June 2009

Knights take win Herd

The Knights picked up a 4-3 victory over the Bisons on Tuesday night. Buffalo received eight solid innings from starter Jon Niese but didn’t factor into the final decision. With the win, Charlotte picked up their fifth in a row and took a sweep over the Bisons for just the second time since 1998.

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Buffalo is off on Wednesday and returns to action on Thursday afternoon to start a 2-game set against Rochester.

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News & Notes: Game 75

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SPECIAL NOTE: As part of Irish Festival Night, the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish Leprechaun mascot will make an appearance at tonight’s game at Coca-Cola Field.

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Charlotte Knights in the final game of a four-game series from Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Bisons need a victory tonight to avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the Knights. After this game, the Bisons will have an off day on Wednesday before hosting a two-game series against rival Rochester.

vs. THE KNIGHTS: The Bisons are 2-5 against the Knights this season. The two teams split a four-game series in Charlotte, June 19-22. The Knights have outscored the Herd 37-34 in the season-series. The Bisons won the season series over Charlotte last season, 5-3.

NIESE-LY DONE: LHP Jonathon Niese has been outstanding of late. The southpaw is 3-1 with a 1.03ERA over his last four outings -a stretch that has lowered his season ERA from 8.05 to 5.18. At one point, Niese had thrown 24.1 consecutive scoreless innings before allowing a run in 7th inning of his last start, June 25 against Gwinnett. In his last four games, Niese has fanned 25 batters and allowed just 20 hits in 26.1 innings of work.

FELICIANO FEELIN’ IT: OF Jesus Feliciano continues to be one of the hottest bats in the Buffalo Bisons order. Feliciano remains among the top hitters in the International League. The outfielder is now hitting .309 this year, 8th-best in the IL. Feliciano has hit safely in 26 of his last 32 games since May 23. During this stretch, he has averaged .358 (43-120) with nine doubles, 20 RBI and 21 runs scored.

FEELIN’ SULLY: CF Cory Sullivan put on a show last night with four hits in five at bats. Along with three singles, the outfielder doubled, drove in a run and scored once. The four-hit game was Sullivan’s second in the last four games and team-leading third of the season. In June, Sullivan is hitting .337 (31-92) with five doubles, eight RBI and 13 runs scored in 25 games.

WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU: OF Emil Brown had the hot bat the last couple of days. The outfielder has put together back-to-back three-hit games that have included a double, a home run and four RBI. Brown is hitting .313 (21-67) with two home runs and 11RBI in 18 games as a Bison.

What just happened?

The Knights scored nine unanswered runs to come from behind and win 12-7 over the Bisons – in 10-innings – on Monday night. In the win, Charlotte won the series and the fourth overall.

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Cory Sullivan picked up his third 4-hit performance of the season while Robinson Cancel extended his personal best hit streak to eight games with a double. Emil Brown had three hits for the Herd.

Buffalo is back in action on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Jonathon Niese gets the start for Buffalo and looks for his fourth straight victory.

Ollie to start for Friday night

Independence Eve just got a whole lot bigger for Bisons fans. The New York Mets have told the Bisons: Oliver Perez will start in Buffalo on Friday night.

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Perez made his third rehabilitation start Sunday with Brooklyn (A) of the New York-Penn League. Perez worked 5.0 innings vs. Hudson Valley, allowed two hits, with one walk and six strikeouts and earned the win in the Cyclones 13-3 triumph and at one point, he retired 15 of 16 batters.

Overall, Perez is 1-2 with a 2.19 ERA in his minor league rehab starts, one each with Buffalo (AAA) of the International League, St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League and Brooklyn. In 12.1 innings, he’s allowed 12 hits, seven runs, three earned, with seven walks and 14 strikeouts.

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The 15th Annual, Independence Eve Celebration with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus and the Largest Fireworks Show of the Season, presented by KeyBank, returns to Coca-Cola Field on Friday, July 3 as the Bisons host the Rochester Red Wings (6:05 p.m.).

News & Notes: Game 74

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Charlotte Knights in the third game of a four-game series from Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Knights took the first two games, 4-1 and 7-3. The Bisons need to win their next two games to earn a series split with Charlotte. After this series concludes on Tuesday, the Bisons will have an off day on Wednesday before hosting a two-game series against rival Rochester.

vs. THE KNIGHTS: The Bisons are 2-4 against the Knights this season. The two teams split a four-game series in Charlotte, June 19-22. The Bisons have outscored the Knights 27-25 in the season-series. The Bisons won the season series over Charlotte last season, 5-3.

SCORING EARLY: The Bisons scored in the 1st inning in seven of their last ten games (12 total 1st inning runs). Yesterday afternoon, Emil Brown provided the early tally with a hard-hit single to score Feliciano. Buffalo has scored 40 first inning runs this year, the most in any inning.

FELICIANO FEELIN’ IT: OF Jesus Feliciano added to his impressive hitting resume yesterday, as he recording his Bisons-leading 19th multi-hit game. Feliciano remains among the top hitters in the International League. The outfielder is now hitting .311 this year, 8th-best in the IL. Feliciano has hit safely in 25 of his last 31 games since May 23. During this stretch, he has averaged .365 (42-115) with eight doubles, 19 RBI and 20 runs scored.

WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU: OF Emil Brown had the hot bat yesterday. The outfielder went 3-4 including a powerful opposite-field homer, while batting in all three of the Bisons runs. Brown is hitting .290 with eight runs scored and 10RBI in 17 games since joining the Herd on May 30. Brown has a .444 (8-18) average and eight RBI with runners in scoring position.

BULLY FOR THE PEN: LHP Ken Takahashi pitched well in relief yesterday afternoon. The southpaw pitched 2.0 innings, allowing only one hit and striking out three. Since rejoining the Herd from the Mets on June 24, he has pitched 5.1 innings in relief allowing no earned runs, four hits, and striking out six in two appearances. On the season, Takahashi has an impressive 0.53ERA with only one earned run allowed and 15 strikeouts in eight appearances.

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