The potent Bisons lineup took a hit shortly before and also shortly after first pitch on Sunday afternoon. And the day didn’t get much better after that.
Jesus Feliciano was recalled by the Mets just prior to a doubleheader at Coca-Cola Field that saw the Pawtucket Red Sox take two games from the Herd. Justin Turner was injured two pitches into the first contest of the twin bill and could miss significant time with a knee injury.
The day wouldn’t get much better as the PawSox collected wins of 9-2 and 7-5 in an afternoon that also saw Fernando Martinez unable to play the second game with a right knee injury.
Feliciano joined the Mets in Pittsburgh as catcher Rod Barajas was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He left the Herd 16 plate appearances shy of having his .342 batting average qualify as the best in the International League.
His replacement in the top of the order for Sunday’s game one was Justin Turner, but the second baseman didn’t even get a chance to bat. Two pitches into the game, Red Sox leadoff man Josh Reddick hit a grounder to first base that skipped off the glove of Nick Evans. Turner was circling around Evans for back up and when he tried to stop his momentum, his right knee buckled under him.
After the game, Bisons manager Ken Oberkfell said they will reevaluate Turner on Monday to see how he feels.
Martinez played the entire first game, but could be seen nursing his right knee in the field and out of the batter’s box. Oberkfell said he aggravated the knee trying to beat out a doubleplay in the sixth inning. The following inning, Martinez couldn’t chase down a fly ball in the gap. The coaching staff saw and kept him out of the second game against the Red Sox.
Pawtucket won both games in loud fashion. Already leading the first game 2-0, Lars Anderson launched a solo home run past the berm in right centerfield and into the parking lot. Gustavo Molina followed with a two-run shot in the sixth inning and Jeremy Hermida homered over the Heron’s Landing Party Deck as part of a five-run seventh.
Only J.R. House’s two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh saved Buffalo from being shutout in a 9-2 loss.
The Bisons trailed 2-0 in the fourth inning of game two before Russ Adams tied the game with a triple down the right field line. Mike Cervenak’s sac fly gave Buffalo a 3-2 edge.
Down 5-3 in the sixth inning, Buffalo fought back on Nick Evans’ fifth homer of the season and House’s RBI-double.
But the PawSox scored two in the seventh for the win. Aaron Bates, who hit a mammoth three-run home run off the batter’s eye in the fifth inning, singled home Niuman Romero for the game-winning run in the game’s final frame.
Triple-A Rookie Josh Stinson fell in defeat in game one as he allowed three earned runs in six innings of work. Chad Cordero took the loss in game two.
BISONS NOTES:Nick Evans hit a solo home run in the second game of the doubleheader. He has homered on three straight days for the Bisons and now has five blasts in his time with the team…Russ Adam’s triple was the team’s first triple at Coca-Cola Field since Jon Malo hit one on June 15 against Lehigh Valley…Valentino went 1-3 in the first game, but 0-1 with a pair of walks in game two to see his hit streak end at eight games.