September 2009

In finale, a winning edition

Despite struggling at home this season, the Bisons left Coca-Cola Field and Herd fans on a good note; winning on a walk-off single by Luis Rivera in the bottom of the 10th inning.

READ: The Finale Recap

Buffalo beat the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, 4-3, on Thursday afternoon on the final home game of the 2009 season.

The Bisons close out their 2009 campaign with five games in Lehigh Valley, including a doubleheader on Friday.

News & Notes: Game 138 (Final home game)

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TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in the second game of a two-game series at Coca-Cola Field (1:05 p.m.). It’s the final regular season home game for the Herd this year, as the team will conclude its schedule with five games in four days in Lehigh Valley. The Bisons are 1-2 on the homestand, having split a two-game series with the Rochester Red Wings earlier this week.

LAST HOME GAME: The Bisons conclude the home portion of their 2009 schedule today. The Bisons are just 28-43 at Coca-Cola Field this season, their worst record in the 23-year history of the park. It’s only the fifth time in 23 seasons the Herd will have a losing record at home. However, the Bisons are 13-11 in front of the hometown fans since the All-Star Break.

vs. THE YANKEES: The Bisons are 5-10 against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season and just 1-6 against the Yankees at Coca-Cola Field. Dating back to last season, the Herd is 6-16 in the last 22 games against the Yanks. Buffalo still holds the 96-94 edge in the franchise history, but Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has now won three season series in the last four years against Buffalo.

FELICIANO MVP: The Bisons handed out their end of the season awards last night with OF Jesus Feliciano earning Most Valuable Player honors. Feliciano has hit an even .300 this season and leads the club in virtually every offensive category. Now with New York, RHP Nelson Figueroa earned the Most Valuable Pitcher award while RHP Kyle Snyder was the Bisons Comeback Player of the Year. RHP Tim McNab became the first Buffalo player in 6 seasons to win multiple awards (Most Inspirational Player, Community Service Award).

REY TO BE: INF Argenis Reyes has seven multi-hit performances over his last 10 games as his average has jumped to .292 on the season. Since August 24, Reyes has averaged .383 (18-47) with eight runs, four doubles a triple and five RBI. Reyes has now hit .314 in 52 home games, which is why he was given the Jimmy Griffin “Hometown Hero” Award by the team last night.

BISONS BITS: OF Jason Dubois had the team’s fourth multi-homer game of the season last night. He had three two-homer games with the club in 2006…OF Josh Petersen’s home run last night was his first ever in Triple-A

News & Notes: Game 136

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in the first game of the Herd’s last home series of the season at Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Bisons are 1-1 on the homestand, having split a two-game series with Rochester. After the short two-game set the Bisons wrap up the season with five games at Lehigh Valley, September 4-7.

vs. THE YANKEES: The Bisons are 5-9 against Scranton/WB this season but just 1-5 versus the Yankees at Coca-Cola Field. Scranton swept a four-game series from the Herd in Buffalo, April 13-16, despite outscoring the Bisons by just five runs over the four games. The teams then split a two-get set here July 7-8. Overall, Buffalo and Scranton/WB have split their last 10 meetings.

TRIPLE PLAY: The Bisons turned a 6-4-3 triple play in the 3rd inning last night. Steven Tolleson lined a pitch that was snagged by Bisons shortstop Argenis Reyes. The Bisons then caught two Red Wings runners off their bases as Reyes threw the ball to 2B Luis Rivera who relayed onto 1B Mike Lamb for two more outs. The play made ESPN’s SportsCenter as play #5 on its Top Plays. It was the second triple play in Coca-Cola Field history and the first since July 27, 1997 against Nashville (Jeff Manto-Torey Lovullo-Richie Sexson).

PETTYJOHN: LHP Adam Pettyjohn has turned his season around since being acquired by the Bisons on July 28 after being released by Louisville. In 18 appearances and six starts with the Bats, Pettyjohn was 1-6 with a 4.68 ERA. However in seven games and six starts for the Herd, the southpaw has posted a 3-3 record with a 3.38ERA. Last year’s IL win leader has lasted six or more innings in five of his six starts with the Herd, including eight shutout innings against Columbus on August 8. Pettyjohn has struck out 22 and walked only seven in 42.2 innings with Buffalo (27 K, 22BB in 50.0 IP with Louisville).

REY TO BE: INF Argenis Reyes has six multi-hit performances over his last nine games. Over that span, Reyes is hitting .357 with six runs, four doubles and five RBI. Reyes batted .328 during August, a month that saw his average climb from .261 to .284. The infielder played in 32 of the Herd’s 33 games.

Bisons spin triple play!

Tuesday’s game between the Bisons and the Wings saw a little bit of everything; great defense, hard-hitting offense, a triple-play, and four strikeouts in one half inning. Unfortunately for the Herd they were on the losing end of a wild one at Coca-Cola Field. In the end, the Bisons were out slugged by the Rochester Red Wings, 9-6.

READ: Game Recap, with triple play details

Although the Wings got the win, the Bisons got the highlight of the night turning a triple-play in the third inning. With runners in motion on first and second, Steven Tolleson smoked a liner to short that Argenis Reyes dove to his right to grab. From his knees, Reyes flipped to Luis Rivera at second for the second out and Rivera tossed it on to Mike Lamb at first to record the first triple-play at Coca-Cola Field since 1997 and just the second in the ballpark’s history.

News & Notes: Game 135

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Rochester Red Wings in the second game of a two-game series at Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd is looking for the sweep after winning last night’s ballgame, 6-1. The Bisons welcome the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees to town September 2-3 for the final two home games of the 2009 season.

vs. THE WINGS: The Bisons are 6-9 against Rochester this season heading into the final meeting of the season between these two thruway rivals. The Bisons own a 104-85 (.550) edge over the Red Wings since returning to the IL in 1998. Despite being 3-4 against the Wings at home this season, since 1998 the Herd are 54-41 (.568) at home against Rochester.

ON THE SNYD: RHP Kyle Snyder has been great in this his second stint in the Herd’s rotation. In his last five starts, the veteran is 2-2 with a 2.73ERA (26.1IP, 8ER), with 14 strikeouts and 27 hits allowed. Despite having 19 relief appearances earlier in the year, tonight’s game will be Snyder’s 14th start. That ties him for the 4th most on the team. His 99.1 innings of work heading into tonight are second only to RHP Nelson Figueroa’s 112.0IP.

ROLLING STONE: RHP Tobi Stoner kept rolling last night, throwing a five-hit complete game against Rochester. Over his last four starts, Stoner is 3-0 with a 1.33ERA and has allowed just 19 hits in 27.0 innings. On the season, the Triple-A rookie has nine quality starts in 15 outings. The Bisons pitching staff now have nine complete games on the season, three more than any team in the International League.

HIT MACHINE: OF Jesus Feliciano went 1-for-4 yesterday to increase his hit total to 141 on the season, which is still second-best in the IL behind Gwinnett’s Barbaro Canizares (143). Feliciano leads the Bisons in doubles (29), runs (54), total bases (175), games played (123) and stolen bases (12). His .301 average is tied for ninth in the IL with Jeff Frazier of Toledo.

FOR THE CUP: The Bisons can spoil the Rochester Red Wings pursuit of the Thruway Cup. With a Buffalo win tonight, the 2009 Thruway Series will go to Syracuse (19-13). If Rochester (18-13) wins, the Wings would get the cup because they have the 9-7 head-to-head tie breaker over the Chiefs.

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