August 2009

Stoner Shines, Bisons Win, 6-1

After an up-and-down start to his Triple-A career, Bisons starter Tobi Stoner seems to be hitting his stride.

Stoner went the distance, allowing just one run on five hits, as the Herd beat their thruway rival, the Rochester Red Wings, 6-1, Monday night at Coca-Cola Field.

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BISONS NOTES:
The Bisons wore Buffalo Professional Fireman’s Association hats on Monday in honor of the tragic deaths of Buffalo Firemen, Lt. Charles “Chip” McCarthy and Jonathan Croom… OF Jesus Feliciano went 1-for-4 on Monday increasing his hit total to 141 on the season. His 141 hits are good for second in the IL behind Gwinnett’s Barbaro Canizares… C Robinson Cancel has five extra-base hits over his last seven games. On the year, Cancel has 14 extra-base hits (10 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs)… RHP Lance Broadway threw the last nine-inning complete game for the Bisons (July 8 vs. Scranton/WB, 4-1 win)

News & Notes: Game 134 (on SNY tonight)

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Rochester Red Wings in the first game of a two-game set at Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd is coming off a 2-1 series loss in Rochester, as the Bisons lost the series finale 5-4 yesterday. Buffalo went 3-6 on their season-long nine-game roadtrip. The Bisons begin their final homestand of the 2009 season tonight, in which they host Rochester and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for two games a piece.SNYhat2.JPG

vs. THE WINGS: The Bisons are 5-9 against the Red Wings this season. The teams will face each other the next two days to close out their season series. The Herd has an overall .548 (103-85) winning percentage and a .564 (53-41) percentage at home against Rochester since returning to the I.L. in 1998.

ROLLING STONE: RHP Tobi Stoner gets the start on the mound for the Bisons in tonight’s game. The righty has won his last two decisions and has posted a 1.50ERA in his last three starts. In his last outing, Stoner allowed just one run on three hits in six innings in a no-decision on Wednesday in Pawtucket. In the three-game span, he has allowed just 14 hits while striking out 14 in 18.0 innings of work.

HIT MACHINE: The International League hit competition continues to be a two-man race. Neither OF Jesus Feliciano or Gwinnett’s INF Barbaro Canizares registered a hit yesterday. That means Canizares kept his one-hit lead, 141-140. Feliciano’s nine-game hit streak came to an end yesterday, during which he averaged .389 (14-36).

CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK: OF Chip Ambres had a solid day at the plate in yesterday’s game. The veteran went 2-5 with a run and an RBI. Ambres has been clutch for the Herd with runners in scoring position all season long, going 22-70 (.314) with two home runs and 28 RBI. The outfielder currently leads the Bisons with a four-game hit streak. In this span he has a .353 average (6-17) with two runs, two doubles and three RBI.

BISONS BITS: INF Javier Castillo had his fourth three-hit game and fifth two RBI game of the season in yesterday’s game…The Bisons have just nine games left this season. Buffalo has a doubleheader on September 4 in Lehigh Valley.

News & Notes: Game 133

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TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Rochester Red Wings in the finale of a three-game set at Frontier Field (1:35 p.m.). The series is tied 1-1 as the Bisons won 8-7 on Friday and the Wings were victorious last night, 5-2. The Bisons are 3-5 so far on their season-long nine-game roadtrip that ends today. On Monday, the Bisons return to Buffalo for their final four home games of the 2009 season.

vs. THE WINGS: The Bisons are 5-8 against the Red Wings this season. The teams will face each other the next three days to close out their season series. Unless the Bisons win all three games, they lose the season-series for only the third time since rejoining the International League in 1998.

MASONRY: RHP Chris Mason impressed in his Bisons debut on Tuesday. The righty threw seven shutout innings in a 4-0 blanking of the Yankees in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Mason allowed just five hits while striking out three in his outing. Even more impressive was Mason’s 17 groundball outs to only one fly ball out in his 93-pitch performance.

HIT MACHINE: The International League hit competition continues to be a two-man race. Both OF Jesus Feliciano and Gwinnett’s INF Barbaro Canizares got a hit last night. That means Canizares kept his one-hit lead, 141-140. Feliciano’s hit extended his hit streak to nine as he has averaged .389 (14-36) since August 21. The nine games matches Feliciano’s longest hit streak of the season as he also hit in nine straight, July 24 – August 1.

GO GREEN: INF Andy Green launched his fourth home run of the season last night with a two-run shot in the ninth inning. Green has hit in 11 of his last 13 games around a 10-day stint with the New York Mets. Since August 9, Green has averaged .358 (19-53) with three doubles, a home run, nine RBI and six runs scored. Green has missed 79 games this year due to a pair of injuries.

BISONS BITS: C Robinson Cancel has hit .455 (10-22) in seven games against the Red Wings this season…The Bisons have just 10 games left this season. Buffalo has a doubleheader on September 4 in Lehigh Valley.

Herd clipped by 'Wings

The Bisons must have thought they were catching a break when Wings’ scheduled starter, Yohan Pino, who had an ERA under three in eight starts for Rochester, was dealt to Cleveland on Friday.

After collecting just five hits in eight-plus innings off fill-in starter Jason Jones, the Herd wished the deal never went down. The Bisons didn’t get to the right-hander until the ninth-inning but by then it was to late as the Wings beat the Herd 5-2 Saturday night at Frontier Field.

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The Bisons look to win the series Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. The Herd will send Chris Mason to the mound looking for a repeat performance of his first start when he threw seven shutout innings against Scranton.

News & Notes: Game 132

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Rochester Red Wings in the second game of a three-game set at Frontier Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd struck first in the series with last night’s 8-7 victory. The Bisons have gone 3-4 so far on their season-long nine-game roadtrip that has already stopped at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Pawtucket. On Tuesday, the Bisons return to Buffalo for their final four home games of the season.

vs. THE WINGS: The Bisons are 5-7 against their closest rivals so far this season. That record does include an even 3-3 mark at Frontier Field. The Herd has not won a series against Rochester in 2009, earning just one split of a four-game set at Frontier Field, July 4-6. Dating back to last season, the Bisons are just 6-16 in their last 22 games against the Red Wings.

ROSTER MOVE: RHP Jose Sanchez will make his Triple-A debut tonight after his promotion from St. Lucie (A) today. Sanchez began the year at Binghamton (AA), where he was 1-6 with a 6.88ERA in 10 starts. The 25-year old has made 66 career appearances at the Double-A level in the past three seasons, all with the B-Mets. Sanchez was 13-7 with a 3.83ERA in 29 games and 26 starts with Binghamton in 2008.

MOUND WORK: Bisons starting pitchers continued their strong stretch of work as LHP Adam Pettyjohn earned the win last night. In the team’s last 11 games, the rotation has combined to post a 2.45ERA. Herd starters have allowed just 17 runs in 62.1 innings with 42 strikeouts to only 13 walks.

BALANCED ATTACK: The Bisons 8-7 victory last night included a hit by seven different hitters, a run scored by seven different players and an RBI from six different batters. C Robinson Cancel had three hits last night and has now hit .455 (10-22) in seven games against the Red Wings this season.

THE HIT-MAN: The International League hit competition continues to be a two-man race. Both OF Jesus Feliciano and Gwinnett’s INF Barbaro Canizares got a hit last night. That means Canizares kept his one-hit lead, 140-139. Feliciano’s hit extended his hit streak to eight as he has averaged .406 (13-32) since August 21.

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