August 2010

News & Notes: Game 132

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Buffalo Bisons
70-61, 2nd(-9.5)
RHP Josh Stinson 0-1, 4.50

Syracuse Chiefs
68-63, 3rd(-11.5)
RHP Yunesky Maya (0-0, NR)

Friday, August 27, 2010
Alliance Bank Stadium – Syracuse, NY

TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet 13
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons play the Syracuse Chiefs in the final game of a two-game set at Alliance Bank Stadium (7:10 p.m.) The Herd is 5-8 against the Chiefs this year and is three games behind Columbus in the IL Wild Card race. After this series, the Bisons travel to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for a three-game in two-day series that starts with a doubleheader on Saturday.

WILD RACE: The Bisons lost a game to the Clippers in the IL Wild Card race with the 5-4 loss to Syracuse last night. Buffalo is three games behind Columbus, as the Clippers beat Louisville, 5-2. Louisville now leads Columbus by half of a game in the IL West division race.

THRUWAY SERIES: With a win tonight, Syracuse (18-7) would clinch the 2010 Thruway Series. The Bisons (14-13) are in second place, five games back of the Chiefs. The two-time defending champion Rochester Red Wings (7-19) are in third place and eliminated from this year’s contention.

CERVENAK ATTACK: INF MIKE CERVENAK went 3-7 last night with an RBI and a run scored to extend his hit streak to seven games. During the stretch, Cervenak is batting .464 (13-28) with two RBI and six runs scored. The veteran has hit .333 (25-75) with two homers, 10 RBI, and 15 runs scored in 20 games this month.

DOMINATING: LHP MIKE O’CONNOR has been spectacular of late. The reliever has tossed 16.0 consecutive innings of scoreless relief for the Herd over his last eight-plus outings. The southpaw has 64 strikeouts in 64.0 innings this season and 21 punchouts in his last 16.0 innings of work.

BISONS BITS: Despite going 0-6, OF LUCAS DUDA did manage to draw a walk last night. In 24 games in August, Duda has failed to reach base safely in only two games…In 16 games in August, OF RUSS ADAMS has hit seven home runs. Before August, it took him 79 games to amass the same amount…Last night, the Bisons stranded a modern-day franchise record 19 baserunners. The previous record was 17, set August 24, 1997, in 3-2, 12 inning win against the Nashville Sounds…Yesterday’s game took a season-long 4:22. This is the longest Bisons game since July 21, 2008 when the Herd lost to Norfolk in 4:41.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (63-64) lost to the Marlins last night, 11-4. INF DAVID WRIGHT went 2-3 with two runs scored, a home run, and two RBI in the losing effort. RHP MIKE PELFREY (12-7, 3.80) takes hill as New York starts a three-game series with the Houston Astros tonight at 7:10 p.m. from Citi Field.

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Bisons fall in 14-innings

The Bisons struggles continued on Thursday night to start off a crucial five-game road trip. The Herd lost 5-4 in a wild season high 14 innings at Alliance Bank Stadium and have now lost 5 of their last 7 games.

The Chiefs jumped on top 2-0 in the second inning, when the Chiefs starting pitcher Erik Arnesen helped out his own cause by driving in a run with a sacrifice fly and Boomer Whiting drove in a run on a fielder’s choice.

The Bisons struggled offensively over the first three frames, able to get just two hits, but the bats broke open in the fourth. Russ Adams got the rally started with a one out solo home run, his 14th of the year. Five of the next six batters came through with singles, including a two-run base hit by Luis Hernandez to give the Herd a 3-2 lead.

The Bison killer Chase Lambin then assisted the Chiefs in retaking the lead in the sixth inning on a two-run homer, his fourth long ball against the Bisons this season, to put Syracuse up 4-3.

However, as always the Bisons would not go down quietly. After a leadoff single by Andy Green in the seventh, Buffalo tied the game at four on an RBI base knock from Mike Cervenak. The Bisons third baseman extended his hitting streak to seven games going 3×4 with a run scored and that RBI.

The Bisons loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning, but Mike Nickeas flew out to shallow center field and pinch hitter J.R. House grounded out to end the threat.

After Syracuse was unable to walk-off with the victory in the bottom of the ninth, the Bisons went into extra innings for the second straight night.

Things got dicey in the bottom of the 12th inning. With men on second and third base and only one out in the inning, Brian Bixler lined a ball out to center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis. On the catch, Pete Orr tagged up from third base, but was gunned down at the plate by Nieuwenhuis to end the inning and continue the game.

Seth Bynum led off the 13th frame with a double down the left field line. He got down to third base with one out in the inning, but a strikeout of the pitcher Joe Bisenius and Carlos Maldonado flew out to center field to send the contest to the 14th.

For the third straight inning, the Chiefs got the winning run on third base in the 14th, as it was Pete Orr. This time however Syracuse was able to walk off with the win, when Brian Bixler lined a ball into left field and Orr came in to score the winning run.

The 14 innings and 4:22 time of game were both season longs for the Bisons in 2010.

The Chiefs and Bisons will meet in the series finale and Buffalo’s final game in Syracuse this season tomorrow night with a 7:10 p.m. start time.

BISONS NOTES:Russ Adams has hit five home runs in his last nine games…Bisons starting pitcher Fernando Nieve got the no-decision, meaning he has still yet to lose a game as a Buffalo starter (5-0 in ten career starts as a Bison)…Mike O’Connor pitched a scoreless ninth inning to extend his scoreless innings streak to 16 innings…The Bisons left a modern era record 19 men on base.

News & Notes: Game 131

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Buffalo Bisons 70-60, 2nd(-8.5)
RHP Fernando Nieve 2-0, 5.24

Syracuse Chiefs
67-63, 3rd(-11.5)
RHP Erik Arnesen (5-7, 3.71)

Thursday, August 26, 2010
Alliance Bank Stadium – Syracuse, NY

TV: Time Warner Cable 13, (87 -Spanish)
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons play the Syracuse Chiefs in the opening game of a two-game set at Alliance Bank Stadium (7:00 p.m.) The Bisons are 5-7 against the Chiefs this year and are just two games behind Columbus in the IL Wild Card race. After this two-game series, the Herd travels to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for a three-game in two-day series.

WILD RACE: The Bisons did not lose any ground Clippers in the IL Wild Card race with the 8-3 loss to Pawtucket last night. Buffalo is two games behind Columbus, as the Clippers lost to Toledo, 5-4 (12 innings). Louisville lost last night but still leads Columbus by 1.5 games in the IL West division race.

THRUWAY SERIES: The Bisons (14-12) are currently in second place in the 2010 Thruway Series standings. Buffalo trails Syracuse (17-7) by four games for the Thruway Cup, with Rochester (7-19) in last place. The Bisons are 5-7 against the Chiefs this season, the only divisional foe they have a losing record against. Since 2008, the Herd is just 6-16 in 22 games at Alliance Bank Stadium.

STARTING PITCHER: RHP FERNANDO NIEVE gets the start for the Herd on the mound tonight against Syracuse. In his last three starts, Nieve is 2-0 with 13 strikeouts. This season, Nieve has made five starts and tossed 17 strikeouts in 22.1 innings of work. Dating back to last season, Nieve is 5-0 in nine career starts as a Bison.

NICK EVANS: Last night, Evans went 3-4 with a run scored, a triple and a walk. Since August 10, Evans is hitting .351 (20-57) with six doubles, a triple, four home runs and 13 runs scored. Evans enters tonight’s game with a four-game hit streak, hitting .400 (6-15) over the span from August 22(2)-25. Combined with his 88 games with Double-A Binghamton, Evans has hit .301 (133-442) with 40 doubles, one triple, 22 homers and 76RBI this year.

DOMINATING: LHP MIKE O’CONNOR has been spectacular of late. The reliever has tossed 15.0 consecutive innings of scoreless relief for the Herd over his last eight-plus outings. The southpaw has 63 strikeouts in 63.0 innings this season and 20 punchouts in his last 15.0 innings of work.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (63-63) lost a close game last night to the Marlins, 5-4. The Mets scored one run in the bottom of the ninth, it but wasn’t enough to get the win. Former Bisons INF IKE DAVIS went 1-4 with a run scored, a triple and an RBI. INF DAVID WRIGHT went 2-4 with three runs scored, a home run, and an RBI. New York finishes up the three-game series against Florida tonight at 7:05 p.m.

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PawSox slam Herd

The thorn in the Bisons side struck one final time.

PawSox centerfielder Josh Reddick hit a grand slam as part of a five-run 10th inning as Pawtucket defeated the Bisons, 8-3, on Wednesday night from Coca-Cola Field.

With the win, the Red Sox took four of the six games in their series with the Bisons. However, Buffalo did not lose any ground in the IL Wild Card race as Columbus and Louisville also lost on Wednesday.

Reddick entered the series finale with eight hits in previous nine at-bats against Buffalo, including a 5-5 performance in Tuesday night’s loss. After going 1-4 in Wednesday’s first nine innings, he launched a 2-1 offering from Adam Pettyjohn into the berm in right-centerfield to give him four home runs and eight RBI in the last three games.

Overall, Reddick had 12 hits in the six-game series with the Herd.

Reddick’s homer actually wasn’t the game-winning run. Walks ended up hurting the Bisons the most as Lars Anderson and Jack Hannahan drew free passes off reliever Sean Green. Jorge Jimenez put Pawtucket up for good when he singled home Anderson with two outs in the 10th. Niuman Romero followed with an infield single to load the bases for Reddick’s slam.

The Bisons fought back from an early 3-0 deficit to force extra innings with solo runs in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings. Valentino Pascucci completed the comeback with a laser home run into the left field screen with two outs in the eighth inning.

Andy Green got the Herd on the board when doubled home Mike Cervenak for the Herd’s first run. Nick Evans led off the sixth inning with a triple and scored on Kirk Nieuwenhuis’s grounder.

The Bisons will now leave for a five-game in four-day roadtrip. The next two nights are in Syracuse and a doubleheader is scheduled on Saturday for a weekend series in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

BISONS NOTES: Prior to the game, the Bisons placed Fernando Martinez on the disabled list with right knee soreness. The move was made retroactive to August 23, so F-Mart would be eligible to come off the DL on Monday…Mike O’Connor continued his dominance over the PawSox. With two more solid innings of relief, the lefty has 18 strikeouts in 11.2 scoreless innings against Pawtucket. Wednesday night’s game was Buffalo’s 12th extra-inning game this season. Eleven have come at Coca-Cola Field.

News & Notes: Game 130

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Buffalo Bisons
70-59, 2nd(-7.5)
LHP Raul Valdes 1-1, 2.11

Pawtucket Red Sox
57-74, 4th(-21.5)
LHP Rich Hill 2-0, 3.82
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Coca-Cola Field – Buffalo, NY

Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons host the Pawtucket Red Sox in the final game of a six-game in five-day series at Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd (2-3) is looking to salvage a split after last night’s 7-3 loss. The Bisons are now 41-25 (.621) at home and 37-28 (.569) against IL North opponents. After this series the Herd starts a five-game roadtrip tomorrow in Syracuse.

WILD RACE: The Bisons did not lose any ground to the Clippers in the IL Wild Card race last night. Buffalo is two games behind Columbus, as the Clippers lost to Toledo 7-3. Louisville won last night and now leads Columbus by 1.5 games in the IL West division race.

vs. PAWSOX: The Bisons are 8-7 against Pawtucket this season. The Bisons are hitting .298 with 75 runs scored (5.0/game) against Pawtucket this season, led by INF RUSS ADAMS (.481, 13-27, 2HR, 8RBI), OF LUCAS DUDA (.382, 13-34, 2HR, 8RBI) and INF MIKE CERVENAK (.333, 18-54, 1HR, 5RBI).

HOT HITTER: INF RUSS ADAMS belted another two hits last night to extend his hit streak to nine-games. During the stretch, the slugger has hit .438 (14-32) with four homers, 12 RBI and nine runs scored. In 14 games in August, Adams has 12 extra-base hits and a 1.023 slugging percentage. His 26 doubles and 41 extra-base hits for the season lead all Bisons.

DUDA MATH: OF LUCAS DUDA hit two doubles last night. Since he joined the team on June 14, Duda’s 40 extra-base hits are seven more than any other hitter in the International League. Duda also leads the IL in home runs (17), slugging percentage (.650) and total bases (152) and is second in the league in doubles (21) and RBI (53) since his promotion from the Binghamton Mets.

TALE OF TWO PENS: During the month of August, the bullpen has pitched 68.0 innings, posting a 3.04ERA and 1.24 WHIP. However, Bisons relievers have a 1.33ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in the 16 Buffalo wins this month and a 9.64ERA and 1.71 WHIP in the six Herd losses. In those victories, the bullpen has pitched 54.0 innings and allowed just two home runs. In the losses, the bullpen has tossed 14.0 innings and allowed three homers.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (63-62) defeated the Marlins last night, 6-5, in a walk-off victory. INF LUIS CASTILLO drove home former Bisons INF IKE DAVIS in the ninth inning to win the game. The two teams are back in action again tonight as former Bisons LHP PAT MISCH takes the hill for Mets at Citi Field at 7:05 p.m. The southpaw has posted a 3.00ERA in his first two starts with New York.

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