Advance Scout: Rochester Red Wings

Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons homestand continues with a three-game series against the Rochester Red Wings. The Bisons are now 24-16 at home this season and meet the ‘Wings for the first time since late April, after the two clubs split a short two-game set.

vs. THE WINGS: The Bisons were just 6-10 against Rochester last season in a back-and-forth rivalry. Neither team won more than two straight in the season series last year. Since returning to the International League in 1998, the Bisons hold the 105-88 series edge, including a 54-42 mark at Coca-Cola Field.

Projected Pitching Matchups for Rochester vs Buffalo:
Thur. LHP Ryan Mullins (4-5, 4.68) vs. LHP Raul Valdes (0-0, 1.93)
Fri. RHP Anthony Swarzak (1-4, 6.40) vs. LHP Pat Misch (7-3, 3.46)
Sat. LHP Glen Perkins (1-8, 8.25) vs. RHP Ramon Ortiz (0-0, 14.14)

WHIPLASH: The Red Wings pitching staff has struggled to keep the opposing batters in the ballpark. Rochester has allowed at least one home run in 22 of their last 23 games. The Wings hurlers have allowed 42 home runs in those 23 games. Prior to this stretch Rochester didn’t allow a home run for 53 consecutive innings (6 games). Rochester has allowed 92 home runs this season which leads the International League.

GOOD WOOD FOR THE BAD GUYS: The Red Wings opponents have brought the lumber the last nine games batting .300. Rochester is allowing 6.8 runs per game (60 total runs) during these nine games and has allowed 11 or more hits in six of the eight games.

RED WINGS BREAK 7-GAME SKID: Second baseman Toby Gardenhire broke a 2-2 tie with a RBI single scoring Jose Morales with one out in the top of the seventh inning, as Rochester defeated Lehigh Lalley 3-2, Tuesday night. Reliever Pat Neshek (1-0) picked up the win while closer Anthony Slama recorded the final three outs to pick up his 15th save of the season. Rochester broke a season-high seven-game losing streak with last night’s win.

JUNE SWOON: The Red Wings concluded the month of June with a losing record for only the second time in the eight years as a Minnesota Twins affiliate. With the loss Wednesday, Rochester finished 11-18 record in June which would be the worst record the Red Wings have had in June since 1992 when they had an 11-19 record. It is only the fifth time since 1980, when month-to-month records begin that Rochester would have 18 or more losses in June.

DIVISION RIVALS: The Red Wings are in the midst of playing their final 18 games prior to the All-Star break (July 12-14) against North Division rivals. Rochester will play nine games vs. Scranton, five games vs. Buffalo, two games vs. Lehigh Valley, and two games vs. Pawtucket. The Red Wings play 54 of their final 70 games vs. North Division rivals. So far they are 1-6 during this 18-game stretch.

ROAD WARRIORS, AGAIN: The Red Wings continue their season-long 10-game, nine-day road trip. Rochester played in Lehigh Valley before concluding the trip with a three-game series in Buffalo Thursday-Saturday.

ALL-STAR WINGS: Outfielder Dustin Martin and pitcher Anthony Slama will represent the Red Wings in the 2010 Triple-A All-Star Game. The 26-year-old Martin is in his 3rd full season with the Twins organization. Originally, the Mets’ 26th round pick in 2006 out of Sam Houston State University. Entering the week, Slama had a 1.42 ERA and 14 saves, with 49 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings. League hitters have a .122 batting average this season. The 26-year-old is in his 2nd season in Triple in his 4th year in the Twins organization, and was the Twins’ 39th round pick in 2006 out of the University of San Diego.

Looking back at the Bisons & Red Wings first series:
4/21: ROC 6, BUF 1
Redwings’ shortstop Trevor Plouffe finished a double shy of the cycle as he led Rochester to a 6-1 victory over Buffalo Wednesday night from Frontier Field. The Bisons’ Chris Carter missed his cycle by a triple, but the Bisons could only put one run on the board. Rochester’s attack was constant all game, scoring in five of the game’s first seven innings. Plouffe had three of Rochester’s 12 hits and his one-out triple in the first inning got his team started. Luke Hughes delivered the RBI-ground out one batter later to give the Wings a 1-0 lead. Rochester scored two in the second inning and then got a solo home run from Wilson Ramos in the fourth for a 4-0 lead. Plouffe hit his home run with one out in the seventh to give the Wings the decisive 6-1 edge. After singling in the second inning and doubling in the fourth, Carter homered to lead off the seventh for Buffalo’s lone run. Adam Pettyjohn (0-1) suffered the loss for Buffalo. The southpaw allowed four runs in four innings of work. He struck out four batters, including all three Red Wings who came up to bad in the third inning. Prior to the game, the Bisons activated INF Andy Green of the disabled list. He had missed the first 12 games of the season with a right hamstring strain. The Mets also recalled Manny Acosta prior to Wednesday’s game. RHP Tobi Stoner will return to the club’s rotation on Friday night, the first game of a four-game series in Pawtucket.

4/22: BUF 12, ROC 3
The Bisons posted season-highs in runs and hits as they pounded the rival Red Wings, 12-3, on Thursday afternoon from Rochester. Josh Thole drove in four, Jesus Feliciano scored four times and the team combined for 15 total base hits. The bulk of the damage for Buffalo came in a five-run sixth inning as the team batted around for the first time in 2010. Nursing a 3-2 advantage, the Herd loaded the bases when Mike Cervenak doubled, Feliciano singled and Andy walked. Thole then drove a full count pitch from Rochester reliever Jose Lugo into the left-centerfield gap for a bases-clearing double. The two-out rally continued when Fernando Martinez doubled to right-center for the 7-2 lead. Two batters later, Chris Carter collected his third hit of the game with an RBI-single through the left side. Carter went 6-8 with three doubles and a home run in the two-game series at Frontier Field. The Bisons offense started early and used the extra-base hit to get on top of Rochester. Eight of Buffalo’s 15 hits went for more than one base, including doubles by Carter and Feliciano in the second inning to erase an early 1-0 Wings’ lead. Alex Cintron singled home Feliciano three pitches later for a 2-1 edge. Ahead 8-2 in the seventh, the Bisons poured it on thanks to a former Red Wings. Jason Pridie tripled home a pair on his third hit of the game before scoring on Thole’s sacrifice fly. Dillon Gee (3-0) kept his early season success going with another victory. The righty saw his shutout streak end at 13 innings when Erik Lis singled home Trevor Plouffe five batters into the game for the afternoon’s first run. Gee had posted back-to-back scoreless efforts to start the season. Against Rochester, Gee worked five innings and allowed two runs on six hits. He walked none and struck out four. Bobby Parnell retired nine of the 10 batters he faced. Mike O’Connor allowed a run in the ninth inning before closing out the win. Andy Green made his first start this season and went 3-4 with a double, an RBI, a walk and two runs scored. The infielder was activated on Wednesday after missing the first 12 games of the season with a right hamstring strain.

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