July 2009

Herd posts win on PawSox

Nelson Figueroa continued to shine on the hill with eight innings of work on Tuesday, leading Buffalo to a 2-1 win over Pawtucket. Figueroa matched his season highs with innings pitched and nine strikeouts en route to his seventh win in the last eight starts.

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Buffalo and Pawtucket square off on Wednesday night at 7:05.

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News & Notes: Game 99

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Pawtucket Red Sox in the first game of a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd is coming off a series split against the Indianapolis Indians. Following the conclusion of this series, the Bisons return to the road for a pair of four-game series at Toledo and Columbus.

vs. THE RED SOX: The Bisons are 4-6 against the Pawtucket Red Sox this year. The Herd swept the last series against the Red Sox in Pawtucket on July 9-10 with victories of 3-1 and 1-0. Last season Buffalo won 10 of 16 games against Pawtucket.

FIGGY ON THE MOUND: RHP Nelson Figueroa will start for the Herd tonight. The veteran saw his personal six-game win streak come to an end on Thursday in Louisville despite allowing just three runs in seven innings. On the season, Figueroa has thrown 13 quality starts, including a streak of nine consecutive heading into tonight. The righthander’s team-leading 2.42ERA is the 3rd lowest in the International League. He also leads the Bisons with 85 strikeouts, 104.0 innings pitched and 16 starts.

WELCOME PETTYJOHN: The Mets have signed LHP Adam Pettyjohn to a minor league contract and assigned him to the Bisons. Pettyjohn was 1-6 with a 4.68ERA in 18 games and six starts for the Louisville Bats before being released last week. In 2008, the southpaw went 15-6 with a 4.59ERA and 95 strikeouts in 28 starts for Louisville. His 15 wins led the all International League pitchers and tied a Louisville franchise record. last season.

HIT STREAKIN: INF/OF Nick Evans collected a hit in all eight games of the Bisons’ roadtrip. Since July 20, the slugger has averaged .281 (9-32). Six of the eight hits went for extra bases (4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run). Since returning to the Bisons on July 11, Evans has averaged .260 (13-50) with four doubles, a triple, a home run and four RBI.

THE HITS KEEP COMING: OF Jesus Feliciano hit .353 (12-34) over the Bisons eight-game roadtrip. He is now hitting .313 on the season, the 4th-highest average in the IL. His 106 total hits are 4th most in the IL as well.

News & Notes: Game 98

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Indianapolis Indians in the final game of their four-game series from Victory Field (7:00 p.m.). The Herd now leads the series 2-1, after a victory yesterday afternoon, 2-1. Buffalo is now 3-4 on their eight-game roadtrip that began with a 3-1 series loss in Louisville. After the series against Indianapolis, the Bisons return home for a four-game series against Pawtucket, July 28-31.

vs. THE INDIANS: The Bisons are 3-4 against the Indianapolis Indians this year. The Indians took three of four games from the Herd at Coca-Cola Field from June 6-9, while the Bisons can return the favor tonight at Victory Field. The two teams also split the season-series a year ago, 4-4. Tonight’s match-up will be the final game between Buffalo and Indy this year.

ON THE SNYD: RHP Kyle Snyder will make his second straight start for the Herd tonight. The veteran allowed just one run in four innings in Buffalo’s 2-1 win over the Bats on Wednesday. Snyder has made six starts amongst his 25 appearances with the team. As a starter, he has posted a 3.91ERA.

THE HITS KEEP COMING: OF Jesus Feliciano had his sixth three-hit game of the season yesterday and leads the Herd with 27 multi-hit games on the year. The outfielder has hit in 20 of his last 22 games this month, averaging .330 (29-88) with seven doubles, seven RBI and four runs scored. On the season, his 104 hits are good for fourth most in the International League. Feliciano trails a pair of hitters, Gwinnett’s INF Barbaro Canizares and former Bison OF Jordan Brown by six. Overall, his .310 batting average ranks seventh in the IL.

CHART TOPPERS: Along with Feliciano on the IL leaderboards is RHP Nelson Figueroa. The veteran is 3rd in the IL with a 2.42ERA, trailing only Charlotte’s Carlos Torres (2.20) and now Boston Red Sox Clay Buchholz (2.36).

ROAD WARRIOR: INF/OF Nick Evans has collected a hit in all seven games this roadtrip. Since July 20, the slugger has averaged .286 (8-28). Five of the seven hits have gone for extra bases (4 doubles, 1 home run). Since returning to the Bisons on July 11, Evans has averaged .260 (12-46) with four doubles, a home run and four RBI.

Stoner sensational

The only run Tobi Stoner gave up on Sunday afternoon went to Indy’s leadoff man, Brian Bixler. The solo shot would be the only damage against the Bisons’ right hander over his eight innings, leading Buffalo in a 2-1 win.

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Six of the Herd’s 10 hits were split between Mike Lamb and Jesus Feliciano. With three hits, Feliciano took his average up to .310 on the season. Tim McNab earned his second save in two chances.

News & Notes: Game 97

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TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Buffalo Bisons face the Indianapolis Indians in the third game of a four-game set from Victory Field (2:00 p.m.). The series is tied a game apiece as the Herd evened the set with a 6-3 win last night. Buffalo is now 2-4 on their eight-game roadtrip that began with a 3-1 series loss in Louisville. After the series against Indianapolis, the Bisons return home for a four-game series against Pawtucket, July 28-31.

vs. THE INDIANS: The Bisons are 2-4 against the Indianapolis Indians this year. The Indians took three of four games from the Herd at Coca-Cola Field from June 6-9. The two teams split the season-series a year ago, 4-4. Buffalo has a .538 winning percentage (50-43) against Indianapolis since returning to the International League in 1998.

ROCKIN’ ROADIE: INF/OF Nick Evans has collected a hit in all six games this roadtrip. Since July 20, the slugger has averaged .304 (7-23). Five of the seven hits have gone for extra bases (4 doubles, 1 home run) as Evans has also doubled in three straight contests. Since returning to the Bisons on July 11, Evans has averaged .268 (11-41) with four doubles, a home run and three RBI.

NO HITZ SWITZ: LHP Jon Switzer earned his first save of the season last night with a pair of shutout innings. He’s the sixth Bisons hurler to save a game for the team this year, led by RHP Elmer Dessens’ 11 saves. Since May 25, Switzer has made 14 appearances. In eight of those games, he hasn’t yielded a hit. Opponents are hitting just .225 of the southpaw this season.

HIT MACHINE: OF Jesus Feliciano has hit in 19 of his 21 games this month, averaging .313 (26-83) with seven doubles, seven RBI and three runs scored. On the season, his 101 hits are tied for the 4th most in the International League. Feliciano trails a pair of hitters, Gwinnett’s INF Barbaro Canizares and former Bison OF Jordan Brown by nine. Overall, his .306 batting average ranks 10th in the IL. He also leads the Bisons with 36RBI this year.

CHART TOPPERS: Along with Feliciano on the IL leaderboards is RHP Nelson Figueroa. The veteran is 3rd in the IL with a 2.42ERA, trailing only Charlotte’s Carlos Torres (2.20) and now Boston Red Sox Clay Buchholz (2.36).

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