June 2009

News & Notes: Game 71

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Gwinnett Braves in the final game of a four-game series from Gwinnett Stadium (7:00 p.m.). The Herd needs to win tonight to earn a split of the set as the G-Braves took the first two games (5-4 and 7-3) and the Bisons won yesterday, 5-1. Buffalo is currently 3-4 on this eight-game roadtrip that wraps up tonight. The Bisons will return home to face the Charlotte Knights at Coca-Cola Field, June 27-30.

vs. THE BRAVES: The Bisons are 3-4 against the Gwinnett Braves so far this season. The two teams split a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field from May 12-15. Prior to the Braves move to Gwinnett, Buffalo posted a 48-38 record against Richmond (.558 winning percentage).

FELICIANO FEELIN’ IT: OF Jesus Feliciano has been the Bisons most consistent hitter all season and had his team-leading 18th multi-hit game last night. Feliciano has hit safely in 23 of his last 28 games since May 23. During this stretch, he has averaged .379 (39-103) with seven doubles, 17 RBI and 19 runs scored. The solid month stretch has raised Feliciano’s average 54 points to .314, which is currently 8th best in the International League.

FITTING IN FINE: INF Luis Rivera has been impressive both in the field and with the bat since joining the Herd on June 3rd from Binghamton. Last night, Rivera was perfect at the plate going 3-3 with two walks. With Buffalo, Rivera is hitting .327 with six runs scored and four RBI through 17 games.

BULLY IN THE PEN: RHP Tim McNab pitched two more scoreless innings in relief last night. Over his last nine appearances, McNab has pitched 11.1 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. McNab has an impressive 1.29ERA, which leads the Bisons staff among pitchers with at least 20.0 innings of work this year.

NIESE ON A ROLL: LHP Jonathon Niese saw his impressive 24.1 consecutive scoreless innings streak end in the 7th inning of last night’s game. Still, Niese collected his third consecutive victory as he allowed just one run in six innings of work. In his last four starts, the southpaw is 3-1 with a 1.03ERA. He has struck out 25 and allowed just 20 hits in his last 26.1 innings of work.

Niese shines, Bisons snap skid

Jonathon Niese saw one streak come to an end and another streak extended on Thursday night.

Niese’s consecutive scoreless innings streak was snapped at 24.1 innings on a sacrifice fly by Alvin Colina in the bottom of the seventh. But it wasn’t nearly enough as the southpaw picked up his third straight win and the Herd snapped a four-game losing skid with a 5-1 victory over the Gwinnett Braves.

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Jesus Feliciano entered Thursday’s game 10th in the IL with a .311 batting average. Feliciano went 2-for-4 raising his average to .314…. With two runs in the first, the Bisons have scored in the first inning in four of the first seven games of the road trip…Rene Rivera made only his second start at third base this season due to a Mike Lamb illness…INF Argenis Reyes was promoted to the Mets yesterday. Reyes was hitting .296 with 19 runs scored and 13 RBI for the Herd this season…Michel Abreu saw his eight-game hit streak come to an end with an 0-for-5 day at the plate.

News & Notes: Game 70

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TODAY’S GAME: This evening, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Gwinnett Braves in the third game of a four-game series from Gwinnett Stadium (7:00 p.m.). The Herd needs to win today if they hope to earn a split of the set as the G-Braves took the first two games, 5-4 and 7-3. Buffalo is currently 2-4 on this eight-game roadtrip that will wrap up on Friday. The Bisons will return home to face the Charlotte Knights at Coca-Cola Field, June 27-30.

vs. THE BRAVES: The Bisons are 2-4 against the Gwinnett Braves so far this season. The two teams split a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field from May 12-15. Prior to the Braves move to Gwinnett, Buffalo posted a 48-38 record against Richmond (.558 winning percentage).

NIESE ON A ROLL: LHP Jonathon Niese will take an 18.1 consecutive scoreless innings streak into tonight’s game. After allowing a pair of runs on June 7 against Indy, the southpaw has given the Herd back-to-back scoreless performances. He allowed just two hits in 7.1 innings to beat Durham on June 12. Last Saturday, he shutout Charlotte over seven innings of work. During the streak his ERA has dropped by 2.5 runs a game, from 8.05 to 5.55. Niese has allowed just five walks while striking out 19 batters in his last three games.

REYES ON THE MOVE: The New York Mets have selected the contract of INF Argenis Reyes. With Buffalo, Reyes hit .296 with 19 runs scored, eight doubles, two triples, one home run, 13RBI, and nine stolen bases in 45 games. Reyes had a 10-game hitting streak from May 19 to June 15. He missed two weeks during that time due to a groin contusion.

IN LIKE A LAMB: INF Mike Lamb extended his hit streak to 11 games yesterday. Since June 8, Lamb has averaged .415 (17-41) with three doubles, a triple, seven RBI and five runs scored. He is the second Bisons batter to reach the 11-game plateau with a hit streak this year. INF/OF Wily Mo Pena had a 13-game stretch from May 25-June 7.

NOT FAR BEHIND: INF Michel Abreu is on a personal best eight-game hit streak. Since June 15, Abreu has averaged .296 (8-27) with two doubles, two RBI and five runs scored.

MEET THE METS: The Mets (36-34) crushed St. Louis last night 11-0. Former Bison Nick Evans homered and drove in two. David Wright was impressive with four hits in four at bats while scoring three runs. Argenis Reyes saw his first action this season with the Mets, getting a hit in his only at-bat. Another former Bison, Fernando Nieve, picked up the win with five strikeouts in six shutout innings.

Braves bounce back, 7-2 win

Mike Lamb gave Buffalo a 2-0 lead in the first inning but Gwinnett got the best of Tobi Stoner and the Herd during a 7-2 win on Wednesday.

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Lamb’s 2-run double extended his hit streak to 11 games. Arturo Lopez made his Bisons debut, working two scoreless innings.

Buffalo meets Gwinnett again on Thursday night at 7 p.m.

News & Notes: Game 69

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TODAY’S GAME: This evening, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Gwinnett Braves in the second game of a four-game series from Gwinnett Stadium (7:00 p.m.). The G-Braves won the series opener last night, 5-4. Buffalo is currently 2-3 on this eight-game roadtrip that will wrap up on Friday. The Bisons will return home to face the Charlotte Knights at Coca-Cola Field, June 27-30.

vs. THE BRAVES: The Bisons are 2-3 against the Gwinnett Braves so far this season. The two teams split a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field from May 12-15. Prior to the Braves move to Gwinnett, Buffalo posted a 48-38 record against Richmond (.558 winning percentage).

START #2: RHP Tobi Stoner will be making his second Triple-A start tonight. The 24-year old made his Bisons debut last Friday and defeated the Charlotte Knights. Stoner allowed just three runs and struck out three in six innings of work. Prior to joining the Herd, Stoner was 2-2 with a 2.86ERA in seven starts with the Binghamton Mets (AA).

REYES TO METS: The New York Mets today announced that they have selected the contract of infielder Argenis Reyes from Buffalo (AAA) of the International League and designated lefthanded pitcher Jon Switzer for assignment.Reyes, 26, was hitting .296 with 19 runs scored, eight doubles, two triples, one home run, 13 RBI, and nine stolen bases in 45 games with the Bisons. Since May 1st, the switch-hitter was batting .315 (35-111) with seven doubles, two triples, one home run, and 11 RBI. He had a 10-game hitting streak from May 19th-June 15th. He missed two weeks, May 30th-June 15th with a groin contusion. Switzer appeared in four games with the Mets, tossing 3.1 innings and surrendering four hits and three runs.

IN LIKE A LAMB: INF Mike Lamb extended his hit streak to 10 games yesterday. Since June 8, Lamb has averaged .405 (15-37) with two doubles, a triple, five RBI and five runs scored. He is the third Bisons batter to reach the 10-game plateau with a hit streak this year. INF/OF Wily Mo Pena had a 13-game stretch from May 25-June 7 while INF Argenis Reyes hit in 10-straight from May 19-June 15(2) that included a stint on the disabled list.

NOT FAR BEHIND: INF Michel Abreu is on a personal best seven-game hit streak. Since June 15, Abreu has averaged .304 (7-23) with two doubles, two RBI and four runs scored.

UNHITTABLE: RHP Adam Bostick has not allowed a run in seven outings since joining the Bisons on May 31. Over the 8.2 innings, Bostick has allowed just three hits while striking out eight batters.

McRELIEF: RHP Tim McNab has not allowed an earned run in his last eight outings. The stretch has covered 9.1 innings and lowered his season ERA to just 1.38. Since May 31, McNab has allowed just seven hits in those 9.1 innings pitched. Overall, McNab is 2-1 with a save in his 15 games with the Herd.

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