April 2010

Pridie, Bisons out-slug Yanks

Jason Pridie collected four hits and five RBI to lead the Herd to an 11-7 victory over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field. Fernando Martinez added a three-run homer as Buffalo slugged their way to a winning homestand.

Pridie was at the heart of the Bisons attack all day. His three-run homer in the fifth inning gave Buffalo the 3-1 advantage. After Scranton/Wilkes-Barre built a 6-3 lead on homers from Chad Huffman and Jesus Montero, Pridie doubled to deep center to plate Ruben Tejada and close the deficit to two. Pridie, Bisons Out-Slug Yanks, 11-7Two batters later, the Bisons’ centerfielder scored when Fernando Martinez launched a three-run homer.

WATCH: More highlights from the Bisons’ slugfest CLICK HERE!

The Bisons’ 7-6 lead didn’t last long, however, as Herd-killer Eduardo Nunez singled home a run in the top of the eighth inning. The Yanks’ infielder had nine hits in the four-game series against Buffalo.

But Pridie and his Bisons’ teammates went back to work in the bottom of the eighth. With two outs and Alex Cintron on second base, Pridie looped a single into center for the go-ahead run. Yankees reliever Kevin Whelan then walked Josh Thole and hit Martinez to load the bases. Mike Hessman provided the knockout blow with a three-run double off the wall in left field.

Pridie finished the game 4-5 with a double, a home run, five RBI, three run scored and his team-leading fourth stolen base. Along with Thole, Martinez and Hessman, the top four in the Bisons’ lineup combined to go 9-15 with seven runs scored, 11RBI, three doubles, two home runs and four walks.

Read full game story: CLICK HERE!

Starting lineups: BUF/SWB

Jason Pridie – CF
Josh Thole – C
Fernando Martinez – RF
Mike Hessman – DH
Chris Carter – 1B
Mike Cervenak – 3B
Alex Cintron – 2B
Jesus Feliciano – LF
Ruben Tejada – SS

Pat Misch – LHP

Kevin Russo – 2B
Eduardo Nunez – SS
Juan Miranda – 1B
David Winfree – DH
Jesus Montero – C
Chad Huffman – LF
Colin Curtis – RF
Robbie Hammock – 3B
Greg Golson – CF

Romulo Sanchez – RHP

The Buffalo Bisons today announced that RHP TOBI STONER has been added to the team’s active roster. The New York Mets optioned the pitcher to the Herd on Monday night to make roster room for the debut of INF IKE DAVIS.

Stoner was recalled by the Mets on Sunday, April 18 following New York’s 20-inning win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. Stoner helped a tired Mets’ pitching staff by throwing 2.1 innings of relief on Sunday against the Cardinals. Stoner allowed one run on three hits and a walk and suffered the loss in St. Louis’ 5-3 victory.

Stoner was 0-1 with a 4.32ERA in two starts with the Bisons to begin the 2010 season.

~ Ben Wagner

Dickey strong, but Herd falls 7-2

For the second time in a week, R.A. Dickey spun his knuckleball with great success at Coca-Cola Field. Dickey allowed just two runs in eight innings but the Yankees exploded late in a 7-2 victory over the Herd on Monday afternoon. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scored one off the Bisons’ starter in the eighth inning and five off the Buffalo bullpen in the ninth to seal the victory.

Coming off a complete game victory in the team’s Home Opener, Dickey retired 16 of 17 batters in the middle of another solid outing. The righty kept Yankees’ hitters off balance by mixing in his up-tempo knuckler with a fastball on both sides of the plate. It wasn’t until the eighth inning the Yanks got the run they needed for victory.


Buffalo first scored in the bottom of the sixth inning. Josh Thole doubled over the head of Winfree in left field. The Herd then executed great fundamentals as Fernando Martinez chopped one to the right side of the infield to move Thole over. Mike Hessman drove a two-strike pitch to deep right field for a sacrifice fly and his team-leading 10th run driven in.

In the bottom of the ninth, Mike Cervenak hit his first home run of the season.

Prior to the game, the Bisons lost a key bat in their line up as Ike Davis got the call to New York. The 23 year-old prospect had his contract selected by the Mets to make his big league debut.

Herd marathons…

The Mets and Cardinals battled through most of Saturday before finally posting a win, 2-1, in 20 innings. Got us thinking… How do some of the Bisons marathons compare to what we saw unfold in St. Louis tonight?

Longest Game, Innings: 20, 8/17/86 at Indianapolis (6-5 Win)
Longest Game, Time: 5:39, 8/17/86 at Indianapolis (20 innings)(6-5 Win)
Longest Nine-Inning Game: 3:47, 8/10/96

Bisons fans, were any of you there or have a special memory to share about a long night you watched the Herd play?

Quick thoughts: We went 15 innings against Pawtucket during the opening weekend last year and 13 innings on July 3 two years ago. (and the next week a 14 inning game vs. Norfolk)

How did the Mets and Cardinals finish? Read more: Click Here!

Gee: 7 shutout, Ks 8 in victory

Dillon Gee put up seven zeroes and allowed just three hits as the Bisons shutout the Yankees, 2-0, Saturday evening from Coca-Cola Field.

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Gee allowed just four base runners -three singles and a walk. He erased two of those with a strike-’em-out, throw-’em-out doubleplay to end the second inning and a 6-4-3 twin-killing in the fifth. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre pushed just one base runner past second base against the righty.

The Bisons got the only runs they would need with a two-out rally in the third inning. Jesus Feliciano singled up the middle and moved to third on Mike Cervenak’s double down the left field line. Ike Davis singled to the right-centerfield gap on the first pitch from Yankees’ starter Jason Hirsh to plate both Herd baserunners.

Davis has hit in six straight games and 8-of-9 contests this season.

WATCH: Ike’s RBI hit and Cintron flash leather CLICK HERE!

Bobby Parnell and Elmer Dessens polished off the masterpiece, each tossing an inning in relief. Parnell has now tossed 5.2 shutout innings to start the season, while Dessens earned his second save.