May 2009

Bisons air stuck by Clippers

The Clippers used eight extra base hits to earn a 10-4 win over the Bisons on Friday night. Travis Hafner, Chris Gimenez and Andy Marte all blasted home runs as the Clippers took a 2-0 series lead.

For the Herd, Fernando Martinez collected a pair of hits to extended his hit streak to four games (8-17) and Renee Rivera added two hits. Cory Sullivan reached base all five times with two hits and three walks.

READ: The game story

The Bisons and Clippers meet in game three-of-four Saturday afternoon at 1:05 when Dillon Gee faces Jeremy Sowers.

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News & Notes: Game 39

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Columbus Clippers in the second game of a four-game series from Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Clippers took Game 1 of the series yesterday with a 6-4 victory. Today’s game is the second of an eight-game homestand as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs will visit Buffalo from May 25-28.

A NIESE RETURN: LHP Jonathon Niese will make his first start with the Bisons tonight since his promotion to the Mets. Niese started two games for New York and was 0-0 with a 5.91ERA. His last start with the Bisons was his best outing of the young season. On May 1, the southpaw allowed just one run on three hits in six innings of a no-decision against Louisville. Niese also struck out a season-high eight batters in that game.

F-MART: OF Fernando Martinez has three consecutive multi-hit games. Since Monday, Martinez has averaged .500 (6-12) with two doubles, three home runs and six runs scored. He is currently tied with former Bison Todd Linden with 23 extra-base hits on the season. His 14 doubles are two shy of Linden for the International League lead.

SOLID DEBUT: C/INF Javier Valentin continues to be a solid addition to the Herd’s lineup. The veteran has seven hits in his first seven games with the team, averaging .318 (7-22) with two home runs, six RBI and four walks. Five of his seven hits have driven in runs for the Bisons. Valentin hit .256 (33-129) with four home runs and 19RBI in 94 games with the Cincinnati Reds in 2008.

BIG WILY STYLE: INF/OF Wily Mo Pena is riding a five-game hit streak coming into tonight. Since May 16, Pena has hit .333 (7-21) with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored.

ROSTER MOVE: RHP Nelson Figueroa rejoins the Herd today. Figueroa has his contract selected by the Mets on May 14 for the second time this season. He did not pitch in this last stint. For Buffalo, Figueroa is 0-3 with a 2.57ERA in five starts. To make roster room, LHP Mike Antonini was transferred to Binghamton (AA). He was 0-1 with a 12.27ERA in two starts with the Herd.

Herd clipped in opener

The Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, put up three runs in the first inning Thursday, but couldn’t hold off Columbus, falling 6-4.

The Clippers started off strong, stringing five hits together in the first inning to plate four runs. Trevor Crowe began the threat with a double to left. Major league rehabber Travis Hafner then singled to left to score Crowe. That hit was followed by another single to left from Chris Gimenez. Jordan Brown then doubled to plate a run with Andy Marte singling for an RBI as well. The rally finished when Josh Barfield drove a sacrifice fly to left.

The Herd had an answer in the first, however, cutting a 4-0 lead to a 4-3 difference. Fernando Martinez doubled with two outs ahead of Wily Mo Pena reaching on an error. The error allowed F-Mart to score. Javier Valentin then homered to left field to make it a 4-3 game.

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The Clippers got back to hitting in the second, putting another run across on a Crowe single and Hafner double. Columbus led 5-3 until the seventh when Hafner plated Michael Brantley with a single for the team’s final run.

Buffalo did get on the board again in the seventh as well. Mike Lamb scored on an Argenis Reyes groundout. The run made the score its final 6-4.

MORE: Bisons in an 8-game homestand

News & Notes: Game 38

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TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Buffalo Bisons face the Columbus Clippers in the first game of a four-game series from Coca-Cola Field (1:05 p.m.). The Bisons had yesterday off to return home from a 1-3 series in Pawtucket against the Red Sox. Today’s game is the start of an eight-game homestand as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs will visit Buffalo from May 25-28.

OLD FRIENDS, NEW FOE: The Clippers come to town for the first time as the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Led by former Buffalo Bisons player and manager Torey Lovullo, the Clippers roster features 16 former Bisons players, including Buffalo’s 2007 Most Valuable Pitcher LHP Jeremy Sowers and 2008 Bisons All-Star LHP Rich Rundles.

TWICE AS NICE: OF Fernando Martinez belted a pair of home runs in Tuesday’s loss, his team-leading sixth and seventh homers of the season. The only other Bison to homer twice in a game this year is INF/OF Nick Evans, who went deep twice on April 16 against Scranton/WB. Martinez also went deep on Monday, making him the first Bisons player to homer in back-to-back games since OF Jason Cooper homered in three straight, May 20-24, 2008.

MORE F-MART: With his two-homer game, OF Fernando Martinez is back on top of the International League with 22 extra-base hits. His 13 doubles are tied for the 2nd-most in the IL while his two triples are tied for 5th-most. Martinez leads the Bisons in all three triple crown categories, hitting .287 with seven home runs and 23RBI.

SOLID DEBUT: C/INF Javier Valentin’s Bisons career has gotten off to a great start. The veteran has six hits in six games, averaging .316 (6-19) with a home run, four RBI and three walks. Four of his six hits have driven in runs for the Bisons. Valentin hit .256 (33-129) with four home runs and 19RBI in 94 games with the Cincinnati Reds in 2008.

ON THE CHARTS: RHP Brandon Knight is tied for 2nd in the International League with 46 strikeouts. Even more impressive is those 46 punchouts have come in only 44.0 innings of work in seven starts. Knight has struck out seven or more batters in five of his seven starts.

Bisons Fall 4-3 in Series Finale

Fernando Martinez hit two home runs for Buffalo but it was a two-run shot from Pawtucket’s Angel Chavez that game the Red Sox a 4-3 victory over the Herd on Tuesday afternoon from McCoy Stadium.

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The Bisons return home on Thursday. Check out all that’s in store for an eight-game homestand,

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