The Buffalo Bisons will close out the home portion of the 2008 season with three games against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees) from Tuesday, August 26 – Thursday, August 28.
This is the last opportunity this summer for fans to experience the best sports and family entertainment experience and value by taking in a Bisons’ game at Dunn Tire Park. After Thursday, the team will finish up the 2008 season with four games on the road.
Buffalo manager Torey Lovullo has the luxury to pencil in all three Major League rehab assignments from Cleveland tonight against the Yankees.
Josh Barfield will hit second and play second base, Victor Martinez will do the catching and hit in the 3-hole and Travis Hafner will bat cleanup for the Herd tonight.
Before we get into the match up tonight, I went to visit with Yankees manager Dave Miley shortly after arriving at PNC Field today. Earlier this week, he joined the team for the first time following his son’s, Cody, death. He was extremely grateful for the outpouring of support during the last two weeks. You could tell how touched he was from all the calls, cards and prayers from everyone in the league and those specifically from the Bisons’ extended family.
The Yankees/Bisons series this year has been dominated by the home teams winning nine of the 11 matchups. Buffalo is 4-1 at Dunn Tire Park against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre but only 1-5 at PNC Field. The Bisons next seven games are against their division rivals headed towards the IL playoffs. Buffalo has a winning record of 13-12 against Scranton/WB and Pawtucket.
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in the first game of a five-game home-and-home series (7:00 p.m.) The first two games of the set will be at PNC Field before shifting to Dunn Tire Park for the Herd’s final three home games of the 2008 season. The Bisons are coming off a two-game split in Syracuse and have won six of their last nine games. On the mound for Buffalo will be LHP Scott Lewis. The southpaw collected his first Triple-A win on Tuesday against Lehigh Valley. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will counter with RHP Alfredo Aceves.
TODAY’S STARTER: Scott Lewis
-Last Game: 8/19 vLHV: (W, 6.0IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 4K), Bisons’ 10-1 win.
-2008 w / Bisons: (1-1, 4.50ERA)(2GS, 10.0IP, 11H, 6R, 5ER, 4BB, 7K)
-2008 w/ Akron: (6-2, 2.33ERA)(13GS, 73.1IP, 62H, 22R, 19ER, 9BB, 61K).
-2007 w/ Akron: (7-9, 3.68)(27G, 25GS, 134.2IP, 135H, 58R, 55ER, 34BB, 121K).
-2006 w/ Kinston: (3-3, 1.48)(26G, 26GS, 115.2IP, 84H, 24R, 19ER, 28BB, 123K).
-2006 VYTORIN Most Spectacular Pitcher Award -lowest ERA in domestic leagues.
-Selected in the 3rd round (77th overall) of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.
WIN #1: LHP Scott Lewis earned his first Bisons win on Tuesday when he allowed just one run on three hits in six innings. He also struck out four and walked just one. Lewis was promoted from Double-A Akron on August 14 after going 6-2 with a 2.33ERA in 13 starts with the Aeros. Overall on the season, Lewis has walked just 13 batters in 83.1 innings of work.
HARD HISTORY: The Bisons are now eight-games under .500 with nine games left, meaning they must run the table to avoid finishing with a losing record. The Herd has not finished a campaign under .500 since going 55-89 during the 1994 season. In the modern era (1985), the Bisons have finished with a losing record in only four of 23 seasons.
BISONS BITS: The grand slam by C Chris Gimenez last night was the Herd’s second on the year. INF Morgan Ensberg hit a slam on July 27 in Charlotte…on their rehab assignments, C Victor Martinez has hit .222 (2-9, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, 3BB) and DH Travis Hafner has hit .400 (4-10, 2R, 2 2B, 3RBI, 2BB)…RHP Bubbie Buzachero has converted his last seven save opportunities…INF Andy Cannizaro has reached base in 16 of his 17 games with the Bisons.
Buffalo took the opener in Syracuse Friday night and has a chance to pick up a two game sweep over the Cheifs AND jump forward in the IL North standings with a win tonight.
Southpaw David Huff has only had two “un-Huff-like” outings since his promotion to the Bisons. After a rough start versus Lehigh Valley he battled back and allowed two runs against the IronPigs in the next two starts. In the first meeting against Syracuse, Huff allowed four earned runs in six innings. It’s only the second time this season that he’s allowed that many runs in any start. Think he’s motivated tonight? Ask Lehigh Valley what the last two starts have been like?
Huff, has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last seven starts. Since July 11, the southpaw is 3-2 with a 1.69ERA (32.0IP, 6ER). Over that same span, he has struck out 30 and allowed just 22 hits. Since joining the Herd in early June, Huff has yet to yield more than four earned runs in any of his 14 starts.
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Syracuse Chiefs in the second game of a two-game series from Alliance Bank Stadium (7:00 p.m.). The Bisons will look for the two-game sweep following last night’s 6-3 victory. Buffalo has now won six of their last eight games as well as eight of their last 12 road games. Tonight, LHP David Huff will take the mound for the Herd. The southpaw struck out eight IronPigs in 5.2 innings on Monday to collect his fifth win of the season. Syracuse will counter with LHP Brett Cecil.
TONIGHT’S STARTER: David Huff
-Last Game: 8/18 vLHV: (W, 5.2IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 8K), Bisons’ 5-1 Win.
-2008 w/ Bisons: (5-4, 2.83)(14GS, 70.0IP, 56H, 26R, 22ER, 13BB, 73K).
-2008 w/ Akron (AA): (5-1, 1.92)(11G, 10GS, 65.2IP, 44H, 17R, 14ER, 14BB, 62K)
-2007 w/ Kinston (A): (4-1, 2.72)(11GS, 59.2IP, 57H, 23R, 18ER, 15BB, 46K).
-2007 Carolina League All-Star, missed second half of season (left elbow strain).
-2006 w/ Mahoning Valley (A): (0-1, 5.87)(4GS, 7.2IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 8K).
-Drafted by Cleveland in the 1st round (39th overall) of the 2006 MLB Draft
HANGING WITH COOPER: OF Jason Cooper has been outstanding this month. The outfielder has seven hits in his last nine at-bats and is now hitting .424 (14-33) with eight extra-base hits in 13 games in August. Last night, he hit his 19th triple in his five-year Bisons career, one shy of the modern era record set by INF Joe Inglett. On Tuesday night, Cooper played in his 401st game with the team to break that modern era record. Cooper is now at 403 games with the team and counting.
HOT HITTER: OF Todd Linden has hit in 12 of his last 13 games with a .367 (18-49) batting average since August 7. He has added six doubles, four home runs and eight RBI in those 13 games. Linden’s 13 home runs and 47 walks are currently tops on the team, and his 47RBI are second. On the year, Linden has averaged .341 (31-91) with runners in scoring position.
BISONS BITS: On their rehab assignments, C Victor Martinez has hit .400 (2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, 3BB) and DH Travis Hafner has hit .400 (4-10, 2R, 2 2B, 3RBI, 2BB)…RHP Bubbie Buzachero has converted his last seven save opportunities…INF Andy Cannizaro has hit in 14 of his 16 games with the Bisons, hitting .309 (17-55) with 13 runs and 11RBI.
In the end there was still a medal sparkling in the sun that belonged to team USA. Although aspirations were much higher when the club departed for the Olympic Games there are thousands of athletes that left Beijing with nothing.
Just 15 hours after being knocked out of a chance to play for a gold medal, USA Baseball had to rebound from a short turn around and then erase a 4-1 Japanese lead for a chance to stand on the podium.
They did just that while adding a little insurance in the bronze medal game against Japan, winning 8-4 in Beijing, China.
In an upset, South Korea claims the gold from heavily favored Cuba following the U.S. win.