to right from Gregorio Petit allowed Hernandez to score from third and tie the game, 3-3. With runners on the corners and two outs, Roemon Fields took a called strike three to end the inning.
Bases loaded II: The Bisons had the bases loaded with no outs in the seventh but left with nothing. Michael Saunders popped up to shortstop and Hernandez flew out to shallow center. Leblebijian tried to tag from third, but the throw from Brian Bogusevic was spot on and he was tagged out.
Attendance: It was just short of a sellout with 16,463 at Coca-Cola Field. Current capacity is 16,907.
IL All-Stars: There were no Buffalo Bisons selected to the International League Postseason All-Star team. Lehigh Valley's Rhys Hoskins earned the league's Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards. At the time of his promotion to Philadelphia earlier this month, Hoskins dominated the IL in his first Triple-A season, hitting a then-IL best 29 home runs while his 91 RBIs, 78 runs scored, and .581 slugging percentage still lead the league.
Steven Brault of Indianapolis, who leads the league with a 1.94 ERA, was named the Most Valuable Pitcher while Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's Al Pedrique took the IL Manager of the Year honors for the second year in a row.
The rest of the IL All-Stars are Mitch Garver, catcher, Rochester Red Wings; Hoskins, first base, Lehigh Valley IronPigs; Ozzie Albies, second base, Gwinnett Braves; Tyler Wade, shortstop, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders; Yandy Diaz, third base, Columbus Clippers; Bryce Brentz, outfield, Pawtucket Red Sox; Rusney Castillo, outfield, Pawtucket Red Sox; Zack Granite, outfield, Rochester Red Wings; Pedro Alvarez, designated hitter, Norfolk Tides; Ronny Rodriguez, utility player, Columbus Clippers; Brault, starting pitcher, Indianapolis Indians; Pedro Beato, relief pitcher, Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Up next: The Bisons close out their home season Thursday at 7:05 p.m. with lefty Ryan Borucki making his Triple-A debut for the Herd against Pawtucket righty Justin Haley.
The Herd then close out the season with four games in Syracuse, Sept. 1-4. The Bisons scheduled rotation for those games is: Chris Rowley, Murphy Smith, Nick Tepesch, and Luis Santos.
Radio note: Due to a heavy night of Western New York sports action Thursday, Bisons baseball will be carried on WBEN 930 AM. Entercom Radio Buffalo will carry Buffalo Bulls football on ESPN 1520 and WGR 550 will air Buffalo Bills coverage. WBEN served as the Bisons flagship from 1985-1988.