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Bisons crushed in Rochester as the playoff pressure mounts

The Buffalo Bisons lost 20-3 on Thursday to the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field. It dropped their record to 66-63 and made their final homestand even more important.

Buffalo will have no time to recuperate after their loss to Rochester. The Bisons haven’t had an off day since Aug. 12 and end the season playing 21 days in a row.

Thursday’s loss was the most runs they’ve given up all season.

Rochester opened the game with 11 runs in the first three innings and then scored an additional nine in the sixth.

Rochester’s first run of the game was walked in. Bisons starting pitcher Tayler Saucedo walked Zander Wiel on a 3-2 count to score Drew Maggi. The next batter, Tomas Tellis, doubled to clear the bases and put the Red Wings up 4-0.

In the second Wilin Rosario singled to score Maggi and Brandon Barnes hit a grand slam to end Saucedo’s night after 1.2 innings.

Matt Dermody came in relief and allowed two runs over 3.1 innings and Jackson McClelland allowed six in 0.1 innings. Kirby Snead allowed three runs in 1.2 innings.

The only pitcher to not allow a run for the Bisons? Outfielder Roemon Fields. He threw a scoreless ninth, with a strikeout.

With only 11 games left it seems the Bisons are going to have to win the International League North to make the playoffs.

The Bisons sit seven games back of the wild-card leading Charlotte Knights and only three games behind the IL North leading Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

Buffalo plays its next seven games at home and finishes its season with four games against the RailRiders on the road.

The Herd starts the homestand with three games against the last place Pawtucket Red Sox tonight (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520).

Bisons aces T.J. Zeuch and Nate Pearson will start Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Following the Pawtucket series will be four more games against the Rochester Red Wings at Sahlen Field.

Rochester and Buffalo are separated by just one game in the standings. The two teams split this week’s series, each taking two games.

The Bisons have announced additional promotions on top of those already planned for Fan Appreciation Week, Aug. 26-29.

Monday will have buy-one, get-one free tickets with a book donation to the Buffalo and Erie County public libraries.

Tuesday’s Mystery Ball Night will feature a fireworks show afterwards.

Wednesday, the first 1,000 fans will receive vouchers for a free Sahlen’s hot dog and there’s a giveaway for game-worn jerseys.

The Bisons have put a limited number of $5 general admission tickets on sale for Thursday’s Fan Appreciation Night, the final home game of the season.

All games against Rochester are scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m.

This weekend against Pawtucket, in addition to Friday’s 7:05 p.m. game, start times are Saturday at 6:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

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