May 2010

Syracuse beats Buffalo, 7-4

Southpaw starting pitcher Jon Niese made his Major League rehab start today at Coca-Cola field when the Herd opened their four game series with the Syracuse Chiefs. Niese pitched well and left the game with the lead but the bullpen could not hold it for the left hander as the Bisons lost 7-4 for their third straight loss.

The Chiefs scored six unanswered runs for the second straight day after the Herd jumped to an early 4-1 lead.

The Bisons bullpen had a rough afternoon dealing with the Chiefs. Relieving Niese was right hander Jose De La Torre. De La Torre had a day he would like to forget as he allowed all four batters he faced to reach base.

Chiefs shortstop Pedro Lopez started the comeback when he led off the seventh with a double left field. Pinch hitter Kevin Mench reached base with a single and second baseman Pete Orr followed suit by also singling and driving home Lopez. De La Torre then made a throwing error to first trying to get out center fielder Boomer Whiting who bunted to try to advance the runners.

De La Torre was then relieved after his error by Adam Pettyjohn to try to limit the damage. Pettyjohn took the mound with the bases loaded and no outs and was able to hold the Chiefs to only one more run.

The Chiefs would get another run in the eighth when Lopez homered to left center off of Pettyjohn and picked up two more runs in the ninth to put the game out of reach.

For the Bisons, first baseman Daniel Murphy was the catalyst for all four runs the Herd scored on the day. Murphy singled in the first inning to drive home shortstop Ruben Tejada to give him his sixth RBI of the season and the Bisons an early 1-0 lead.

Murphy then doubled in the third inning to again drive home Tejada and second baseman Justin Turner to pick up his seventh and eighth RBI of the year. Murphy then accounted for the fourth and final run of the day for the Herd when right fielder Russ Adams drove home Murphy when Adams singled to right field.

The Bisons will play the Chiefs again tomorrow when left hander Pat Misch (4-1, 3.02 ERA) takes on Chiefs starter Sharion Martis(2-3, 4.84 ERA) at 7:05 p.m.

Syracuse at Buffalo: Game 1

Ruben Tejada – SS
Justin Turner – 2B
Daniel Murphy – 1B
Mike Hessman – 3B
Mike Cervenak – LF
Russ Adams – RF
Josh Thole – C
Emmanuel Garcia – CF
Jonathon Niese – LHP

Pete Orr – 2B
Boomer Whiting – CF
Leonard Davis – LF
Josh Whitesell – 1B
Chase Lambin – 3B
Chris Duncan – RF
Devin Ivany – C
Pedro Lopez – SS
Jeff Mandel – RHP

Syracuse at Buffalo: Series II

The Bisons welcome the Syracuse Chiefs, a Thruway Cup Series rival, to town for the start of another four-game series. The Bisons are now 10-6 in a 20-game stretch from May 14 – June 3 that includes 16 of 20 games at Coca-Cola Field.

Pitching Probables for Upcoming Games
MON: LHP Jon Niese (NR) vs. RHP Jeff Mandel (2-0, 1.56) 2:05 p.m.
TUE: LHP Pat Misch (4-1, 3.02) vs. RHP Shairon Martis (2-3, 4.84) 7:05 p.m.
WED: LHP Bobby Livingston (2-5, 4.44) vs. RHP Erik Arnesen (0-1, 3.60) 7:05 p.m.
THR: RHP Dillon Gee (6-1, 3.92) vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg (3-1, 1.72)

The Bisons are 0-2 against the Chiefs and this will be just the second series between the two clubs. Buffalo had a two-game stop in Syracuse during first roadtrip to open the year. Here is a small recap of both games.

4/12/10 – SYR 9, BUF 1
The Bisons’ three-game winning streak came to an end in Syracuse on Monday night as the Chiefs collected a 9-1 victory over the Herd. Buffalo is now 3-2 with one game to go on their season-opening six-game roadtrip.

Errors and strikeouts were the culprits in the Bisons’ second loss of the season. Herd batters fanned a season-high 13 times, making it virtually impossible for the team to string together a rally.

The Bisons’ lone run came in the second inning as Ike Davis led off the frame with his second home run of the season. Davis also singled in the game and has now reached base at least twice in each of the team’s first five games.

The Bisons have five home runs in five games this year after having just 80 in 143 games last season.

Syracuse, meanwhile, put together the big inning with a six-run fifth inning that knocked starter Bobby Livingston (0-1) from the game. All six of the runs were unearned and came with only two hits in the inning.

Already leading 3-1, Chiefs’ outfielder Marvin Lowrance led off the frame with a grounder that got under Ike Davis’s glove at first. Livingston then hit a batter and walked the bases loaded before two runs scored on an error from third baseman Mike Hessman. Pete Orr’s RBI-single made it 6-1 Syracuse and forced manager Ken Oberkfell to go to his bullpen.

The Bisons turned to Kiko Calero, but Syracuse’s Chase Lambin turned on Calero’s first offering for a three-run home run to right field. When the sixth inning was over, the Chiefs had scored six runs on two hits, a walk, a hit batter and two Buffalo errors.

4/13/10 – SYR 4, BUF 3
Syracuse completed a two-game sweep of the Herd at Alliance Bank Stadium with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night. The Chief’s Chase Lambin had four hits and three RBI to lead the Thruway rival to victory.

Lambin was the thorn in the Bisons side, even after the Herd took an early 2-0 lead on Mike Hessman’s third home run of the season and a sacrifice fly from Ruben Tejada. Lambin’s RBI-single in the bottom of the second inning scored Chris Duncan for the Chiefs’ first run.

Two innings later, Lambin doubled home another run, tying the score at three. In the sixth inning, Lambin’s third hit on the night drove in Duncan again and gave Syracuse their first, and only, lead of the game.

Tobi Stoner (0-1) suffered the defeat for the Herd, allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings of work. He struck out just one batter.

Ike Davis singled, but went just 1-4 at the plate. It’s the first game in 2010 the Bisons’ first baseman has not reached base twice. Fernando Martinez finished the game 2-4 with his second double of the season. Mike Hessman now has 314 career minor league home runs. He has 22 more home runs than any other active player.

Stephen Strasburg slated for Buffalo

The Syracuse Chiefs have confirmed that RHP STEPHEN STRASBURG is scheduled to pitch for the Chiefs on Thursday, June 3 at Coca-Cola Field against the Buffalo Bisons (1:05 p.m.). The Bisons are scheduled to counter with RHP Dillon Gee.

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Strasburg is 3-1 with a 1.27ERA in five starts with Syracuse after being promoted from Double-A Harrisburg. He was the Washington Nationals’ #1 pick (1st overall) in the June 2009 draft., the Washington Post and all cited Nationals’ General Manager Mike Rizzo today as saying Strasburg’s next start is scheduled to be Thursday, June 3 at Coca-Cola Field against the Bisons. Rizzo also said that the Triple-A rookie is scheduled to toss six innings or 95 pitches, whichever comes first, in the start.

Toledo at Buffalo: Game 4

Jesus Feliciano – CF
Justin Turner – 2B
Daniel Murphy – 1B
Mike Hessman – 3B
Mike Jacobs – DH
Mike Cervenak – LF
Russ Adams – RF
Josh Thole – C
Ruben Tejada – SS
Dylan Owen – RHP

Scott Sizemore – 2B
Maxwell Leon – DH
Danny Worth – SS
Ryan Strieby – LF
Jeff Frazier – 1B
Casper Wells – CF
Brent Dlugach – 3B
Keik Scram – RF
Max St. Pierre – C
Ryan Ketchner – RHP