Series Review: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
4/11: BUF 4, SWB 1: After missing the final 98 games of the 2009 season, Dillon Gee returned to the mound with a absolute gem.
The 23-year-old right-hander limited the Yankees to two hits in six scoreless innings as the Bisons completed a series win. Gee struck out four and didn’t walk a batter. He retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced and prevented the Yankees from reaching third base.
The Bisons’ offense did its part. Before Gee stepped on the mound, Jason Pridie and Ike Davis drew walks. Mike Hessman then launched another gigantic homer to left field. Hessman, who finished 3-for-4, also homered in Saturday’s victory. Minor League Baseball’s active home-run leader now has 313 in his career.
The Bisons tacked on an insurance run in the ninth inning as Davis doubled to center and later scored on Mike Cervenak’s groundout. Bobby Parnell got the Bisons out of a jam in the eighth inning and stayed on in the ninth to earn his first save. Davis had a walk and a double. He reached base safely at least twice in all four games of the series.
4/10: BUF 2, SWB 1 (11 innings): Mike Hessman and Chris Carter hit mammoth homers. Buffalo has won two of the first three games in their series against the Yankees, with all three games decided by one run. Carter’s blast was the game-winner.
The former Red Sox farmhand wasted little time in the 11th, driving the first pitch from reliever Jonathon Albaladejo to deep right field. Carter led Pawtucket last season with 16 homers and 61RBI.
Mike Hessman hit his first homer in a Bisons uniform in the eighth to put the first dent in the scoreboard. The minor leagues active leader in home runs, Hessman hit No. 312 on a 1-2 pitch off Mark Melancon.
Pat Misch started the game for Buffalo and tossed six shutout innings in a no-decision. Manny Acosta made his Bisons debut and kept Scranton/Wilkes-Barre off the scoreboard in the seventh and eighth innings.
4/9: BUF 7, SWB 6: The Bisons’ offense broke through for the first time in 2010 while erasing a 6-2 deficit. Jason Pridie’s two-run single in the eighth made the Herd a winner.
Buffalo’s high-powered offense came through against the Yankee bullpen. Chris Carter cut the four-run deficit in half in the sixth when he tripled home Fernando Martinez and Mike Hessman. An inning later, the lead was down to one when ex-Met Royce Ring uncorked a wild pitch with Luis Hernandez on third base. The Bisons capped the rally with two more runs in the eighth. Carter led off with a walk and Mike Cervenak got himself on board with one of his two hits on the night. Two batters later, Pridie pulled a pitch through the right side of the infield to plate both the game-tying and go-ahead runs.
First base prospect Ike Davis continued his torrid start with a long home run to center field. Davis has reached base in six of his first nine Triple-A plate appearances. He is 4-for-7 with two doubles, a homer and two walks.
4/8: SWB 1, BUF 0: Opening Day starter Tobi Stoner tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings before a rain delay ended his outing. Bobby Parnell, who set a Mets rookie record for appearances with 68, tossed 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings.
First baseman Ike Davis went 3-for-4 with two doubles in his Triple-A debut. David Winfree’s homer off ex-Nationals pitcher Mike O’Connor in the fourth inning accounted for the lone run.