April 2008

The Podcast, Hear the Herd

We have a podcast. Although I have yet to actually download one in my life, I produced one for ye Bisons fan.

Each Sunday on the network listeners will be the first to hear a new feature that is available at Bisons.com. The weekly podcast is one of the many features added this season to the Bisons Baseball Network and Bisons.com and I think it worth its while for every Bisons fan.

You’ll hear comments from the coaches and players with a mix of highlights from our broadcasts. The cool part, you don’t have to download it every time to your player. Play it online or subscribe to our podcast, then let the machine do the work for you.

Now, if I can just figure out how to take advantage of my own creation…

Drizzle fizzle

Every now and then rainouts are ok over the course of a long season but going into game three, not so much. Then again, of all the nights to have free, the ability to watch the Final Four was welcomed by the Bisons clubhouse when they learned the rain had bumped us to a twin-bill on Sunday.

Don’t expect UCLA alum’s Torey Lovullo and Ben Francisco to sulk over the loss but you can expect plenty of ribbing from others around them after they cheered their team’s run over the past few weeks.

It’s a night off before two Sunday. We’ll visit then.

Game 2: Pressures on

Two games and two different ways to win. Buffalo trailed 2-0 before coming back to take a brief lead and then head to the ninth knotted at three. As Torey Lovullo told us, “our goal is to make pitchers work deep into counts when we’re at the plate.” And the hitters abide.

Following a Ben Francisco leadoff single in the ninth, Jordan Brown and Ryan Mulhern work walks to load the bags and the pressure was on Norfolk. Brad Snyder came to the plate with one down and lined a sac fly to center to easily score Francisco from third. Edward Mujica came out of the pen – easy as 1,2,3 in home half of the ninth. Buffalo win.

Here are some interesting numbers over the first two games that illustrate how strong the Buffalo lineup has been so far.

  • Hits: 22 (five extra base hits and no home runs, yet)
  • Runs: 13
  • Ave. with RISP: .269 (7-26)
  • Walks: 10

Game 3 of the series is tonight in Norfolk. Pregame at 6:55, first pitch at 7:15 and it looks like we’ll have to battle showers (100% chance) but hopefully we can avoid a getaway day twin bill tomorrow.

Game 1: Victory!

Johnny Drama said it best, “Victory” and every team likes to have the pressure of getting the first “W” posted on the year. Despite the cold and damp conditions the Herd thundered to a convincing 9-4 win.
Game Story

Box Score

Nothing out of the ordinary from the ballgame last night, although it was surprising the Tides out hit the Bisons, but you would have never guessed it watching the game. Be sure to hear Aaron Laffey and Torey Lovullo’s comments following the game on the righthand side of the game story page.

Video Update: 2008 Season Preview

The final preparations have been made. Now it’s time to play the games.
The Bisons stopped in Buffalo for a pair of workouts with the season set to begin on Thursday in Norfolk against the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles (7:15 p.m.). Herd manager Torey Lovullo leads a talent group of players that he’s referred to as a “lethal mix” of top prospects and established veterans.

“Inside the Herd” was there for the team’s first workout and caught up with Lovullo and a few players to talk about the upcoming year. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FEATURE.

Remember, “Inside the Herd” will feature several video features throughout the season, giving Bisons fans an inside look at their favorite players. There have already been several features this year. CLICK HERE to view all the “Inside the Herd” features.