Add another shiny entry to Jonathan Davis' spectacular season in the outfield for the Buffalo Bisons. Davis' latest acrobatic catch produced a 5-4 victory over the Rochester Red Wings Monday in Sahlen Field.
Davis earned the No. 1 play of the night on ESPN's "SportsCenter Top 10" with a diving catch in left field on a line drive by Rochester's Ronald Torreyes with two out, runners at first and second and the Bisons nursing their one-run lead in the top of the seventh.
Davis made a headlong dive to his right to backhand the ball and prevent the tying and go-ahead runs from scoring, then jogged off the field to a standing ovation from much of the crowd of 9,489.
Davis cracked the ESPN list for the fifth time this season between stints in Buffalo and Toronto and this was his third No. 1 nod. He also topped the list for his diving grab in the bottom of the ninth that preserved T.J. Zeuch's no-hitter Aug. 19 in Rochester, and for a leaping catch against the left-field fence in Buffalo's June 19 win here over Norfolk.
— Mike Harrington (@ByMHarrington) August 27, 2019
"Hi, #SCTop10... yeah... yeah, it's the #Bisons again... yup... @3_JonathanDavis did it again... i know, right?... he's unreal... ok... talk to you later, I'm sure... bye!"@MiLB | @BlueJays pic.twitter.com/2j4kZXRnZF
— Buffalo Bisons (@BuffaloBisons) August 27, 2019
Buffalo (68-65) still faces an uphill battle to earn a playoff berth as it didn't gain ground despite the win. The Bisons are three games out of first place in the International League North with seven games to play.
Syracuse (71-62) won two games over Lehigh Valley, eliminating the IronPigs from the race and pulling into a tie with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for first place in the division. Meanwhile, Scranton won its game at Pawtucket, 7-4, on Ryan McBroom’s three-run homer in the top of the 10th.
The Bisons can max their win total at 75. Any combination of five losses by the Bisons or wins by the RailRiders or Mets would close out Buffalo’s chances of making the playoffs.
The Bisons have three more home games left against Rochester before closing the season with four games at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starting on Friday night.
The Bisons scored all of their runs in the second and third innings in building a 5-1 lead and four relievers combined to pitch the last 5 2/3 innings without giving up an earned run. The highlights were 2 2/3 shutout innings by Matt Dermody and a 1-2-3 ninth by newcomer Travis Bergen, who earned his first save.
On a night with no home runs, the Bisons singled and doubled their way to victory. Nash Knight and Beau Taylor, two more recent additions, had run-producing doubles while Santiago Espinal and Roemon Fields had RBI singles. Eight of the nine batters in the Bisons’ order produced hits. Fields was 2 for 2, extending his hit streak to six games and improving to 8 for 21 over that span.
Knight, who made his Triple-A debut at Rochester last Thursday, got his first hit as a Bison when he doubled home Taylor with the first Buffalo run in the second inning.
Taylor was 2 for 4, including his second double in two games since coming over from Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League on waivers.
Lefty Anthony Kay (2-4, 4.66) is the scheduled starter for the Bisons against right-hander Kohl Stewart (8-5, 5.23) Tuesday night at 7:05 (Radio 1520). Kay got his first win for the Bisons in a 7-4 victory at Rochester last week.