July 2010

Misch dominates IronPigs

The Herd defeated the visiting Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 4-1 behind a dominant start from Bisons lefty and lone All-Star Pat Misch.

Misch had one of his best starts of the season tonight when he tossed eight innings of shutout baseball while only giving up three hits and striking out seven batters. Misch retired the first ten batters of the contest before giving up a single to Iron Pigs center fielder John Mayberry Jr.

Following the single to Mayberry Jr. Misch then retired the next 12 batters he saw before giving up back to back singles to catcher Dane Sardinha and shortstop Brian Bocock in the eighth inning.

With the win, Misch is now 10-4 for the year, finally getting that elusive tenth victory and making him the first Bisons pitcher since Jeremy Guthrie (12-10) did it in 2005 to reach the double digit mark in wins. Dillon Gee (9-7) will get the chance to join Misch and Guthrie as double digit winners when he takes on the Iron Pigs Monday night.

Jorge Padilla got the offense going for the Herd in the second inning when he singled home Nick Evans to put the Bisons on the board. A Ruben Tejada force out would drive home another run in the second giving the Bisons all the runs they would need for the night.

Buffalo added two more insurance runs in the sixth inning after Evans hit a bloop single to right field that was able to drop due to the Iron Pigs infield playing shallow. Evans’ single was good enough to score Lucas Duda and Padilla would get Evans home when he hit his 15th double of the year later in the inning.

The Iron Pigs finally generated some offense in the ninth inning following Misch’s departure. Lehigh Valley got two hits in the final frame and avoided being shut out when Ozzie Chavez scored from third off of a Mayberry Jr. force out but ultimately were defeated by Buffalo, 4-1.

The Bisons are now 54-53 on the season and 5-4 versus the Iron Pigs. Lehigh Valley drops to 44-64.

BISONS NOTES: The Bisons will try to keep their hot streak going tomorrow night when Fernando Nieve takes on Iron Pigs righty Vance Worley at 7:05 p.m. There will be a post game Bisons Home Run Derby as the Herd looks to bombard Oak Street with long balls. A fireworks show will also follow the derby.

Advanced Scout: Lehigh Valley IronPigs

vs. THE IRONPIGS: The Bisons and IronPigs have split each 4-game series so far in the 16-game season series. The two clubs split a four-game set in Lehigh Valley, May 22-25. In Buffalo, June 12-15, Lehigh Valley took the opening two games before the Bisons offense powered back to win the final two games. In their brief existence, the IronPigs hold the 22-18 advantage over the Bisons. Buffalo had won two of the previous four sets played here at Coca-Cola Field.

UPCOMING PROBABLES FOR LEHIGH VALLEY AT BUFFALO:
SAT: LHP Joe Savery (1-8, 5.03) vs. LHP Pat Misch (9-4, 3.44)
SUN: RHP Vance Worley (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Fernando Nieve (NR)
MON: RHP Brandon Duckworth (5-3, 3.38) vs. RHP Dillon Gee (9-7, 4.92)
TUE: LHP Brian Mazone (5-11, 3.78) vs. RHP Tobi Stoner (5-9, 6.04)

PIG TAILS FROM THE LEHIGH VALLEY:
DOWN TURN: The ‘Pigs have dropped five straight games after winning six of seven; and went to 2-6 on this eight-game, South Division homestand. Durham, which owns the best record in the International League, is now riding a 9-game winning streak.

NOTHING SWEET HERE: The I-Pigs were swept at home for the first time since 4/9/09-4/12/09 vs. SWB (opening series of ’09). The only other teams to sweep LHV in 4 G at home: PAW (6/14/08-6/17/08; 8/24/08-8/27/08) & SWB (7/17/08-7/20/08). Lehigh Valley is back to a season-low, 19-G below .500 and a season-high 18.0 GB in the North. The ‘Pigs have not been more than 34.0 games below and 18.0 GB since they ended ’08 at 55-89, 33.0 GB.

WHO’S HOT (BATTING): 1B Andy Tracy has hit in 2 of 3 G in the series (4-10, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB) after and 0-14 skid… OF John Mayberry snapped an 0-15 skid with his game-tying HR in 9th yesterday. He has hit safely in 12 of his last 16 G (.338-2-10; 22-65, 4 2B, 11 R), … SS Brian Bocock (see below) has hit in 14 of last 17 G (20-60, .333-3-15)… In his last 11 G, OF Chris Aguila is .325-1-4 (13-40, 4 2B, 5 R, 2 BB)… INF Ozzie Chavez has hit in 12 of 16 G (20-67, .299-4-9, 10 R)…

WHO’S HOT (PITCHING): LHP Antonio Bastardo has not allowed a R in 12 G w/ LHV (3 SV, 0.00, 10.1 ip, 2 h, 3 bb, 16 k) — retiring his last 20 BF… RHP Michael Schwimer started his Triple-A career with 7 scoreless appearances (8.1 IP) and is unscored upon in 8 of 9 G — going 2-1, 0.79, 2 H (11.1 ip, 6 h, er, 3 bb, 7 k)… In 4 G since coming off the DL, RHP Brian Gordon is 0-1, 1.17 ( 7.2 ip, 6 h, er, 7 k)… RHP Vance Worley went 6.0 scoreless IP in his LHV debut on 7/27 — giving him 24.0 consecutive scoreless IP combined in his last 4 G (2 w/ REA, 1 relief appearance w/ PHI, 1 w/ LHV)…

THE MIGHTY TRACY: 2010 I.L. All-Star 1B Andy Tracy is batting .323-6-27 (42-130, 12 2B, 23 R) in his last 39 G… Since his return from the DL on 5/27, Tracy is batting .326-11-42 in 55 G (58-178, 14 2B, 2 3B, 33 R, 35 BB, HBP)… Traditionally a slow starter, the Bowling Green alum has also hit .313-12-45 since May 4 (67-214, 17 2B, 3 3B, 39 BB), raising his AVG from .198… In month of June in his LHV career (3 seasons): .364-15-63 in 83 G (100-275, 29 2B, 2 3B, 57 BB, 41 R)

500 ALLERGY: The ‘Pigs have only been at .500 for just two times in LHV history… and they still have never been above .500 in 392 games… In fact, the Phillies Triple-A affiliate has not been above .500 since Ottawa was 22-21 on 5/24/07 — a span
of 492 games (3 years, 2 months, 6 days)… Since that point, the teams have combined to go 202-290 (.411).

HUPPERT CLIMBING CHARTS: With Lehigh Valley’s 5-1 win 5/31/09, ‘Pigs skipper Dave Huppert earned his 1,500th career MiLB win since starting his managerial career in 1986. With a record of 1,551-1,376, ‘Hupp’ entered the season ranked 3rd among all active managers in wins behind (1) Round Rock’s Marc Bombard [entered season 1,706-1,541] and (2) Orem’s Tom Kotchman [entered 1,584-1,327]. Unofficially, the record for Minor League wins is held by Stan Wasiak 2,530.

6/15/10: BUF 7, LHV 3
GAME STORY: Bisons hit for split

6/14/10: BUF 7, LHV 6
GAME STORY: A grand finish

6/13/10: LHV 10, BUF 1
GAME STORY: I-Pigs roll in win

6/12/10: LHV 6, BUF 3
GAME STORY: Rain dampens Herd’s return

5/25/10: LHV 2, BUF 1
GAME STORY: IronPigs split with Herd

5/24/10: LHV 6, BUF 3
GAME STORY: Bisons win streak stopped

5/23/10: BUF 6, LHV 4
GAME STORY: Red-Hot Herd win again

5/22/10: BUF 4, LHV 1
GAME STORY: Pitching powers win

Longballs help Clippers set sail

The Buffalo Bisons will hold their annual home run derby this Sunday before Herd takes on the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. The Herd and the Clippers got a head start as they treated tonight’s game like a home run derby with the two teams combining to hit eight home runs in a 11-8 Columbus victory at Huntington Park.

The eight home runs from the two teams was the most any game involving the Herd has seen this year. The previous record was when Buffalo and Syracuse combined for six back in early July.

The Clippers got the slugfest going early as Michael Brantley and Josh Rodriguez hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning off of Bisons starter Tobi Stoner. Brantley and Rodriguez’s consecutive homers was the first time a Bisons opponent left the yard in back-to-back fashion since Iron Pigs Andy Tracy and Michael Taylor accomplished the feat back on August 14 of last season.

Lou Marson added another solo home run in the second inning to stretch the lead to 3-0 in favor of the home squad.

The Herd would get two of those runs back in the top half of the third when Valentino Pascucci had a two-run double to score Lucas Duda and Justin Turner to trim Columbus’ lead to one.

In his first game back from the DL, Pascucci looked like he didn’t miss a beat. For the night Pascucci went 2-4 and added his 12th home run of the season in the fifth inning.

Matt McBride swatted another home run when he sent one over the left field fence to bring the lead back to two. In his second at-bat in his Triple-A career, McBride accounted for the fourth solo home run that Stoner gave up on the night.

Making his twentieth start for the Herd this season, Stoner (5-9) didn’t have his best outing. The right hander tossed four innings while giving up nine hits and allowing seven runs to cross the plate.

Columbus broke the game open in the fifth inning when they scored three runs putting them ahead 7-4. Two runs came by way of McBride’s second hit in his Triple-A debut as he had a two-run double with the bases loaded to drive home Rodriguez and Jordan Brown.

While Stoner wasn’t having that great of a day on the mound, second baseman Justin Turner had arguably his best day of the season at the plate. Turner went 4-4 tonight, extending his hit streak to six games and adding two home runs. He was also just a triple shy of the cycle. Turner hit solo home runs in the fifth and seventh innings to bring his season total to six.

The Herd attempted to crawl back in the eighth when Ruben Tejada doubled to score Mike Cervenak and a fielding error from Clippers pitcher Shane Lindsay scored Fernando Martinez and Tejada made it a two-run game. Buffalo could not get any more on the board as Lindsay rebounded to get himself out of the inning and put a stop to the comeback attempt.

The Bisons now drop to 52-53 with the defeat while the Clippers sit at 66-41.

BISONS NOTES: The Herd will try to get back on track as they wrap up their eight game road trip tomorrow against the Clippers. Ramon Ortiz will take on a pitcher still to be announced tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. The Bisons will then return home for an eight game, nine day home stand where they will have four-game series’ with the Iron Pigs and the Clippers.

Bisons fall in Columbus

The Bisons fell to 1-5 on their eight-game roadtrip to Ohio after a 6-4 defeat at the hands of the Columbus Clippers on Wednesday night from Huntington Park.
Buffalo trailed for most of the game, and failed to take full advantage of another home run from Lucas Duda.

Duda’s blast, his 13th of the season and second in as many games, came with a runner on board in the top of the fifth inning. The Triple-A rookie now has 37RBI in 37 games with the Herd.

Duda’s home run tied the game at three, but the stalemate didn’t last long. Columbus plated a run in the bottom of the fifth on Lou Marson’s single to retake the lead.

Kyle Smith singled home a run in seventh before Bisons reliever Adam Pettyjohn walked Josh Rodriguez with the bases loaded to push the Clippers’ advantage to 6-3.

The Bisons scored a run, but only one, on Russ Adams’ sac fly in the eighth inning after loading the bases with only one out.

Meanwhile, the 10th win continues to escape the grasp of Bisons pitchers Dillon Gee and Pat Misch. No Herd hurler has reached 10 victories in a single season since Jeremy Guthrie accomplished the feat in 2005. Misch has been stuck on nine wins for three starts. Gee failed at try number two for the elusive 10th win.

Gee battled through five innings, throwing 102 pitches and surrendering four runs on 10 hits. The righty did add three strikeouts to his season total that now stands at 118. However, Gee was saddled with the loss to fall to 9-7.

BISONS NOTES:Pitcher Bobby Livingston was released on Wednesday to make room for Fernando Nieve’s return to Buffalo. Nieve was 3-0 with the Bisons last season and 2-4 with a 6.00ERA in 40 games with the Mets in 2010…Luis Hernandez had three more hits and is now hitting .351 as a Bison…Jose De La Torre had allowed just one run in his last 13 relief appearances before surrendering two runs in 1.1 innings of work.

Bisons stop streak in win

The Buffalo Bisons finally got rid of that losing streak they have been dueling with the past six days. The Herd snapped their six-game losing skid when they defeated the Columbus Clippers 5-4 tonight at Huntington Park.

The Bisons jumped out to an early lead thanks to Lucas Duda. Following Jorge Padilla and Mike Jacobs drawing walks from Clippers starting pitcher Eric Berger, Duda sent his 12th homer to center field to give the Herd an early 3-0 lead. Duda who had three RBI in tonight’s game now has 35 on the year.

The speedy Clippers used a combination of small-ball and the long-ball to chip away at the Bisons lead. Columbus got one run back in the first by way of a Jordan Brown sacrifice fly that was able to score Ezequiel Carrera.

Jared Goedert then hit his 17th home run of the year when he blasted a solo shot to left field off of Bisons starter Bobby Livingston to make the game 3-2.
Livingston’s outing today was short lived as he only tossed four innings while giving up five hits and three runs.

The Clippers would get another run to tie the game at three in the fourth. That tie was short-lived as the Herd put another run on the board in the fifth. After Lucas Duda reached base on a fielding error by Goedert allowing Jesus Feliciano to score, the Bisons regained the lead at 4-3.

Columbus would once again battle back to tie the game in what proved to be a back and forth contest. Jose Costanza and Carrera would reach base on back-to-back bunt singles in the sixth to start the inning. With Josh Rodriguez batting Costanza broke for third and due to a throwing error from catcher Michael Barrett he was able to score to once again knot the game up at four.

The Herd would finally take the lead for good in the seventh playing a little small-ball of their own. Feliciano was able to get his 16th double of the year to lead off the inning to put the go-ahead run in scoring position with no outs. Luis Hernandez then did his job by getting Feliciano over to third on a sacrifice bunt. Padilla then drove Feliciano home from a sacrifice fly to right for his 15th RBI of the year.

Chad Cordero, Brian Bruney and Ryota Igarashi combined to throw three scoreless innings out of the pen to secure the win for the Herd and finally put that losing streak to rest. When the Clippers threatened by getting a lead-off single in the ninth, Igarashi made a diving catch on a pop up bunt from Rodriguez and was able to get the double play by getting the runner out at first. For Igarashi it was his first save of the year as the Herd improved to 52-51 to get back over the .500 mark. The Herd will continue their series with the Clippers tomorrow at 7:05 p.m.

BISONS NOTES: Bisons slugger Mike Hessman got the call up to the majors when the Mets selected his contract yesterday. Hessman got to see some action in the Mets 8-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. In the eighth inning Hessman got the opportunity to pinch hit and popped up to the third baseman in his only at-bat of the evening.

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