Niagara Gazette — BUFFALO — The Buffalo Bisons ended their 2013 regular season home schedule Thursday night with some lively fireworks, both literally and figuratively.
The figurative blasts came in the form of Buffalo's eighth inning comeback, during which the Herd used a two-run homer and ground rule double to erase an 0-2 deficit, on their way to a 3-2 win over the Rochester Red Wings at Coca Cola Field.
The actual postgame fireworks capped off a night during which 16,998 fans celebrated not only the win but also the mid-game announcement that the Bisons and major league affiliate Toronto Blue Jays have extended their partnership through the end of the 2016 season.
Heading into the late stages, though, it seemed more like the fans would be mourning the official elimination of the Bisons from postseason contention. Rochester's Eduardo Escobar broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth inning with a solo home run that represented the only hit given up by starting Bisons pitcher Sean Nolin, who also struck out five batters in 5 2/3 innings.
"It was tough to let up," said Nolin after the game. "The hit was all right, but to make it the home run and for them to go up 1-0 kind of got to me a little."
Nolin left the game after the home run but ended up without a decision. His counterpart, Cole De Vries, also left the game without a decision after limiting the Bisons to just two hits in seven innings.
Rochester added a run in the top of the eighth and it looked like Buffalo's countdown to playoff elimination was on. Then came the comeback in the bottom of the inning.
After Brad Glenn struck out, Jim Negrych walked to get on base. That's when Luis Jiminez entered the game as a pinch hitter and hit deep over the right field fence and party patio into the parking lot behind the stadium, tying the game at 2-2.