July 2010

Huge rally lifts Herd

Down to their last out, the Bisons picked an excellent time to tie their season high for runs in an inning.

Trailing 6-5 entering the top half of the ninth inning, center fielder Jorge Padilla was able to tie the game when third baseman Mike Cervenak singled to center field to drive Padilla home. Left fielder Lucas Duda then hit a two-run single with two outs to give the Herd a 8-6 lead. The Bisons then poured on three more runs in the final frame due to a Russ Adams double and Jean Luc Blaquiere single to put the game out of reach.

The six runs for the Herd in the ninth was the most the Bisons have scored in one inning since they put a six spot on the Norfolk Tide in a game back in early June. This is now the fifth time Buffalo has scored six runs in one inning this season.

Duda who sparked the rally in the ninth also hit a home run to deep right field in the sixth inning for his ninth home run of the season. Duda has been on a tear recently, hitting eight home runs in his past 12 games, including his stretch of five consecutive games with a home run back in late June to early July.

In his 23 games with the Herd this season, Duda is hitting .337 and is flashing power numbers that rival slugger Mike Hessman. Duda also has 25 RBI in his 23 contests with the Herd and is averaging a home run every 10 at-bats.

On the mound for the Herd, starting pitcher Dillon Gee was in control for most of his start. Providing another quality start for the Bisons the right hander went 6.2 innings while allowing six hits and four runs, with three of them being earned. Gee also had a point in his outing where he retired 12 batters in a row. The spotlight on Gee’s start however was the 11 batters he struck out.

The 11 punch-out’s was a career-high for Gee and was the first time a Bisons pitcher struck out 11 since Jason Bere did it back on May 17, 2003. Gee’s total for strikeouts on the season now stands at 102. With his 11 strikeout performance tonight he has reached the century mark for strikeouts on the season and becomes the first pitcher to do so since 2006 when Hyang-Nam Choi had 103 for the year.

Gee is now also only 36 strikeouts behind Vicente Palacios for the record for most strikeouts for a Bisons pitcher in the Modern Era. With the better part of two months remaining in the season, Gee has a legitimate chance to reach the mark of 137 which was set back in 1990.

The come-from-behind win for the Herd sets their record at 46-43 while the Red Wings stand at 32-59 with only one game remaining before the All-Star Break.

BISONS NOTES: By going 0-3 today, center fielder Jorge Padilla saw his 12-game hit streak come to an end. Padilla tied outfielder Jesus Feliciano for the longest streak for a member of the Herd this year. The Bisons will wrap up their two-game series with the Red Wings tomorrow when Oliver Perez will take the mound for the Herd to take on Ryan Mullins (4-7, 4.70 ERA).

Buffalo at Rochester: Game 1

Justin Turner, 2B
Luis Hernandez, SS
Jorge Padilla, CF
Mike Jacobs, 1B
Fernando Martinez, RF
Mike Cervenak, 3B
Lucas Duda, LF
Russ Adams, DH
Jean Luc Blaquiere, C
Dillon Gee, RHP

Dustin Martin, CF
Trevor Plouffe, SS
Jacque Jones, LF
Jose Morales, C
Brain Dinkleman, RF
Brendan Harris, 3B
Brock Peterson, 1B
Wilson Ramos, DH
D’Angelo Jimenez, 2B
Jeff Manship, RHP

Advance Scout: Rochester Red Wings

The Bisons have just a two-game series in Rochester over the weekend to close out the ‘first half’ of the season.

vs. RED WINGS: he Bisons are 3-2 this season against their closest rivals. The teams split a two-game set in Rochester, April 21-22 and didn’t face each other again until the Herd took two of three on July 1-3 at Coca-Cola Field. The Bisons are 51-46 (.526) all-time at Frontier Field.

Probable starting pitchers for Buffalo at Rochester:
7/10 RHP Dillon Gee (8-5, 4.82) vs. RHP Jeff Manship (3-5, 4.97) 7:05 p.m.
7/11 LHP Oliver Perez (NR) vs. LHP Ryan Mullins (4-7, 4.70) 1:05 p.m.

NO HOME COOKIN’: The Red Wings have lost seven in a row and 12 of their last 13 games at Frontier Field. The last time Rochester lost 12 of 13 at home was June 5-27, 1999 when they lost 14 of 15 games at 1 Morrie Silver Way. The Red Wings have just a 14-28 record at Frontier Field this season which is the worst home record of any team in the International League. The last time Rochester had a losing record at Frontier Field was 2002 when the Red Wings had a 30-41 record.

BREAK ME OFF SOME WINS: The Red Wings have a 32-58 record with three games remaining before the All-Star break. This will be only the fifth time since 1983 that Rochester enters the Triple All-Star break with less than 35 wins. Rochester needs to go 1-1 against Buffalo to avoid having their worst record prior to the All-Star break since 1984 when those Wings went 32-58.

BAD STARTS: The Red Wings starting pitchers have struggled the last 31 games, going 3-18 with a 7.15 ERA. In 146.1 innings of work, the starters allowed 126 runs (118 earned) while allowing 35 home runs. Rochester’s starting pitchers have a 13-45 record with a 5.84 ERA so far this season.

BACK-2-BACK: With a loss Friday, the Red Wings failed to win back-to-back games for the first time since June 10-12 when they won three-in-a-row at Columbus and Toledo. Rochester has won back-to-back games just eight times this season with three of those coming on the road. Rochester has just a 5-21 record since their last back-to-back wins.

IN THE RED: Rochester hasn’t spent a day over .500 since June 3, 2009 (26-25 record). In fact, Rochester only spent six days at the .500 mark from June 4 through the end of the 2009 season (92 games).

SERIES NOTE: 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 106-89 series edge, including a 55-43 mark at Coca-Cola Field.

Looking back at the Bisons & Red Wings series:
7/3/10: ROC 1, BUF 0
GAME RECAP: Duda, Bisons blanked

7/2/10: BUF 2, ROC 0
GAME RECAP: Valdes wins duel, Duda homers

4/21: ROC 6, BUF 1
GAME RECAP: Plouffe powers ‘Wings win

4/22: BUF 12, ROC 3
GAME RECAP: Buffalo Pounds Rochester

Scranton/WB at Buffalo: Game 2

Justin Turner, 2B
Luis Hernandez, SS
Jorege Padilla, CF
Mike Jacobs, 1B
Fernando Martinez, RF
Mike Cervenak, 3B
Lucas Duda, LF
Russ Adams, DH
JR House, C
Dillon Gee, RHP

Reid Gorecki, CF
Reegie Corona, 2B
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Juan Miranda, DH
Jesus Montero, C
Jorge Vazquez, 1B
Chad Huffman, LF
Eric Bruntlett, 3B
Greg Golson, RF
Tim Redding, RHP

Oliver Perez joins Bisons

The Buffalo Bisons today announced that New York Mets’ LHP OLIVER PEREZ has joined the team on a major league rehabilitation assignment. Perez is scheduled to start for the Bisons on Sunday, July 11 in Rochester against the Red Wings (1:05 p.m.).

The Mets placed Perez on the disabled list on June 5 with patella tendinitis in his right knee. He’s made two rehab starts with Single-A St. Lucie of the Florida State League and was 1-1 with a 4.63ERA (11.2IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 4BB, 14K). He struck out seven batters in each start.

Prior to the injury, Perez was 0-3 with a 6.28ERA in 11 games and seven starts with the Mets (38.2IP, 43H, 29R, 27ER, 33BB, 30K).

Perez pitched in two games for the Bisons during the 2009 season. He was 0-2 with a 3.86ERA in those two appearances (9.1IP, 8H, 4R, 4ER, 9BB, 9K).