The Bisons have been a comeback team all season. With only seven games left in the 2010 regular season, the Herd will have to show that same moxie if they want to keep playing past Labor Day.
With only a week left, the Bisons are now down four games in the race for the International League Wild Card race following a 6-4 defeat to Syracuse on Tuesday night in front of 14,118 at Coca-Cola Field.
The Bisons have lost four straight, while Columbus has now leap-frogged Louisville for the lead in the IL West. The Herd now trails the Bats, not the Clippers, for the final post season spot.
Buffalo had early leads of 3-0 and 4-2 thanks to the long ball. Nick Evans launched a missile three-run homer in the first inning. Justin Turner followed with a solo shot in the third inning after the Chiefs had closed to within 3-2.
But Syracuse kept coming, scoring a run in the fifth inning before taking a 5-4 lead with two runs in the top of the sixth. Seth Bynum tied it with a two-out RBI-double. Carlos Maldonado gave the Chiefs the lead when he singled home Bynum.
The game wasn’t without a little controversy. With Buffalo holding onto the 4-3 lead and one out in the fifth inning, Turner singled to right field and Jesus Feliciano tried to go first to third on the play. Feliciano was initially called safe, but after Chiefs manager Trent Jewett came out to argue the call, the three-man umpiring crew gathered and reversed the call on the base paths.
That brought on the ire of Herd skipper Ken Oberkfell, who raced out to argue on his team’s behalf. However, the call remained and instead of runners on first and third and one out with Lucas Duda at the plate, the Bisons slugger hit with just one runner on and two out.
On the hill, Fernando Nieve suffered the loss, his first losing decision in 11 career starts with the Bisons. The righty allowed five runs on 10 hits in six innings of work.
BISONS NOTES:In his second game back from a knee injury, Justin Turner went 3-3 with two runs scored, a double and a home run…Lucas Duda also finished the game with three hits, going 3-4 with a double and a runs scored…Following the game the Mets promoted Lucas Duda and Jenrry Mejia to New York.
The New York Mets today announced that they recalled RHP JENRRY MEJIA from the Bisons. In addition, the Mets also selected the contract of Bisons’ OF LUCAS DUDA. Both players will be available for New York’s game in Atlanta on Wednesday night.
Mejia, 20, made one start for the Bisons. The Mets’ #1 prospect by Baseball America struck out nine in eight innings of a no-decision on Monday night against Syracuse. Mejia made New York’s team out of spring training and made 30 appearances with the Mets, going 0-2 with a 3.25ERA (27.2, 10ER).
Duda has played 70 games with the Bisons since his promotion from Double-A Binghamton on June 14. With the Herd, the outfielder hit .314 (83-264) with 23 doubles, two triples, 17 home runs and 53RBI. He finished 2nd on the Bisons team in home runs and RBI as well as in extra-base hits (41).
From June 28 – July 2, Duda tied a Bisons all time record by homering in five consecutive games.
RHP Fernando Nieve 2-0, 5.40
RHP Erik Arnesen 8-7, 4.18
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Coca-Cola Field – Buffalo, NY
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet 13
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Syracuse Chiefs in the final game of a two-game series from Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd needs a win tonight to split the set with its IL North Division rival after losing last night, 4-1. Buffalo is now 41-27 at home this season. The Bisons will host the Yankees for a three-game in two-game series starting Wednesday.
WILD RACE: The Bisons have fallen back to 3.5 games behind the Columbus Clippers in the IL Wild Card. Along with the Herd’s loss last night, the Clippers were 6-4 winners over Indianapolis on Monday. Buffalo has eight games left while Columbus has seven contests remaining in 2010.
Bisons Remaining 2010 Home Schedule
Tuesday: Syracuse (7:05 p.m.)
Wednesday: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre DOUBLEHEADER (G1:5:35 p.m.)
Thursday: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (6:05 p.m.)
THRUWAY CUP: The Syracuse Chiefs (19-8) clinched the 2010 Thruway Cup with their victory over the Bisons (15-14) last night. The Chiefs snapped the Red Wings (7-19) two-year reign in the Thruway Series. The Herd is now 6-9 against the Chiefs this season and has now lost the season-series to Syracuse for the third straight year.
WELL SERVED: INF MIKE CERVENAK has hit safely in 19 of his last 22 contests with the Bisons. Since August 7, Cervenak has averaged .360 (31-86) with six doubles, four home runs and 13RBI in 25 games. The stretch has raised his average 27 points to .261. Cervenak leads the Bisons team with 103 games played and 105 hits and is second with 24 doubles.
BATTING RACE: OF JESUS FELICIANO went 0-4 last night to see his average drop to .340 in 82 games with the Bisons. Feliciano is now 31 plate appearances shy of qualifying as the top hitter in the International League. His average would be one point higher than Gwinnett’s INF Barbaro Canizares.
BISONS BITS: LHP MIKE O’CONNOR saw his consecutive scoreless innings streak snapped last night. The southpaw had tossed 16.2 innings without a run…INF NICK EVANS has reached base safely in 29 of his 31 games with the Herd since his promotion. Evans sports a .319 batting average and a .391 on-base percentage…RHP DILLON GEE fanned 11 batters on Saturday and now has an IL-best 161 on the season.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (65-66) lost to the Braves in Atlanta last night by a 9-3 score. Former Bisons INF LUIS HERNANDEZ went 1-3 and drove home his first run with the Mets. LHP PAT MISCH fell to 0-4 in four starts with New York as he allowed five runs on eight hits in three innings. The Mets take on the Braves again tonight with a 7:10 p.m. first pitch.
The Chiefs outlasted Jenrry Mejia and it earned them a win.
With the Mets’ top prospect out after eight brilliant innings, Syracuse scored three in the 10th inning for the 4-1 victory over the Bisons on Monday night from Coca-Cola Field.
Centerfielder Michael Martinez doubled home two runs in the 10th off Mike O’Connor before scoring himself on a perfect suicide squeeze bunt from Carlos Maldonado. Josh Wilkie retired the Bisons in order in the bottom of the 10th to preserve the win.
With the loss, and a 6-4 Columbus win over Indianapolis, the Bisons fell 3.5 games behind the Clippers for the league’s lone wild card spot.
The story early in the game was the work of the 20-year old Mejia. The Mets #1 prospect proved why he is so highly rated with strike after strike. The flamethrower struck out nine batters, including seven of the first eight he faced.
Mejia had a dominating fastball that reached as high as 97 mph. Through the first four innings, the Chiefs didn’t get a ball out of the infield off the righty. Martinez broke up the Mejia’s no-hit bid with a one-out home run in the top of the sixth.
Mejia then got some help from his newest teammates to keep the game tied. Kirk Nieuwenhuis threw out the speedy Boomer Whiting at the plate to end the sixth inning. In the seventh, a drawn-in Justin Turner threw Brian Bixler out at the plate trying to score on a one-out grounder.
The Bisons scored their only run of the game on Mike Cervenak’s eighth home run of the season with two outs in the second inning.
BISONS NOTES: Mejia was great, but the Chiefs got a great outing out of their starter, as well. Shairon Martis allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings…Mejia’s outing was his longest since May 2, 2009 when he threw eight scoreless from Single-A St. Lucie…With runners at the corners and one out in the ninth inning, the Bisons hit into a 1-9-3 doubleplay. Right Fielder Leonard Davis was pulled into the infield and was playing just to the left of the second base bag.
RHP Jenrry Mejia (NR)
RHP Shairon Martis (5-7, 3.76)
Monday, August 30, 2010
Coca-Cola Field – Buffalo, NY
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet 13
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Syracuse Chiefs in the first game of a two-game series from Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd is coming off a 2-3 roadtrip to Syracuse and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Tonight’s game starts the Buffalo’s final homestand of the season. The Bisons will host the Yankees for a three-game in two-game series starting Wednesday.
WILD RACE: The Bisons have fallen back to 2.5 games behind the Columbus Clippers in the IL Wild Card. Along with the Herd’s loss last night, the Clippers were 10-5 winners over Indianapolis. Buffalo has nine games left while Columbus has eight contests remaining in 2010.
THRUWAY CUP: The Syracuse Chiefs (18-8) can clinch the 2010 Thruway Cup with a victory over the Bisons (15-13) tonight. The Herd is 6-8 against the Chiefs this season, including a 3-3 mark at Coca-Cola Field. The teams split a two-game series in Syracuse last week, August 26-27.
OH JENRRY: RHP JENRRY MEJIA will make his Bisons debut tonight. The 20-year old righty is rated the Mets’ top prospect by Baseball America. Mejia made the Mets Opening Day roster and was 0-2 with a 3.25ERA in 30 relief appearances. As a starter with Double-A Binghamton, Mejia was 2-0 with a 1.32ERA in six starts.
BATTING RACE: OF JESUS FELICIANO enters tonight’s game on a five-game hit streak. In the stretch, Feliciano has averaged .500 (8-16). The outfielder has been held without a hit in just one of his last 16 games with the Bisons. With a .344 average, Feliciano is just 32 plate appearances shy of qualifying as the top hitter in the International League.
BISONS BITS: INF RUSS ADAMS has 21RBI in only 20 games this month. With 55RBI this season, Adams is just three RBI shy of INF MIKE HESSMAN’S team-leading total of 58…INF MIKE CERVENAK is hitting .322 (29-90) with nine extra-base hits in 24 games in August…LHP MIKE O’CONNOR has not allowed a run in his last 16.1 innings of work, a stretch that spans nine-plus games. The southpaw has 64 strikeouts in 64.1 innings of work…RHP DILLON GEE fanned 11 batters on Saturday and now has an IL-best 161 on the season.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (65-65) beat the Astros, 5-1, on Sunday afternoon to take two of three from Houston. Former Bisons catcher JOSH THOLE went 2-3 with his second home run of the season. RHP R.A. DICKEY gave up just one run on six hits in seven innings of work to improve to 9-5 on the season. The Mets are in Atlanta tonight for the start of a four-game series with the Braves (7:10 p.m.)