May 2010

Mets option Murphy, Acosta

The New York Mets today announced that they have optioned INF DANIEL MURPHY and RHP MANNY ACOSTA to the Buffalo Bisons.

Murphy, 25, began the 2010 season on the Mets 15-day disabled list with a grade 1 sprain of the MCL in his right knee. He was activated today prior to his option. Murphy played three games with Single-A St. Lucie to rehab the injury, May 21-23, and hit .727 (8-11) with a home run and six RBI. In his last game, Murphy went 5-5 with three RBI.

Murphy spent all of last season with the Mets and hit .266 (135-508) with 38 doubles, 12 home runs and 63RBI in 155 games. He led the Mets in home runs and games played and finished 12th in the National League in doubles. Murphy made 97 starts at first base and 27 in left field for New York in 2009.

Murphy has played just one Triple-A game in his four-year career. He was promoted from Double-A to Triple-A New Orleans on August 1, 2008 and went 1-4 with two runs scored in his Zephyrs debut. The next day he had his contract selected by the Mets and finished the season with a .313 average (41-131) in 49 games in New York.

Acosta began the 2010 season with the Bisons and was 0-1 with a 2.16ERA in five games. He was promoted to New York on April 21 and spent over a month with the Mets. In his big league time, Acosta was 1-1 with a 3.00ERA in 12 games (12.0IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 8BB, 14K).

Acosta did not allow a run in his final seven appearances for the Mets.

To make room on the Bisons roster, OF D.J. WABICK has been transferred to Double-A Binghamton and C TONY MACCANI has been transferred to Single-A Brooklyn.

Bisons win streak stopped

After winning five straight games for the first time since 2007, the Herd’s hot streak came to an end. The Bisons were defeated by the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 6-3 on Monday night.

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Bisons stater Dylan Owen was only able to go five innings and gave up five hits and allowed two runs. Owen struck out five batters.

John Mayberry Jr. was the Bison killer on the night, scoring the game tying run in the sixth and belted a solo home run in the second inning.

For the Herd, Mike Hessman started off the offense as he reached base on a single and was driven in by catcher J.R House in the second inning. Hessman finished the night 1-4 and still leads the International League in home runs and RBI. House and Mike Cervenak went 2-4 with the RBI hits in the loss.

Catcher Dane Sardinha hit a two run home run to give the IronPigs insurance runs and ultimately to the final score of 6-3.

After being named the International League’s batter of the week, right fielder Jesus Feliciano went 0-4 and saw his league high batting average dip to .372. The Herd will finish their four game series with the IronPigs Tuesday, sending Pat Misch (4-0, 3.02 ERA) to the mound.

Buffalo at Lehigh Valley: Game 3

BISONS:
Jesus Feliciano – RF
Andy Green – 2B
Mike Jacobs – 1B
Mike Hessman – 3B
Mike Cervenak – LF
JR House – C
Ruben Tejada – SS
Emmanuel Garcia – CF
Dylan Owen – RHP

IRONPIGS:
Chris Duffy – LF
Luis Maza – 2B
Rich Thompson – CF
John Mayberry – RF
Cody Ranson – 3B
Neil Sellers – 1B
Dane Sardinha – C
Brian Bocock – SS
Joe Savery – LHP

Feliciano: IL batter of the week

The International League’s leading hitter, Bisons outfielder Jesus Feliciano, extended his hitting streak to 12 games to raise his average on the season to .383.

During the past week, he led the League inbatting average (.483), hits (14), runs scored (8), and on-base percentage (.543) to help the Bisons climb into a tie for 1st place in the IL North Division.

Feliciano managed multiple hits in five of the seven games during the week, including three-hit efforts on Monday against Norfolk and Sunday at Lehigh Valley. Since his current 12-game hitting streak began on May 12, he is hitting .458. His .383 average on the season leads the IL by more than 30 points.

Jesus Feliciano, who will turn 31 in less than two weeks, is in his 13th season of professional baseball. Originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 36th round of the 1997 draft, Feliciano has also spent time in the Tampa Bay and Washington organization’s before signing as a free agent with the Mets in 2007.

Feliciano is the second Bisons player to earn the IL Batter of the Week Award in
2010, following Mike Hessman (April 26-May 2).

Last year he led the International League with 154 hits and was named Buffalo’s Stan Barron Most Valuable Player Award winner. Feliciano is a native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

Red-Hot Herd win again

Jesus Feliciano had three more hits and scored a pair of runs as Buffalo defeated Lehigh Valley 6-5, on Sunday afternoon. Josh Thole added three hits as Buffalo collected their fifth consecutive victory.

Feliciano collected two singles and a triple for his third consecutive multi-hit game. He extend his hit streak to a Bisons’ season-high 12 games with a base knock off IronPigs’ starter Nate Bump. Feliciano also drove home a run with a bloop single in the fourth and used his three-bagger in the sixth inning to score the eventual game-winning run.

Feliciano’s average now stands at .383, an amazing 34 points higher than any other batter in the International League. After going 3-5 on Sunday, he has averaged .458 since his hit streak began on May 12.

Like Feliciano all season, the Bisons attack was a constant force on Sunday. The Herd scored in four consecutive innings, starting with a pair of runs in the third. Andy Green and Mike Hessman drove home runs with hits to give Buffalo a 2-1 edge.

Hessman now has 48RBI on the season, nine more than any IL slugger.

Feliciano and Green plated runs in the fourth inning and Ruben Tejada knocked in Mike Cervenak in the fifth. Green followed Feliciano’s triple in the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly to drive in his second run of the game.

The run support went to the benefit of Tobi Stoner (3-4), who won his third consecutive decision. The Bisons’ starter allowed four runs on six hits and struck out six batters. At the plate, Stoner also singled, scored a run and laid down a sacrifice bunt.

Bobby Parnell used a 99 mph fastball to work through the seventh and eighth innings with five strikeouts. John Lujan struck out the side around a base hit in the ninth inning for his second save in as many days. Bisons pitchers combined to strike out a season-high 14 batters.

Bisons Notes: Prior to Sunday’s game, the Bisons activated INF/OF Mike Cervenak off the disabled list. Cervenak went 1-4 after missing the last 17 games with right plantar fasciitis. INF Mike Jacobs was ejected after a strikeout in the fourth inning. Jacobs went 0-3 in the game and failed the reach base for the first time in his last 23 games.

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