Coca-Cola Field

aka Pilot Field
Dunn Tire Park
North Americare Pk
Downtown Ballpark

Buffalo New York

Home of the
Buffalo Bison

International League
(Triple-A)
It was another starting rotation that didn’t look great on paper. Mike Bacsik was the best going 12-5, (3.26) but he was again, the only pitcher in double digits in wins. Future All-Star Jake Westbrook was fantastic going 8-1, 3.20 but was promoted to the big club after only 12 games. Jamie Walker went 7-2, 3.87 as a spot starter and Charles Nagy was 5-1, 2.45 in 6 games. Steve Woodard went 4-2, 2.39 in 6 games as well. At the plate Karim Garcia led the way slamming 31 HR and 85 RBI while batting .264. Catcher Tim Laker hit 20 HR of his own while batting .247. Greg LaRocca hit 12 HR and batted .310 and Travis Fryman made a rehab appearance. In 8 games and 27 At Bats, Fryman hit 2 HR and batted a rather impressive .481! On paper, we’ve seen much better teams but new manager Eric Wedge kept the team playing like a "team" all season long and this group managed to put up a best ever 91-51 (.641) record. Jeff Manto officially retired as the all time best power hitter in Bisons history. His number was retired (one of only 3 in Bisons history) in a ceremony on August 17th. Scranton was again waiting for the Bisons in the post-season, and they were looking for a repeat of the previous season. The series went back and forth for 4 games, deadlocked at 2 games apiece. A final 5th game would take place here and it was a memorable one… one that seemed like it would never end. It was admirable on both team’s parts. Neither was willing to give away a run and held on to the tie ballgame with their teeth sunk all the way in. It would go down in history as the longest ballgame ever to take place at Coca-Cola Field when after 5 hours and 13 minutes, Jason Knupfer hit an RBI triple that brought home the winning run for Scranton in the 19th inning, sending the Bisons away empty handed for the 2nd year in a row.