June 2010

Buffalo at Charlotte: Game 4

Russ Adams, 2B
Andy Green, SS
Jorge Padilla, CF
Mike Jacobs, 1B
Valentino Pascucci, RF
Fernando Martinez, LF
Mike Cervenak, 3B
Lucas Duda, DH
JR House, C

Ramon Ortiz, RHP

Alejandro De Aza, DH
Buck Coats, CF
Luis Rodriguez, SS
Josh Kroeger, 1B
Tyler Flowers, C
Stefan Gartrell, RF
Jordan Danks, LF
Brent Morel, 3B
Rob Hudson, SS

Matt Zaleski, RHP

Herd saw both IL weekly-winners

The International League announced today that Gwinnett outfielder Matt Young and Charlotte pitcher Carlos Torres have been named the League’s Batter and Pitcher of the Week for the period from June 21-27. Torres is now the 9th man ever to win three IL Pitcher of the Week Awards in the same season, joining Armando Reynoso (Richmond, 1991), Brian Rose (Pawtucket, 1997), Nerio Rodriguez (Syracuse, 1999), Shane Loux (Toledo, 2002), Josh Hancock (Scranton/WB, 2003), Jae Seo (Durham, 2007), Virgil Vasquez (Toledo, 2007), and Justin Lehr (Lehigh Valley & Louisville, 2009).

Gwinnett’s Matt Young led the International League with 10 runs scored during the past week, and he tied for the League lead in hits (15), batting average (.556), and on-base percentage (.600). Young collected multiple hits in each of the six games in which he started this week, including banging out three hits in three straight games from Wednesday to Friday. He also scored multiple runs in four games, including two three-run performances. His hot bat has pushed his batting average above .300 for the first time this season, vaulting him into the League’s top ten in hitting.

27-year-old Matt Young is in his sixth season of professional baseball, all coming within the Braves organization. His first taste of Triple-A came last September, when he ecorded a hit in each of his first three games with Gwinnett. Young is a native of Temple, Texas.

For the third time this season, Charlotte’s Carlos Torres is the International League Pitcher of the Week. Torres won both of his starts this week, allowing just two runs and eight hits in a total of 14.0 innings, while walking three and striking out twelve. Monday night in Syracuse, Torres was dominant against the IL North leaders, despite being in the difficult position of facing a team for a second consecutive start. Torres surrendered two hits and a walk in 7.0 strong innings, striking out seven Chiefs as the Knights cruised to a 6-1 victory.

Torres got his second win of the week, and sixth this season, back home against Buffalo on Saturday night. The Bisons got two runs off of him in the 5th, but Torres was otherwise stingy and Charlotte pulled out a 3-2 win. Torres now finds himself among
the IL leaders on the year in ERA (8th), strikeouts (4th), and innings pitched (2nd).

27-year-old Carlos Torres is in his sixth season as a professional pitcher, all coming within the White Sox organization. In 2009 he was named by MLB.com as the Triple-A Starting Pitcher of the Year on the strength of his International League-best 2.39 ERA in 23 games for the Knights. Torres is a native of Santa Cruz, California.

Misch deals, Bisons get big hits

The Bisons snapped their three-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon, with a 6-3 come from behind victory over the Charlotte Knights from Knights Stadium.

Trailing 2-0 going into the seventh inning the Bisons got the offense going scoring six runs over innings seven and eight, after being able to muster just three hits over the first six innings.

Jorge Padilla got aboard on a leadoff infield single in the seventh inning and advanced to second on a throwing error by the third baseman Brent Morel. He would move up to third on a groundout by Mike Jacobs and would score the Herd’s first run of the game on a wild pitch by Knight’s starter Jeff Marquez.

Valentino Pascucci was then walked and two batters later Mike Cervenak was hit by a pitch, followed by an Andy Green walk. That loaded the bases for J.R. House, who smacked a two-run double up the right field line to put the Bisons up 3-2.

Buffalo would then add insurance and go up 6-2 in the eighth frame on a three-run homer off the bat of Valentino Pascucci, his ninth of the year in his 100th at bat of the season with Buffalo.

With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, the game was delayed one hour and 37 minutes due to rain. Once the game resumed it took just nine minutes to conclude.

Pat Misch picked up his team leading seventh win of the season and his second win of the road trip by going six innings and giving up two runs on seven hits.

The Bisons will look to even up the series and the eight game road trip record with a win tomorrow in the road trip finale against Charlotte from Knights Stadium with a 7:15 p.m. start time.

BISONS NOTES: With two strikeouts in the eighth inning, Manny Acosta has now struck out at least one batter in each of his last seven outings (13 K, 7.2 IP)…Pat Misch has now allowed three or fewer runs in 12 of his 15 outings this season and the Bisons are 11-4 in games he starts…The Bisons won just their sixth game in the last 19 contests at Knights Stadium.

Buffalo at Charlotte: Game 3

Justin Turner, SS
Russ Adams, 2B
Jorge Padilla, CF
Mike Jacobs, 1B
Valentino Pascucci, RF
Fernando Martinez, DH
Mike Cervenak, 3B
Andy Green, LF
JR House, C

Pat Misch, LHP

Alejandro De Aza, CF
Buck Coats, LF
Stefan Gartrell, RF
Tyler Flowers, DH
Josh Kroeger, 1B
Donny Lucy, C
Brent Morel, 3B
Rob Hudson, SS
Javier Colina, 2B

Jeffery Marquez, RHP

Knights nip the Herd

The Bisons dropped their second consecutive game to the Charlotte Knights by losing 3-2 at Knights Stadium tonight.

After Bisons pitcher Raul Valdes took the mound for the start in place of Dylan Owen, he pitched a fantastic four innings. Valdes, who made two appearances for the Bisons early in the season has spent the majority of this year with the Mets but was recalled to Buffalo this past week when catcher Josh Thole was called up.

Valdes made the most of his start by going a strong four innings. Valdes gave up only four hits while giving up one run due to a solo home run from Knights left fielder Stefan Gartrell in the second inning. Besides Gartrell’s 12th homer of the season, Valdes was in control for the majority of his outing. The left hander commanded the strike zone with ease by striking out seven Knights. Valdes threw 60 pitches and had 43 of them count for strikes.

The Bisons finally got on the board in the fifth inning when third baseman Mike Cervenak took a 1-0 ball to deep left field to tie the game at one apiece. The Herd would then take the lead later in the inning when left fielder Lucas Duda was able to score thanks to a sacrifice fly from second baseman Justin Turner.

Buffalo had an opportunity to put another run on the board but was denied by a play at the plate. Catcher J.R House tried to score off of a double from second baseman Russ Adams but he was thrown out at home. Gartrel got House out at the plate to get out of the inning and deny the Bisons their third run of the frame.

Following Valdes’ exit, Owen came in from an unusual spot, the bullpen. Coming out of the pen, Owen tossed two and a third innings and did not allow a hit until the seventh inning. Owen got himself into trouble by letting third baseman Brent Morel hit a ground rule double with one out in the seventh.

Morel then came in to score when Owen gave up a double to second baseman Robert Hudson. Hudson would score the winning run when right fielder Alejandrdo De Aza followed suit with another double. Thereafter the Herd’s two run fifth inning, the Bisons would only collect one more hit the rest of the game, coming way of a Duda double in the seventh. The Herd was unable to threaten the Knights and therefore were unable to tie the game, ultimately losing by one lonely run.

The Bisons record now stands at an even 38-38. The Herd are at a .500 mark for the first time since they were 3-3 back early April. The Knights improved their record to 38-39.

BISONS NOTES: The Bisons will try to snap their two game skid tomorrow afternoon in the third game of their four game series with the Herd. The Bisons will send lefty Pat Misch (6-3, 3.49 ERA) to the mound to duel with Knights right hander Jeff Marquez (6-4, 4.35 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 2:15 p.m.


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