August 2009

News & Notes: Game 131

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Rochester Red Wings in the first game of a three-game set at Frontier Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd has gone 2-4 so far on their season-long 9-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 4-7 against their closest rivals so far this season. 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 5-16 in their last 21 games against the Red Wings.

NOT SO PETTY: LHP Adam Pettyjohn is 2-3 with a 3.00ERA in his six appearances for the Herd. The southpaw pitched well enough to win on Sunday against the Yankees as he allowed just two runs in seven innings in a 2-1 defeat to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Pettyjohn has allowed two runs or less in three of his last four starts, including seven shutout innings on August 16 in Syracuse.

MOUND WORK: Bisons starting pitchers have been dominating of late. In the team’s last 10 games, the rotation has combined to post a 2.10ERA. Herd starters have allowed just 13 runs in 55.2 innings with 41 strikeouts to only 11 walks. LHP Adam Pettyjohn has contributed back-to-back quality starts as part of the rotation’s recent success.

THE HIT-MAN: OF Jesus Feliciano hit streak reached seven games last night. Since August 21, the outfielder has averaged .429 (12-28) with a pair of doubles and an RBI. However, Feliciano fell one back of Gwinnett’s Barbaro Canizares for the league lead in hits. Canizares had two hits last night, so his total of 139 is just ahead of Feliciano’s 138. Feliciano still leads the Bisons in runs (51), doubles (29) and stolen bases (12).

HOMERING HERD: The Bisons got their 23rd home run in August last night as INF Javier Castillo went deep for the Herd. The blast was Castillo’s seventh on the year and his fifth with the Bisons. The 23 home runs are the most for the Bisons in any month of the season. The team hit 20 homers in 30 games in May. Buffalo had just 10 long balls in each of the last two months.

News & Notes: Game 130

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Pawtucket Red Sox in the second game of a two-game set from McCoy Stadium (7:05 p.m.). The Bisons are looking for the split as the Red Sox were 3-2 winners last night. Buffalo is now 2-3 on their season-long nine-game roadtrip. Buffalo plays three games in Rochester, August 28-30 before returning to Coca-Cola Field for the final four home games of the season, August 31 – September 3.

vs. THE PAW SOX: Tonight, the Bisons face the PawSox for the final time this season. Buffalo needs a win tonight to split the season series (7-8). The Bisons have won five of the last seven games between the teams, including a two-game sweep in Pawtucket, July 9-10 and a 3-1 series win in Buffalo, July 28-31.

THE INSIDER ON SNYDER: Starting tonight is RHP Kyle Snyder, who is 2-1 with a 2.53ERA in his last four outings. The veteran has allowed just six runs while striking out 14 batters in his last four starts (21.1IP). In four games against the Red Sox this season, Snyder has posted a 2.70ERA while giving up five runs in 13.1 innings with 14 strikeouts.

MOUND WORK: Bisons starting pitchers have been dominating of late. In the team’s last nine games, the rotation has combined to post a 1.95ERA. Herd starters have allowed just 11 runs in 50.2 innings and nearly have as many strikeouts (41) as hits allowed (44). The quality work has lowered the team’s season ERA from 4.07 to 3.92 (9th best in International League).

THE HIT-MAN: OF Jesus Feliciano is now tied for the IL lead in hits (137) with Gwinnett’s Barbaro Cannizares. The outfielder went 1-for-3 last night with a walk. Feliciano’s .306 batting average is tied for 6th-best in the IL. The outfielder has 39 more hits than any of his teammates (INF Mike Lamb, 98) and also leads the Bisons in runs (51), doubles (29) and stolen bases (12)

BISONS BITS: C Robinson Cancel has hit .400 (14-35) in 12 games in August. The catcher had a double and a triple last night…INF Mike Lamb has averaged .327 (32-98) with runners in scoring position. He leads the team with 46RBI on the season…RHP Jim Ed Warden has struck out 19 batters in only 12.2 innings with the Herd.

PawSox bounce Bisons

When a team is mired in an offensive slump, manufacturing runs and taking advantage of opponents’ miscues is a must in order to win ball games. That’s exactly what Pawtucket, the IL’s worst offensive team, did Wednesday night. Josh Reddick’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Pawtucket a 3-2 walk-off win over the Bisons Wednesday night at McCoy Stadium.

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BISONS NOTES:
The Mets have recalled Bisons RHP Lance Broadway to take the place of Oliver Perez, who is undergoing season-ending knee surgery. Broadway was 5-7 with 6.27ERA in 16 games and 14 starts with the Herd.

News & Notes: Game 130

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Pawtucket Red Sox in the first game of a two-game set from McCoy Stadium (7:05 p.m.). The Bisons are coming off a split of a four-game series with the Yankees. After the short series in Pawtucket, the Bisons will complete their nine-game roadtrip with three games against Rochester before returning to Coca-Cola Field for the final four home games of the season, August 31 – September 3.

vs. THE PAW SOX: The Bisons are 7-7 against their North-division rival so far this year. That includes a 3-3 record at McCoy Stadium. The Bisons have won five of the last six games between the teams, including a two-game sweep in Pawtucket, July 9-10 and a 3-1 series win in Buffalo, July 28-31.

MARVELOUS MOUND WORK: Over the last eight games, Buffalo’s pitching staff has allowed just 12 total runs. Over that span, Bisons starters have not surrendered more than two earned runs in any start and have compiled a 2.01ERA. The relief pitching has been even more impressive for the Herd of late, allowing just two runs over their last 17.1 innings pitched (1.04ERA). The last time the bullpen surrendered a run was August 20, eight games ago.

TOBI TIME: It is RHP Tobi Stoner’s time to add to the impressive streak of starts for the Bisons after new-comer RHP Chris Mason threw seven scoreless innings last night. Stoner is in search of his third straight win and quality start after three consecutive losing decisions. In his last two outings, Stoner has allowed just two runs in 12.0 innings pitched. Stoner has taken a decision in 12 of his 13 starts (5-7) for the Herd this season.

THE HIT-MAN: OF Jesus Feliciano is now tied for the IL lead in hits (136) with Gwinnett’s Barbaro Cannizares. The outfielder went 3-for-5 last night with a double. Feliciano’s .306 batting average is 7th-best in the IL. The outfielder has 38 more hits than any of his teammates (INF Mike Lamb, 98) and also leads the Bisons in runs (51), doubles (29) and stolen bases (12)

BISONS BITS: LHP Arturo Lopez has posted a 1.65ERA in his last seven relief appearances (16.1IP)…INF Mike Lamb has averaged .330 (32-97) with runners in scoring position. He leads the team with 46RBI on the season…RHP Jim Ed Warden has struck out 19 batters in only 12.2 innings with the Herd.

Mason marvelous in debut

Chris Mason has made two triple-A starts this season, one against the Bisons and now one with the Herd. The latter turned out much better for the young pitcher.

Mason added to the roster on Tuesday afternoon, threw seven scoreless innings as the Herd beat the Yankees, 4-0, Tuesday night at PNC Field.

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BISONS NOTES:
OF Jesus Feliciano is now tied for the league lead in hits with Barbaro Cannizares with 136 hits after his 3-for-5 performance on Tuesday… INF/OF Nick Evans was promoted to the Mets on Tuesday. Evans hit .211 (50-237) with a team-high 10 home runs and 30RBI in 66 games with the Bisons. The young slugger was heating up in August for the Bisons, hitting .289 (28-97) with seven doubles, two triples, five home runs and 16RBI in 26 games… INF Andy Green rejoined the Herd from his short stint in New York. Green went 1-for-4 with a walk in four appearances for the Mets.

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