April 2009

Former MVP Hurts Herd

It’s a final from Moosic, PA. On a rainy night, a former Bisons MVP reigned over the Herd. Todd Linden doubled, homered and drove in three as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees bested the Bisons, 6-1.

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Bisons fans new Linden was better than the .140 average he sported when the Yankees came through Coca-Cola Field. The switch-hitting slugger now has three homeruns in his last five games, finding a grove in the middle of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lineup.

For Buffalo, Fernando Martinez continued to swing a hot bat with two more hits and a double. He leads the International League with eight two-baggers on the season.

Freddy Garcia was solid on the mound, giving Buffalo a quality start. He allowed just three runs on five hits in six innings.

We off to the bus now…a nice little drive through the night back home to Buffalo. See you at Coca-Cola field for the fridaynightbash! We hear the weather should be fantastic!

News & Notes: Game 13

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in the final game of a two-game series from PNC Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd is looking for the sweep of the two games after defeating the Yanks last night, 7-3. The Bisons are now 1-3 on their rain-shortened five-game roadtrip that ends today. After an off-day on Thursday, the Bisons will open up a four-game series against the Syracuse Chiefs back at Coca-Cola Field.

HERE’S FREDDY: RHP Freddy Garcia makes his 2009 debut today. The two-time American League All-Star missed most of last season recovering from labrum surgery on his right shoulder. Garcia has a career major league record of 118-77 with a 4.07ERA in 266 games. He won 13 or more games in seven seasons, including an 18-6 record with Seattle in 2001. That year, he led the American League with a 3.05ERA.

IN THE CLUTCH: Four of the Bisons seven runs last night came with two outs. OF Fernando Martinez got the Herd on the board with a two-out, two-run single in the 3rd inning. INF Michel Abreu and OF Jason Cooper added insurance with back-to-back two-out RBI-singles in the 8th inning. As a team, Buffalo was 3-8 (.375) with runners in scoring position last night.

THE BIG THREE: Twenty of the Bisons 38 runs this year have been driven in by three players. INF Nick Evans and INF Michel Abreu both collected RBI last night to remain tied for the team lead with 7RBI on the season. OF Fernando Martinez knocked in three against the Yankees to give him 6RBI this year.

COOP-A-LOOP: OF Jason Cooper is approaching another team milestone. ‘Coop drove in his first run of the year last night, giving him 223RBI in a Bisons uniform. He is now just 22RBI shy of Bill Selby’s team record of 245. Cooper has hit in all three games since being activated with a .273 (3-11) average. His Bisons Modern Era record for games played is now at 413.

METS SIGN PENA: On Monday, the Mets signed OF Wily Mo Pena to a minor league contract. He is scheduled to report to extended spring training in Port St. Lucie before eventually joining the Herd. Pena batted .205 (40-195) with two homeruns and 10RBI in 64 games with the Nationals in 2008.

Ready Freddy?

Freddy042109_A.jpgAs we first told you Tuesday night during “Countdown to Bisons Baseball” – Freddy Garcia will start Wednesday night at 7:05 for the Bisons against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, who will have Phil Hughes on the mound.

You’ll hear Garcia’s thoughts on how the past few weeks have gone for the former All Star and where he feels he can end up by the time the season is over. “Countdown to Bisons Baseball” begins at 6:35 p.m. prior to the first pitch.

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~ Ben Wagner

Streaks are stopped

streak042109.jpgThe Minors longest winning streak is over and so is the Bisons seven game losing skid.

The Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, toppled the undefeated Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Tuesday, outdueling the best record in the minors, 7-3.

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Buffalo and Scranton wrap up a brief two game series Wednesday. The game pits Herd newcomer and major league All-Star Freddy Garcia against Yankees ace Phil Hughes.

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News & Notes: Game 12

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in the first game of a two-game series from PNC Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd is 0-3 so far on their current roadtrip that is now just five games long, thanks to last night’s rainout in Syracuse. Buffalo will return home to Buffalo on Friday for a four-game series against the Chiefs.

VS THE YANKEES: The Bisons will have revenge on their mind at PNC Field. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre swept the Herd in a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field last week, April 13-16. The series was much closer than it looks, however, as three of the four games were decided by one run while the other was a 5-3 defeat in 11 innings on April 14.

GO GREEN: The Bisons have activated INF Andy Green today. Green had missed the first 11 games of the season with a left oblique strain. He is a career .299 hitter in 762 minor league games. Signed by New York on July 2, 2008, Green hit .331 (59-178) with 8HR and 28RBI in 52 games with the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA) last season.

F-MART: OF Fernando Martinez had two more hits on Sunday against Syracuse. The 20-year old prospect now has five multi-hit performances in the team’s first 11 games. One of those two hits was his International League-leading 7th double on the year. Martinez also leads the IL with a total of nine extra-base hits (7 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run). Martinez’s .277 batting average leads the Bisons team.

NO FREE PASSES, PLENTY OF K’S: The Bisons pitching staff did not issue a walk in Sunday’s defeat in Syracuse. The combination of LHP Jonathon Niese, RHP Kyle Snyder and RHP Ken Takahashi also struck out seven Chiefs. The Bisons pitching staff leads the IL with 99 strikeouts so far this year.

METS SIGN PENA: The Mets signed OF Wily Mo Pena to a minor league contract yesterday. He is scheduled to report to extended spring training in Port St. Lucie before eventually joining the Herd. Pena batted .205 (40-195) with two homeruns and 10RBI in 64 games with the Nationals in 2008.

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