June 2009

News & Notes: Game 66

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Charlotte Knights in the second game of a four-game series from Knights Stadium (7:15 p.m.). The Herd took the series opener with a season-high 16 hits in a 10-3 win. Buffalo has now won six of their last eight games. This series is part of an eight-game roadtrip for the Bisons, as they will travel to Gwinnett to face the G-Braves for the first time ever, June 23-26.

vs. THE KNIGHTS: The Bisons are 1-0 against Charlotte this year and now have won five of their last seven games against the Knights, dating back to last year. Buffalo now has the opportunity to draw even in the all-time series against the Knights. Charlotte holds the 45-44 edge over the Herd since Buffalo rejoined the International League in 1998.

NIESE-LY DONE: LHP Jonathon Niese is coming off his best start as a Bison. The southpaw allowed just two hits in 7.1 shutout innings in a 1-0 win over Durham on June 12. Niese struck out seven and walked just three in the outing. In his last two starts, Niese is 1-1 with a 1.35ERA with 11 strikeouts to only eight hits allowed in 13.1 innings pitched.

FEELIN’ CHIPPY: OF Chip Ambres started his Bisons career 0-8 at the plate, but has now hit in five straight games. Since June 13, Ambres has averaged .421 (8-19) with a double, two RBI, four runs scored. He reached base four times last night, including matching a Bisons’ season-high with three walks.

F-MART RETURNS: OF Fernando Martinez is back with the Bisons after his first big league call up. The 20-year old was with the Mets for three weeks and hit .194 (12-62) with five doubles and five RBI. Martinez hit .291 (48-165) in 42 games with the Bisons to begin the year. Despite being in New York since May 26, he still leads the club in doubles (15), home runs (8) and RBI (28). To make roster room, RHP Connor Robertson was transferred to Binghamton (AA).

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.

F-Mart returns to Herd

The Buffalo Bisons have added OF Fernando Martinez to their active roster after he was optioned by the New York Mets yesterday. To make roster room, the Herd transferred RHP Connor Robertson to the Binghamton Mets (AA).

The Mets also announced that they have claimed LHP Arturo Lopez off waivers (San Diego) and assigned him to Buffalo. He is expected to join the Bisons on their roadtrip.

Martinez, 20, played 18 games with New York and hit .194 (12-62) with five doubles, five RBI and seven runs scored. He collected his first career big league hit on May 30 against Florida as he went 2-5 with a double and an RBI against the Marlins. He made his major league debut on May 26 and went 0-3 with an RBI in a game against the Washington Nationals.

Martinez hit .291 (48-165) in 42 games with the Bisons to begin the year. His 15 doubles, eight home runs and 28RBI still lead the Herd club.

Robertson was 0-3 with a 5.46ERA in 22 relief outings with Buffalo (28.0IP, 32H, 18R, 17ER, 10BB, 23K).

Lopez, 26, posted a 19.29ERA in four relief outings with the San Diego Padres (2.1IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB). He spent most of the season with Portland (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League where he had a 2.77ERA in 20 games with the Beavers. He struck out 23 batters and allowed just 27 hits in 31.0 innings of work (14R, 13ER, 13BB).

3 in a row

The Bisons posted their third straight win in a 10-3 victory in Charlotte on Friday night.


Buffalo is back in action at 7:15 p.m. against the Knights on Saturday.

Pack your bags

umbrellaB.jpgThe Bisons and Chiefs were rained out for the second straight day at Coca-Cola Field. The two teams are now faced with back-to-back doubleheaders August 20 and 21 when Syracuse returns.

Buffalo hits the road and travels south to take on Charlotte over the next four days prior to meeting Gwinnett.

Fans holding tickets to Wednesday or Thursday’s game can exchange them for a comparable ticket to any future 2009 Bisons games (excluding special events). All ticket exchanges must be made at the Coca-Cola Field box office. Please note that these exchanges do not have to be made June 17 or June 18. Fans with tickets can exchange them throughout the remainder of the 2009 season.

For more information regarding the exchange policy, fans can contact the Bisons at THE-HERD (843-4373).

News & Notes: Game 65 (II)

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TODAY’S GAME: Today, the Buffalo Bisons face the Syracuse Chiefs at Coca-Cola Field (1:05 p.m.). This two-game series between the Thruway rivals has been shortened to just today’s game thanks to last night’s rain out. That game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on August 20. The Bisons have won five of their last seven games, including two straight over the Chiefs.

vs. THE CHIEFS: The Herd has won two straight over Syracuse after the Chiefs won the first eight games of the season series. The last time the Chiefs were in Coca-Cola Field they picked up a four-game sweep over the Herd, April 24-27. On Tuesday, the Bisons collected their 100th win over Syracuse since rejoining the IL in 1998 (most wins against any one team).

LEADING THE CHARGE: INF Mike Lamb was a perfect 4-4 at the plate on Tuesday to lead the Bisons past the Chiefs. Lamb had a triple, two runs scored and two RBI. With this effort, Lamb increased his hit streak to a personal season high of seven games. Lamb has hit (.440, 11-25) with three RBI and five runs since June 8. The stretch has raised his average 35 points to .219.

TRIPLE-A DEBUT: RHP Tobi Stoner will make his Triple-A debut with his start today. The 24-year old was 2-2 with a 2.86ERA in seven starts with Binghamton (AA). In his last start with the B-Mets, Stoner threw a 7.0-inning complete-game two-hit shutout to beat Trenton on Saturday, June 13.

DONE LIKE DESSENS: RHP Elmer Dessens has already collected six saves this month. The veteran has converted 11 straight save opportunities. Those 11 saves are tied for 4th most in the International League. On the year, opponents are hitting just .179 off Dessens with five extra-base hits in 117 at-bats.

UNHITTABLE: RHP Adam Bostick continues his dominance. The reliever has not allowed a hit in his six appearances with the Herd. Bostick has worked 6.2 innings out of the Bisons bullpen, striking out six and allowing just three walks.

ALL-STAR STAFF: The International League announced that Bisons Manager Ken Oberkfell has been added to the IL’s coaching staff for the Triple-A All-Star game on July 15. Oberkfell will serve under Louisville Manager Rick Sweet. Oberkfell has 834 wins in his 13-year career as a minor league manager.