ADVANCE SCOUT: LEHIGH VALLEY IRONPIGS
The Bisons return to Coca-Cola Field for an eight-game homestand, opening Saturday night facing Lehigh Valley prior to squaring off against Indianapolis. The Bisons and IronPigs split a four-game series May 22-25 in Allentown, PA.
Tentative Pitching Match-ups: Lehigh Valley at Buffalo:
SAT: RHP Drew Carpenter (5-4, 3.58) vs. LHP Bobby Livingston (2-6, 4.43)
SUN: RHP Nelson Figueroa (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Dillon Gee (6-3, 4.37)
MON: RHP Nate Bump (6-3, 2.71) vs. RHP Tobi Stoner (3-6, 5.23)
TUE: LHP Joe Savery (1-6, 4.88) vs. RHP Dylan Owen (2-2, 6.11)
THAT’S HOW WE DREW IT UP: RHP Drew Carpenter is 5-2 in his last 9 GS and is back as the ‘Pigs all-time career wins leader (17), three ahead of Brian Mazone (14). He started 1-2, 7.15, .298 OBA in his first 3 GS.
SHORT HANDED: LHV played both games yesterday with 22 available players… OF John Mayberry has now missed 6 straight games after bruising his knee; he remains day-to-day; OF Rich Thompson missed both games Thursday (DH) and Friday for the birth of his third child, William Blaise, yesterday morning.
TRACY TOPS 1,000-RBI MILESTONE IN PRO CAREER: Sunday’s game was tied 5-5 when 1B Andy Tracy hit a 2-run 3B in the 5th inning — knocking home his 1,000th and 1,001st RBI in his prodigious 15-year pro career. He also now has 958 RBI in his MiLB career, which ranks 2nd amongst all active MiLB’s – Kevin Barker (playing with Veracruz in Mexican) has 1,021; Mike Hessman is 3rd w/ 951. Tracy is also 2nd amongst all active MiLB’ers in HR with 264 Hessman, 329) & in BB with 745 (Barker, 775).
FROM ‘A’ TO ‘Z’: LHP Mike Zagurski now has a 7.1 scoreless IP streak in his last 6 G (4 h, 3 bb, 11 k) and has not allowed an ER in his last 14 G since 4/30 — going 0-2, 0.00, 3 H, 16.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 8 BB, 24 K). During that time, the Omaha native has lowered his ERA from 7.45 to 2.77. “Z” also leads all IL relievers in K/9 at 13.5 (39 K in 26 IP).
Series I: Review for Buffalo & Lehigh Valley
5/25/10: LHV 2, BUF 1
The Herd lost their second straight game against the IronPigs Tuesday night by a 2-1 score. The back-to-back losses means that Buffalo could only earn a split of the four-game series against the International League North division rivals. Buffalo still has not one a series in five tries at Lehigh Valley after the IronPigs debuted in 2008. The Bisons won the first two games of the series over the weekend, but fell 6-3 on Monday night. Tuesday’s loss meant a series victory will have to wait until the Herd returns to Pennsylvania in August. Buffalo could only muster one run in the Tuesday’s series finale. Mike Hessman’s two-out single in the first inning plated newcomer Daniel Murphy for the game’s first run. For Hessman, the knock gave him his league-leading 49th RBI on the season. Lehigh Valley answered quickly in the bottom of the first on John Mayberry’s RBI-single. In the fourth, the IronPigs pushed across a second run on Melvin Dorta’s two-out hit into center off Herd starter Pat Misch. That proved to be the game-winner. Drew Carpenter and two IronPig relievers held the Bisons to just six hits in the loss. Misch suffered his first loss of the season for Buffalo to fall to 4-1. The southpaw allowed just two runs in six innings of work. In his first action since his month-long stay with the Mets, Manny Acosta threw two shutout innings for Buffalo. BISONS NOTES: Daniel Murphy’s action was just his second career Triple-A game. Murphy played one game with New Orleans in August, 2008 but was promoted to New York for his major league debut a day later. He finished Tuesday’s game 1-4 with a run scored…Mike Cervenak was 1-4 at the plate and has now hit safely in each of his three games since being activated off the disabled list…Pat Misch picked up his first hit of the season with a fifth-inning single.
5/24/10: LHV 6, BUF 3
After winning five straight games, the Herd’s hot streak came to an end. The Bisons were defeated by the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 6-3 on Monday night. Bisons stater Dylan Owen gave up five hits and allowed two runs over five innings while striking out five batters. John Mayberry Jr. was the Bison killer, 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.
5/23/10: BUF 5, LHV 5
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. 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.
5/22/10: BUF 4, LHV 1
The Bisons won their fourth straight game on Saturday night, 4-1 in the first game of a four-game road trip against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at Coca-Cola Park. Dillon Gee delivered another quality start for the Herd giving up just a run on three hits over 6.2 innings. The lone run came on a Melvin Dorta solo homer in the third frame. Gee improved to 5-1 on the year. Gee figured into the game offensively as well, leading off the third inning with a walk. After advancing to third on a double by Jesus Feliciano, Gee scored the Bisons first run of the game on a Mike Jacobs groundout. The Bisons broke the 1-1 tie in the seventh. Following a Josh Thole double, Gee grounded a ball to IronPigs third-baseman Cody Ransom. The ball however was booted off the heel of Ransom’s glove, bounded into left field, and allowed Thole to score the go-ahead run. The Bisons would tack on two more insurance runs in the ninth inning. One run came in via an Oscar Villarreal error and the other on a pinch-hit RBI single by D.J. Wabick. Adam Pettyjohn and John Lujan combined for 2.1 innings of hitless relieve of Gee to close out the victory and improve the Bisons to a season best nine games above .500. Buffalo will look to extend their winning streak tomorrow afternoon with a 1:35 p.m. start time from Coca-Cola Park. BISONS NOTES: Jesus Feliciano went 2-4 tonight to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, which ties a team season high…Mike Jacobs went 1-4 with an RBI to extend his hitting streak to seven games…Jon Malo made his 2010 Bisons debut in the ninth inning to pinch-run for Valentino Pascucci…Emmanuel Garcia had his first multi-hit game for the Bisons going 2-4.