April 2009

News & Notes: Game 15

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TODAY’S GAME: Today, the Buffalo Bisons host the Syracuse Chiefs in the third game of a four-game series from Coca-Cola Field (1:05 p.m.). The Herd needs a win this afternoon and tomorrow to earn a split of the four-game series. Syracuse has won the first two games, 4-0 and 6-5. After this series, the Bisons will head to Rochester for a two-game set against the Red Wings.

CRAZY EIGHTS: INF Michel Abreu and OF Fernando Martinez both drove in runs in yesterday’s loss. For each, the RBI was their eighth of the season as the sluggers remained tied atop the team’s charts. So far this season, Abreu has hit .417 (5-12) with runners in scoring position. Both of his homeruns this season have come with runners in scoring position as well.

SOLID RELIEF: LHP Ken Takahashi pitched another scoreless inning of relief yesterday. The southpaw has not allowed a run since Opening Day and is working on 10 consecutive innings of scoreless relief (over five games). If Takahashi had one more third of an inning pitched, his 0.77ERA would qualify as the 3rd lowest mark in the International League.

F-MART: OF Fernando Martinez still tops all International League hitters with his eight doubles on the season. He is now 3rd in the IL in extra-base hits with 10. Martinez has hit in nine of his last 11 games with the Bisons, averaging .298 (14-47).

SPEED LIMIT: The Bisons’ catchers lead the International League in both times caught stealing (9) and percentage (45%). The Herd has allowed just 11 stolen bases in 20 attempts by its opponents.

IN LIKE A LAMB: The Mets signed INF Mike Lamb to a minor league contract yesterday. Lamb has hit .277 with 69 homeruns and 345RBI over nine major league seasons. He will report to extended spring training in Port St. Lucie, FL before being assigned to the Bisons.

OH NELLY: The New York Mets have also re-signed RHP Nelson Figueroa to a minor league deal. Figueroa posted a 3.00ERA in two starts for the Bisons this year 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).

Great outta the gate

Lamb042509.jpgThe Bisons offense looked as good as the weather downtown on Saturday afternoon, jumping out to a 5-0 lead against Syracuse but the Chiefs bullpen limited the Herd to just three hits over the final six innings to comeback and win 6-5.

The Mets also announced the signing of Mike Lamb (pictured) and Nelson Figueroa, both will report to Buffalo.

READ: The game story online

READ: Mets sign Mike Lamb, coming to Buffalo

READ: Nelson Figueroa coming back to Buffalo

Stymied by Stammen

Craig Stammen’s seven innings of three hit shutout baseball led the Syracuse Chiefs over the Buffalo Bisons 4-0 on Friday night at Coca-Cola Field.

LISTEN: Cory Sullivan after the game

Buffalo is back in action on Saturday afternoon against Syracuse at 1:05 in game two of the four game set. MORE CLICK HERE!

News & Notes: Game 14

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons host the Syracuse Chiefs in the first game of a four-game series from Coca-Cola Field (6:05 p.m.). The Herd is coming off a 1-4 roadtrip to Syracuse and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this past week. That first roadtrip included a three-game sweep by the Chiefs at Alliance Bank Stadium in a rain-shortened series, April 17-20.

HOME SWEET HOME: Back from their first roadtrip of the season, the Bisons will now play in front of their hometown fans in 24 of their next 34 games. The Herd doesn’t leave Coca-Cola Field for more than 4 games until they head down to Durham and Norfolk starting May 29. The stretch of home games includes the only visits of the year for 4 opponents, Louisville (April 30-May 3), Norfolk (May 8-11), Gwinnett (May 12-15) and Columbus (May 21-24).

F-MART: OF Fernando Martinez collected two more hits on Wednesday night in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, his sixth multi-hit performance already this season. Martinez leads the Herd with a .291 average and tops all International League batters with eight doubles and 10 extra-base hits. He has hit in eight of his last nine games with the Bisons, averaging .333 (13-39) since April 13.

ANOTHER GOOD KNIGHT: RHP Brandon Knight will be making his second appearance against Syracuse this year. Last Saturday, Knight struck out eight Chiefs and walked just one in six innings of work. Knight’s 15 strikeouts are one off the team lead (Dillon Gee, 16). As a staff, the Bisons rank 4th in the International League with 111 strikeouts in 13 games.

GLOVE WORK: The Bisons turned four more double plays over their most recent roadtrip. The team leads the International League with 16 twin killings. Highlighting the infield has been first basemen Michel Abreu and Nick Evans. The two have split time so far this year and both have been perfect in the field.

THRUWAY CUP: Today is the first Thruway Series game to be played at Coca-Cola Field this year. The Rochester Red Wings (3-1) have the early lead. Syracuse (4-3) is in 2nd place, a half game behind the Wings. The Bisons (0-3) are in third place, but will play in the next six Thruway Series games.

From Tires to Taxidermy

PS33_Marshall.jpgBefore getting downtown today, I went to visit with the students at Buffalo School 33 during their fourth annual Career Fair. Marshall, shown in the picture with me is a huge Bisons fan and welcomed me to the event.

The students arrived with great questions and a thirst for knowledge from everyone they spoke to this morning. Among the more credentialed presenters included servicemen, doctors and lawyers. Oh yeah, and the guy that watches baseball games for a living.

I had my own education from a few tables too. I saw how tires are made and got the closest to a skunk I have ever been, without a dose of “Prairie Perfume!”

The Herd return downtown tonight and a few students gave me questions to ask Bisons Manager Ken Oberkfell in our pregame conversation. Coverage starts at 5:35 p.m.

Excellent job by the students and staff to organize, execute an event in great detail and with TONS of enthusiasm.

~ Ben Wagner