The big turn around for the 2004 team came in late May when the Bisons found themselves down 8-1 in the 8th inning, only to win 9-8. They would do this amazing feat… coming back from at least 7 runs down, in 4 different games. The team would "set franchise records in batting average (.297) and runs (848), both of which were the highest in the International League in over 50 years" *Bisons. The Bisons captured 1st place with an 83-61 (.576) record. In the 1st round of the playoffs, Buffalo would have to take down Durham which was never an easy task, and the team whom they lost to in their storybook year of 2002. This time around, it looked very much the same as the Bisons lost 2 in a row down in Durham. When they came back north however, it was the pitching and not the hitting that suddenly came alive, as the Bisons won Game 3 and then shut out the Durham Bulls in Game 4. In an amazing turn of events, the Bisons would pitch yet another shutout in Game 5 to complete the turnaround. Now it was time to take on Richmond. The Braves beat the Bisons 11-4 in the opener, but the Bisons came back in Game 2 thanks to Grady Sizemore’s 3 run HR. With the games remaining in Buffalo for Game 3 due to terrible weather in Richmond, the Bisons used their home field advantage to go up 2-1 on the Braves winning 5-4. In Game 4, catcher Dusty Wathan’s 3 run double proved to be the winning hit as newcomer Evan Thomas (3-1, 5.04) came in and kept the Richmond Braves down to 1 run. The Bisons held on to win by a 6-1 victory as the crowd went wild. New Manager Marty Brown ran around the ballpark showing off the Governors’ Cup to the frenetic fans. It was Championship #3 in the books for Coca-Cola Field.