August 2009

News & Notes: Game 126

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons start a season-long 9-game roadtrip with the first game of a four-game series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at PNC Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd is coming of back-to-back doubleheader splits with Syracuse at home. After this series, the Bisons will play two in Pawtucket before a three-game series against the Red Wings in Rochester.

vs. THE YANKS: The Bisons are 3-7 against the Yankees this year. After the Yanks swept a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field from April 13-16, the two clubs have split three straight two-game sets. The Bisons and Yanks still have two more games to play in Buffalo, NY on September 2-3.

ON THE SNYD: RHP Kyle Snyder is making his seventh consecutive start and 12th start of the season. The veteran allowed just one run on six hits in a no-decision on Monday against Lehigh Valley. Snyder is 2-0 with a 2.81ERA in his last three outings. Overall, Snyder is 2-4 with a 4.32ERA as a starter this year.

BACK ON TOP: OF Jesus Feliciano’s average dipped below .300 for the first time in two months this week so he responded in a big way last night. He went 5-8 in the two games of the doubleheader to raise his average back up to .304. Feliciano’s 131 hits are just two shy of tops in the International League while his average ranks him 8th in all the IL.

MONSTER MONTH: OF Chip Ambres has made his presence felt at the middle of the Bisons lineup this month. The veteran has hit .303 (23-76) in August with eight doubles, three home runs, 16RBI and 13 runs scored. Last night, the slugger launched a three-run blast for his 10th home run of the season (7th with the Bisons). With the Herd, Ambres is hitting a solid .306 (19-62) with 25RBI with runners in scoring position.

BULLY FOR THE PEN: RHP Jim Ed Warden has been a great addition tot he Bisons bullpen. Since his promotion on August 3, the hurler is 1-0 with a 1.59ERA and a save. He’s come in and retired the first batter in all seven of his outings and has amassed 18 strikeouts in only 11.1 innings of work.

Bisons split with Chiefs

The Herd and Chiefs split a doubleheader Friday night for the second day in a row at Coca-Cola Field. The Bisons slugged their way to a 7-2 game one win but missed some opportunities in game two as Syracuse came back to take the nightcap, 2-1.

READ: Both game recaps

Buffalo hits the road for a nine-game road trip and returns to Coca-Cola Field for the final four home games of the season on August 30.

BISONS NOTES:
LHP Derrick Ellison has been promoted to the Bisons from Binghamton (AA). Ellison, 29, signed with the Mets on August 14 and pitched three games with Binghamton. He did not allow a run or a hit in 6.2 innings of work (1-0 record, 2BB, 2K). He began the year with Huntsville (AA) of the Milwaukee Brewers organization and went 2-2 with a 4.45ERA and two saves in 19 games (28.1IP, 21H, 18G, 14ER, 15BB, 26K)

News & Notes: Game 124 & 125

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons host the Syracuse Chiefs in the second double-header of a four-game in two-day series from Coca-Cola Field (Game 1: 6:35 p.m.). The Bisons split the first pair of games yesterday, losing game 1, 3-0, and winning game 2, 2-0. After tonight’s games, the Herd visits Scranton/Wilkes-Barre August 23-25 for the start of a nine-game roadtrip.

vs. THE CHIEFS: The Bisons are just 3-11 against Syracuse this year. The Chiefs have three series sweeps of the Herd: April 17-19 (3G), April 24-27 (4G) and August 18-19 (2G). The Bisons collected a 2-1 series victory at Alliance Bank Stadium from June 15-16 (DH on June 15).

TONIGHT’S STARTERS: RHP Tobi Stoner will take the mound for the Bisons in Game 1, and RHP Tim McNab will start Game 2 of tonight’s doubleheader. Stoner is coming off one of his best starts of the year. The righty only allowed four hits in 6.0 shutout innings of work against Lehigh Valley on August 16. McNab only has one start on the season -May 15 vs Gwinnett- in which he allowed two runs while striking out two in 3.1 innings of work.

QUICK WORK: LHP Ken Takahashi collected his first North American win in record fashion yesterday. The southpaw threw a complete-game shutout, allowing just three hits while striking out six Chiefs’ batters. The win took just one hour and 21 minutes, the shortest game in the Bisons Modern Era. The previous shortest was 3-1 win over Denver in one hour and 22 minutes on May 17, 1992. Takahashi needed just 71 pitches to complete his gem.

BIG BAT: INF/OF Nick Evans is hitting .295 (23-78) in 21 games in August. Twelve of his 23 total hits have gone for extra-bases as Evans has six doubles, two triples and four home runs to go along with 14RBI this month. He has a .577 slugging percentage in August. Going back to July, 19 of Evans’ last 38 hits have gone for extra-bases (10 doubles, 3 triples, 6 home runs).

DUBOIS MAKES NOISE: OF Jason Dubois had a stellar performance for the Herd at the plate in Game 2 of the double-header yesterday. The veteran went 2-2 while tattooing his second homerun in his return stint with the Bisons. Dubois homered 22 times for the Herd during the 2006 campaign.

Afternoon delight

The Bisons split a double-dip on Thursday afternoon with the Chiefs, posting 2-0 win in the nightcap. Nick Evans drove home a run in the first and Jason Dubios added a solo shot in the fifth inning during the win.

READ: All about it here

Syracuse blanked the Herd 3-0 in the opener. Seth Bynum and Daryl Ward each had homers.

The Bisons and Chiefs will play two on Friday night, the first begins at 6:05 p.m.

News & Notes: Game 122 & 123

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TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Buffalo Bisons host the Syracuse Chiefs in the first two games of a four-game in two-day series from Coca-Cola Field (Game 1: 1:05 p.m.). These teams will play two consecutive doubleheaders because of a pair of rainouts in Buffalo, June 17-18. The Herd was swept in a two-game series by the Chiefs at Alliance Bank Stadium, August 18-19. After tomorrow’s games, the Herd visits Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for a three-game series, August 23-25.

vs. THE CHIEFS: The Bisons are just 2-10 against Syracuse this year. The Chiefs have three series sweeps of the Herd: April 17-19 (3G), April 24-27 (4G) and August 18-19 (2G). The Bisons collected a 2-1 series victory at Alliance Bank Stadium from June 15-16 (DH on June 15).

BIG BAT: INF/OF Nick Evans is hitting .292 (21-72) in 19 games in August. Twelve of his 21 total hits have gone for extra-bases as Evans has six doubles, two triples and four home runs to go along with 13RBI this month. He has a .597 slugging percentage in August. Going back to July, 19 of Evans’ last 36 hits have gone for extra-bases (10 doubles, 3 triples, 6 home runs).

HOT BAT: INF Javier Castillo has hit in four straight games for the Herd. He collected two more hits last night and now has seven hits in his last 13 at-bats (a .538 average). The stretch has given him 25 doubles on the year between his time in Buffalo and in Charlotte. OF Jesus Feliciano leads all Bisons hitters with 27 doubles this season.

SOLID SOUTHPAW: LHP Pat Misch collected his first Bisons win his last time out. The lefty hurled six innings and allowed just three runs (two earned) on five hits in a victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Saturday. Misch has made three starts for the Herd and worked six innings in each of them. His only loss was a complete game effort in the first game of a doubleheader in Syracuse on June 15.

BISONS BITS: LHP Ken Takahashi is 0-3 in six starts despite posting a very solid 3.62ERA as a starter…OF Chip Ambres (10 games) and INF Mike Lamb (6 games) both saw their hit streaks end last night.

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