Champion Bisons celebrate in style

DAVE GROSS -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:09 AM ET

Bisons 8, Lynx 2

So much for the post-pennant-party blues.

As is tradition throughout baseball, teams that clinch playoff positions tend to follow said achievement with exuberant celebrations.

These celebrations, understand, tend to go late into the evening.

But there were no bleary eyes last night among the Buffalo Bisons as they regrouped less than 24 hours later to lay an 8-2 licking on the Lynx.

Buffalo had clinched -- and celebrated -- its seventh North Division title in the past 10 International League seasons on Thursday here in Ottawa.

According to reports, the party took off from there.

It continued last night at Lynx Stadium.

The Lynx actually broke out with the first run as Ottawa native Josh McCurdy cashed in Keith Reed with a base hit in the second inning.

Ottawa starter Shawn Sedlacek (0-2) was immaculate through the first three innings -- no hits, no free passes. But it was a rough go from there. Buffalo rapped out three hits in the fourth on the way to a four-run inning.

Sedlacek didn't help matters with a walk and hit batsman.

"His first three innings were very good. Good location and mixed his pitches well," said Lynx field boss Dave Tremblay.

The fifth was another mess.

Sedlacek issued three walks and allowed three more hits in his second straight four-run foible.

"The lead-off walks in both innings and they batted around. Each time it was the lead-off walk and he seemed to lose a little bit of focus,'' said Tremblay, whose club has just three games left in its season. ''He was rushing to the plate and I thought he made some bad pitches in a couple of instances with a base open.

"I think he got away from what his game plan was in the first three innings."

REED FINISHING STRONG

The Lynx picked up their second run on a run-scoring single from Reed in the seventh.

The centre fielder has been a bright spot for the Lynx. He finished the night 4-for-5 after going 3-for-5 in Thursday's 5-4 loss.

NOTES: Tony Fiore (9-4, 3.56 ERA) was named Ottawa's pitcher of the year prior to last night's game ... Fiore starts this afternoon (1:05 p.m.) against the Bisons ... In response to Hurricane Katrina, the Lynx will host a Canadian Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund Collection at each game this weekend. Donations will be accepted for the duration of the final homestand.


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