April 2009

SU's Marrone knows future Mets

SU_DougMarrone.jpgSince today’s game between Buffalo and Louisville was postponed before we hit the air, I decided to post the conversation Joel Godett had with new Orange football coach Doug Marrone while he was in town. Being an alum, Joel was giddy to ask the tough questions.

<a href="http://www.bisons.cLISTEN: Coach Marrone on SU with Joel

Interesting to note, the coach told Joel he “attended about 20 games last season in New Orleans” and was excited to have the Mets new Triple-A team in Buffalo.

The Bisons’ flagship station, WWKB-AM 1520, is a proud affiliate of Syracuse athletics and from time to time we’re joined by the “Voice of the Orange” Matt Park and other ‘Cuse celebs during the baseball season.

The Bisons will face the Bats in a twin-bill at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow. READ MORE!
~ Ben Wagner

Bisons, Bats double-dip

umbrella2.JPGThursday’s game between the Buffalo Bisons and the Louisville Bats at Coca-Cola Field has been postponed due to rain. The teams will make up the game as part of a doubleheader on Friday, May 1. The teams will play two, seven-inning games on Friday with the first game starting at 5:30 p.m.

Friday’s game will remain a fridaynightbash!®, sponsored by Seneca Gaming Corporation, with a pre-game plaza party at 5:00 p.m. – Live music by the Boogie Monsters – and post game fireworks.

*FREE FOOD NIGHT will be rescheduled for a future game. That date is to be announced, but will not be this homestand.

Fans holding tickets to Thursday’s game can exchange them for a comparable ticket to any future 2009 Bisons games (excluding special events). All ticket exchanges must be made at the Coca-Cola Field box office. Please note that these exchanges do not have to be made on Thursday, April 30. Fans with tickets can exchange them throughout the remainder of the 2009 season.

For more information regarding the exchange policy, fans can visit Bisons.com.

News & Notes: Game 19

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons host the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) in the first game of a four-game series from Coca-Cola Field (6:05 p.m.). Today’s game is the first of a stretch that will see the Herd play 20 of their next 28 games at home. The Bisons are coming off a 1-0 loss to Rochester as a two-game series was shortened to a single game due to a rainout on Tuesday night.

VS. LOUISVILLE: The Bats beat Buffalo in the 2008 season series, 5-3. It was the first time the Herd had lost a season series to Louisville since the 2003 season. Buffalo is hoping to snap last year’s trend as the road team won seven of the eight games between the two clubs. The Bisons were swept at Coca-Cola Field, July 10-13. It was the only home series the Herd has lost to the Bats since returning to the International League in 1998.

K-MAN: RHP Brandon Knight has given the Bisons back-to-back quality starts in his last two outings. He allowed just three runs in six innings on April 18 in Syracuse and held the Chiefs to three runs in seven innings last Friday. Knight has averaged better than a strikeout per inning with 20 punchouts in only 18 innings of work. He has fanned at least five in all three of his starts this year.

SOLID DEBUT: The Bisons offense looks to get a huge boost from OF Wily Mo Pena. The free agent signed on April 20 and made his Herd debut yesterday in Rochester with a two-hit performance. Pena hit 26 homeruns with Cincinnati in 2004 and has 77 career major league homers in 560 games.

GLOVE WORK: The Bisons have played three consecutive errorless games in the field. The Herd’s .984 fielding percentage as a team is tied with Gwinnett for the best mark in the International League. Buffalo has just 11 errors in 18 games. Last season, the Bisons made an IL-worst 153 miscues in the field.

SPEED LIMIT: The good defense includes the work behind done behind the plate. Bisons’ catchers lead the International League in both times caught stealing (11) and percentage (46%). The Herd has allowed just 13 stolen bases in 24 attempts by its opponents. Newcomer C Michael Nickeas threw out his first baserunner in his Bisons debut yesterday in Rochester.

Food is free, runs are not

FreeFood042909.JPGA pitcher’s duel went the way of the Wings on Wednesday afternoon as Rochester defeated the Bisons, 1-0, from Frontier Field.

READ: Game Recap

On Thursday, (April 30) the Bisons will hand out a tear-off card at the ballpark’s gates that contains $8.00 of FREE food coupons. Each card will have a coupon for one FREE meal item (either hot dog, hamburger, Italian sausage or kids PB&J uncrustable pouch), one FREE small popcorn and one FREE small ice cream sandwich. The concession stands will also offer unlimited Coca-Cola soft drink products throughout the game.

READ: Get the Grub!

News & Notes: Game 18

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TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Buffalo Bisons face the Rochester Red Wings from Frontier Field (12:05 p.m.). This two-game series is now just a single game thanks to last night’s rainout. That game will be made up later this year. After today, the Bisons will return home to host the Louisville Bats for four games at Coca-Cola Field.

ROSTER MOVES: The Bisons made several moves to reshape their roster yesterday. The team activated RHP Nelson Figueroa and OF Wily Mo Pena. Pena signed as a free agent a week ago after hitting .205 with two homeruns and 10RBI in 64 games with Washington last year. C Michael Nickeas has also been promoted from Binghamton (AA). Nickeas has played four games (1-13, R) with the B-Mets this year. To make room for the new additions, RHP Freddy Garcia was released by the Mets. He was 0-2 with an 8.18ERA in two starts. INF Jonathan Malo was reassigned to Binghamton. He hit .203 with two RBI in 14 games with Buffalo. C Rene Rivera was assigned to Brooklyn (A) after hitting .182 in six games with the Bisons.

OH NELLY: RHP Nelson Figueroa is back on the hill for the Bisons. Today will be the veteran’s third start with the team. Figueroa began the year with Buffalo and posted a 3.00ERA in two starts for the Bisons before being promoted by the Mets on April 18. Figueroa was 0-1 with a 4.50ERA in one start with New York (6.0IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K).

BULLY FOR THE PEN: For the second straight game, the Bisons bullpen delivered four shutout innings on Monday. RHP Connor Robertson and RHP Eddie Kunz combined to strike out five and allowed just one hit.

SULLY’S START: OF Cory Sullivan led off Monday’s game with his first homerun of the season. The last Bisons batter to lead off the game with a homer was OF Trevor Crowe on July 26, 2008 in Charlotte.

SPEED LIMIT: The Bisons’ catchers lead the International League in both times caught stealing (10) and percentage (44%). The Herd has allowed just 13 stolen bases in 23 attempts by its opponents. As a team, the Bisons .983 fielding percentage is tied for 2nd best in the International League.

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