B-Mets buoy Bisons in 8-1 win

The system-wide strength of the New York Mets minor league organization was on full-displayed Monday night.

A trio of former Binghamton Mets buoyed the Bisons to their ninth win in 10 days as the Herd defeated the IronPigs, 8-1, at Coca-Cola Park.

Fresh up from the Double-A level, Michael Antonini threw six solid innings and Kirk Nieuwenhuis had three hits and three RBI in Buffalo’s win. Another former B-Met, Lucas Duda drove home three more runs to keep the red-hot Bisons on their winning ways.

Filling the rotation spot voided by Ramon Ortiz, Antonini allowed just an unearned run in his outing. The southpaw struck out the first two batters he faced on three pitches each and fanned five I-Pigs on the night. The only dent in his line came in the first inning when John Mayberry Jr. reached on a two-out error and scored on a Matthew Rizzotti single.

Antonini, who was 6-9 with a 4.32ERA in 23 starts with Binghamton this year, allowed just five hits and didn’t walk a batter in his 2010 Herd debut.

Antonini faired much better on Monday night than his first stint with Buffalo. The southpaw posted a 12.27ERA in two starts with the Bisons in 2009.

The Bisons offense came alive in the fourth inning of a 1-1 game. Jorge Padilla gave Buffalo a 2-1 advantage when he plated Duda on a sacrifice fly.

In the fifth, Duda plated two more runs with a two-out single to center. Duda and Nieuwenhuis drove home runs in a three-run seventh as the Bisons put the game away.

Buffalo also got four runs and three hits from Jesus Feliciano. The outfielder was activated by the team today after being optioned by the Mets on Saturday.

BISONS NOTES: The score might have been more lopsided if the Bisons didn’t hit into a record-tying five doubleplays. It was the eighth time in the modern era the team accomplished the dubious feat…Michael Antonini also had a single in two trips to the plate. He was hitless in nine at-bats at Double-A this season…The Bisons are now 8-5 this season against Lehigh Valley. Buffalo is one game away from evening their all-time record against the IronPigs, now at 22-23.

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