April 2009

Mets VP: "We're not going to sit back"

042909Bernazard.jpgBisons fans can take a moment and take a collective breath and start focusing on the future and forgetting about the past. The Mets are moving forward.

“We’re in a new city, a new team for the franchise and we’re with a franchise that has a lot of success at that level,” Bernazard stated to the Buffalo News. “We’ve promised the ownership in Buffalo that we’re not going to sit back. We’re going to keep trying to get better.”

Bisons’ beat writer, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News was able to connect with Mets VP/AGM Tony Bernazard yesterday. READ MORE!

I commend Bernizard for being extremely candid in the discussions and being able to express the frustration that is felt about how the Herd got out of the gate. We’ll have more discussion on “Countdown to Bisons Baseball” this morning at 11:35 prior to today’s first pitch. Bisons are back at work today in Rochester at 12:05 p.m.

~ Ben Wagner

Photo: NY Daily News

Rochester rainout

umbrella2.JPGNo action tonight in Rochester… even though the rain stopped and there is NO tarp on the field. Odd.

We’ll have to investigate prior to tomorrow’s 12:05 p.m. start as to why the game would be postponed. The baseball gods are determined to delay any Bisons victory this season.

Just one tomorrow for the Herd and ‘Wings. Kevin Mulvey and Nelson Figueroa will stay scheduled to start the game for their team.

MORE: Game info

~ Ben Wagner

News & Notes: Game 18

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Rochester Red Wings in the first game of a two-game series from Frontier Field (6:35 p.m.). The Herd is looking to bounce back from a four-game sweep at home to the Syracuse Chiefs. After Wednesday, the Bisons will return home to host the Louisville Bats for four games at Coca-Cola Field.

JOINING THE HERD: The Bisons have 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.

ROSTER MOVES: 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. Tonight 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 last night. 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 yesterday’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 4th best in the International League.

Anyway you put it, Santos is a slam

042809Omir.JPGWe mentioned this on the broadcast last night but I thought I’d do a quick post before hitting the I90 to Rochester.

Omir Santos became the first Bisons player in the Modern Era to be promoted to the New York Mets. Since getting the call, he’s made quite an impact.

On the day he was activated, the backstop scored the only run in the Mets’ win and in the 9-inning, framed a pitch to get a ‘called strike three’ and promptly gunned down a runner at second for the strike ’em out – throw ’em out double play to finish off the win.

The magic continued Monday night as the Mets opened their series against the Marlins and Santos made his third start. A six run burst in the first by the Mets was capped by his first MLB homerun – a grand slam – and curtain call from the Citi Field faithful.

Since Brian Schneider could be activated off the disabled list as early as this weekend, it will be interesting to see how much of an impact Santos has had on the office brass and clubhouse. We know what he’s done on the field.

Manager Jerry Manuel told the NY Times, “I like what he gives us.”

And we like it too.

READ: More on Omir Santos – his impact
READ: Mets game recap (picture of curtain call)

~ Ben Wagner

photo: Newsday

Syracuse sweep

Langerhans42709.JPGRyan Langerhans belted a fifth inning grand slam that put the Syracuse lead out of reach for Buffalo on Monday night. The Chiefs’ 7-1 win provided a series sweep against the Bisons.

LISTEN: Ryan Langerhans on the granny

LISTEN: Manager Ken Oberkfell’s postgame comments

The Bisons are back on the road, starting a two-game set in Rochester, Tuesday at 6:35 p.m.

~ Ben Wagner