June 2009

Bisons chopped in opener

A three run G-Braves rally in the sixth provided Gwinnett a series opening victory over Buffalo on Tuesday night.

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Mike Lamb extended his personal hit streak to 10-games with a second inning single. Michel Abreu’s single in the ninth moved his hit steak to seven straight.

Buffalo is back in action at Gwinnett on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

News & Notes: Game 68

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TODAY’S GAME: This evening, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Gwinnett Braves in the first game of a four-game series from Gwinnett Stadium (7:00 p.m.). This is the first time the Herd will ever play the Braves in Gwinnett as the Atlanta Braves moved their Triple-A affiliate from Richmond, VA during the off-season. The Herd is coming off a four-game split against the Charlotte Knights. The Bisons will return home to Buffalo to face the Knights again at Coca-Cola Field, June 27-30.

vs. THE BRAVES: The Bisons and Braves 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). Dating back to last season, the Herd has now won five of their last seven games against the Atlanta Braves’ Triple-A affiliate.

ON BROADWAY: RHP Lance Broadway is coming off his best outing with the Herd. On June 16, Broadway threw six innings and allowed only three hits and one run in a 5-4 win against Syracuse. Tonight’s outing will be Broadway’s fourth start and fifth game since coming over to the Mets organization in a trade with the Chicago White Sox for C Ramon Castro (May 31).

IN LIKE A LAMB: INF Mike Lamb extended his hit streak to nine games yesterday. Since June 8, Lamb has averaged .412 (14-34) with two doubles, a triple, five RBI and five runs scored. The stretch includes a perfect 4-4 performance on June 16 in Syracuse.

ROSTER MOVES: The Mets promoted a trio of Bisons before their game last night against St. Louis. OF Fernando Martinez, LHP Pat Misch and RHP Elmer Dessens all joined New York. To make roster room, the Mets optioned LHP Ken Takahashi back to Buffalo. Takahashi began the season with the Herd and posted a 0.77ERA in six appearances (11.2IP, 9K). The Mets also designated INF Wilson Valdez for assignment and released INF/OF Wily Mo Pena and INF Javier Valentin.

News & Notes: Game 67

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TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Charlotte Knights in the final game of a four-game series from Knights Stadium (12:15 p.m.). Ahead 2-1, the Herd can pick up the series win with another victory today. It would be the Bisons third straight series win as they have won seven of their last 10 games. After the game, the Herd will travel to Gwinnett to face the G-Braves for the first time ever, June 23-26.

vs. THE KNIGHTS: The Bisons are 2-1 against Charlotte this year and have won six of their last nine games against the Knights, dating back to last year. Since rejoining the International League in 1998, the Bisons are a 45-46 against the Knights. The only other team Buffalo has a losing record against is the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (10-13).

KNIGHT’S NO BULL: RHP Brandon Knight is coming off his best outing with the Herd. On June 14, Knight threw a nine-inning complete game to beat Durham, 8-1. In his outing, the veteran allowed just one run on six hits. He also walked none and struck out seven. Knight is the Bisons team leader with 65 strikeouts on the season.

IN LIKE A LAMB: INF Mike Lamb extended his hit streak to eight games yesterday. Since June 8, Lamb has averaged .414 (12-29) with two doubles, a triple, three RBI and five runs scored. The stretch includes a perfect 4-4 performance on June 16 in Syracuse.

THE RIGHT REY: Missing 15 games with a groin contusion hasn’t interrupted INF Argenis Reyes’ great work at the plate. Since being activated on June 15, Reyes has averaged .364 (8-22) with three doubles, a triple, three RBI, a stolen base and three runs scored. In just five games, Reyes has raised his average 18 points to a team-leading .303. His nine stolen bases are tied with OF Jesus Feliciano for the team lead.

METS CLAIM LOPEZ: The New York Mets have claimed LHP Arturo Lopez off waivers from San Diego. Lopez had a 2.77ERA in 20 games with the Portland Beavers (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League (31.0IP, 27H, 23K). He also pitched four games with the Padres, posting a 19.29ERA in 2.1 innings of work.

Tough loss for Herd

Argenis Reyes’ two run single in the fifth inning provided a 2-1 lead for the Bisons on Father’s Day but Charlotte sent dad home happy with a 3-2 come from behind win in the ninth.

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Buffalo starter Nelson Figueroa was fabulous over eight innings, striking out eight but came away with no-decision.

News & Notes: Game 66

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TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Charlotte Knights in the third game of a four-game series from Knights Stadium (2:15 p.m.). The Herd has won the first two games of the set by a combined score of 15-4. Buffalo is now on a season-high four-game win streak and has also won seven of nine games. After tomorrow, the Bisons will travel to Gwinnett to face the G-Braves for the first time ever, June 23-26.

vs. THE KNIGHTS: The Bisons are 2-0 against Charlotte this year and have won six of their last eight games against the Knights, dating back to last year. Since rejoining the International League in 1998, the Bisons are an even 45-45 against the Knights.

OH NELLY: RHP Nelson Figueroa has been the Bisons most consistent pitcher all year. The veteran has allowed more than two runs in only two of his 10 starts this year. In his last three outings, Figueroa is 2-0 with a 1.69ERA, having allowed just four runs in his last 21.1 innings of work. In his last performance, Figueroa struck out a season-high nine in a 126-pitch effort against Durham on June 13. Figueroa’s 2.90ERA is the 11th lowest in the International League.

F-MART RETURNS: OF Fernando Martinez picked up right where he left off yesterday. In his first game since a three-week big league promotion, Martinez was 2-4 with two runs scored. He also hit his team-leading 16th double on the season. With 26 extra-base hits, Martinez’s .556 slugging percentage is 3rd in the IL. He also enters today’s game on an eight-game hit streak (.383, 13-34).

CLUTCH ADDITIONS: Some recent roster additions have really boosted the Bisons clutch hitting. Since joining the Herd, OF Emil Brown has hit .429 (3-7) with a homer and four RBI with runners in scoring position. INF Javier Castillo has hit .444 (4-9) with a homer and five RBI and OF Chip Ambres has averaged .308 (4-13) and three RBI in the same situation.

METS CLAIM LOPEZ: The New York Mets have claimed LHP Arturo Lopez off waivers from San Diego. Lopez had a 2.77ERA in 20 games with the Portland Beavers (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League (31.0IP, 27H, 23K). He also pitched four games with the Padres, posting a 19.29ERA in 2.1 innings of work.

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