August 2010

Rally falls short

The Bisons have 70 wins and 32 comeback victories in 2010. They nearly added to both on Tuesday night.

Buffalo batted around in the eighth inning, but an early four-run deficit proved to be too big a hole to climb out of in a 7-3 defeat to the Pawtucket Red Sox from Coca-Cola Field. PawSox centerfielder Josh Reddick had five hits, and helped his team pull away late from the Bisons.

The Herd faced a 4-0 deficit in the eight inning when Luis Hernandez singled and Andy Green drew a one-out walk. Then with two outs, Nick Evans breathed live into the team with a two-run double off the left field wall. Kirk Nieuwenhuis followed with a bloop double down the left field line, bringing Buffalo to within 4-3.

The Bisons then loaded the bases as former Herd hurler, Fernando Cabrera, came in and walked Valentino Pascucci and Russ Adams. Cabrera rebounded, however, to get Mike Cervenak to fly out to end the game.

Pawtucket added insurance with three more runs in the top of the ninth inning. Reddick, who homered earlier in the game, drove in the final run for the PawSox on his fifth hit of the game.

The Bisons did have chances to get on the scoreboard earlier in the game but ran themselves into a couple of unnecessary outs. Lucas Duda led off the fourth inning with a double, but was thrown out trying to advance to third base on Evans grounder.

Green led off the sixth inning with a triple into the right field corner. He was thrown out trying to tag and score on Duda’s fly ball.

Michael Antonini took the loss for Buffalo. The southpaw allowed four runs in eight innings of work.

The Herd and PawSox will close out their six-game in five-day series on Wednesday night with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch from Coca-Cola Field. The first 4,000 fans through the Swan St. Gate (opens at 6pm) will receive a Fernando Martinez Bobble Head, courtesy of NAPA Auto Parts.

BISONS NOTES: J.R. House lost his 10-game hit streak. The Bisons’ catcher was 0-3 with a walk on Tuesday night…Russ Adams reached base all four times he came to the plate. He was 2-2 with a walk and a hit by pitch.

News & Notes: Game 129

Buffalo Bisons
70-58, 2nd(-6.5)
LHP Michael Antonini 1-1, 4.50

Pawtucket Red Sox
56-74, 4th(-21.5)
RHP Adam Mills (2-9, 5.31)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Coca-Cola Field – Buffalo, NY

Radio: WWKB AM 1520,

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons host the Pawtucket Red Sox in the fifth game of a six-game in five-day series at Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd evened the series at 2-2 with a 12-4 victory last night. The Bisons are now 41-24 (.631) at home and 37-27 (.578) against IL North opponents. After this series the Herd starts a five-game roadtrip on Thursday in Syracuse.

WILD RACE: With last night’s win, the Bisons kept pace with the Clippers in the IL Wild Card race. Buffalo is two games behind Columbus, as the Clippers beat Toledo on Monday, 4-3. Louisville also won last night, to stay a half game up on Columbus in the IL West division race.

vs. PAWSOX: The Bisons are 8-6 against Pawtucket this season. With last night’s win, the Herd is now 8-3 in its last 11 home games against the PawSox. The Bisons are hitting .300 with 72 runs scored (5.1/game) against Pawtucket this season, led by INF RUSS ADAMS (.440, 11-25, 2HR, 8RBI), OF LUCAS DUDA (.367, 11-30, 2HR, 8RBI) and INF MIKE CERVENAK (.340, 17-50, 1HR, 5RBI).

HOT HITTER: INF RUSS ADAMS hit two home runs last night for the second time this season. Adams also went deep twice on June 28 in Charlotte. In 12 games since August 2, he has 12 extra-base hits and a 1.108 slugging percentage. His 26 doubles and 41 extra-base hits for the season lead all Bisons.

WELL CERVED: INF MIKE CERVENAK had two doubles and three runs scored in last night’s contest. The veteran is hitting .333 (20-60) in August, with six doubles, two home runs, nine RBI and 13 runs scored in 17 games. Cervenak leads all Bisons players with 95 games played and is second with 24 doubles.

MY HOUSE: C J.R. HOUSE is the seventh Bisons player to reach 10 games with a hit streak this season. House enters tonight’s game with a .333 (13-39) average, two home runs and nine RBI in his 10-game stretch. House has also driven in a run in each of his last five games.

DOMINATING: LHP MIKE O’CONNOR has been spectacular of late. The reliever has tossed 13.0 consecutive innings of scoreless relief for the Herd over his last six-plus outings. The southpaw has 61 strikeouts in 61.0 innings this season and 15 punchouts in his last 8.2 innings of work.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (62-62) begin a six-game homestand tonight with the first game of a three-game series against the Florida Marlins (7:10 p.m.). Tonight’s game features a great pitching match-up as former Bisons RHP R.A. DICKEY (8-5) is slated to go against the Fish’s RHP Josh Johnson (11-5).

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Bisons offense explodes

After arguably the toughest day of the 2010 season, the Bisons bounced back with a big victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox on Monday night from Coca-Cola Field.

Russ Adams crushed a pair of home runs and Dillon Gee struck out six more batters as the Herd ripped the PawSox for a 12-4 victory. Every player in the Herd lineup collected a hit as the team put Sunday’s doubleheader loss very far behind them.

Playing without Justin Turner or Fernando Martinez, Buffalo’s lineup didn’t skip a beat. The Herd pounded out 15 hits in all, including eight for extra-bases, and batted around in consecutive innings. The bottom three in the club’s order, Mike Cervenak, Adams and J.R. House, combined to go 6-14 with five RBI and six runs scored.

In a night full of big hits, Adams had the two biggest. The right fielder hit a two-run homer down the right field line as part of a four-run Bisons rally in the sixth inning. A frame later, he blasted a second two-run shot to deep centerfield to key another four-run outburst for the Herd.

Adams now has 12 extra-base hits in his last 12 games, including six home runs. Since August 2, the right fielder has posted an impressive 1.108 slugging percentage.

The rest of the Bisons order followed Adams’ lead as all nine batters collected a hit and eight of the nine scored a run. Buffalo plated two in the first inning after a two-out fielding error by PawSox third baseman Jorge Jimenez.

The Herd increased its lead to 4-1 in the fourth thanks to a passed ball and a sacrifice fly from House. The team then batted around in the sixth and seventh innings for the blow out win

That was more than enough for Dillon Gee to earn his team-leading 13th win of the season. Gee gave up four runs in 6.2 innings of work and increased his Triple-A leading strikeout total to an even 150.

Gee is now tied with Durham’s Richard De Los Santos for the most in the International League. The total is also the most by a Bisons pitcher since Jason Jacome colleted 14 wins in 1998.

BISONS NOTES: The Bisons had six doubles in the game, including two from Mike Cervenak…Buffalo did not gain any ground in the IL playoff chase as both Columbus and Louisville collected wins on Monday night…The 12 runs by the Bisons match a season-high for the Herd. They scored 12 runs in five other games, most recently in a 12-4 win over Rochester on July 2.

News & Notes: Game 128

Buffalo Bisons
69-58, 2nd(-7.0)
RHP Dillon Gee 12-7, 4.84

Pawtucket Red Sox
56-73, 4th(-21.0)
LHP Kris Johnson 4-12, 5.43

Monday, August 23, 2010
Coca-Cola Field – Buffalo, NY

TV: SportsNet New York (SNY)
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet 13
Radio: WWKB AM 1520,

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons host the Pawtucket Red Sox in the fourth game of a six-game in five-day series at Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). After the Herd won the series opener on Saturday, the PawSox swept Sunday’s doubleheader for the 2-1 series lead. After this series the Herd starts a five-game road trip stopping in Syracuse and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

WILD RACE: The Bisons lost half-a game yesterday in the IL Wild Card race and are now 2.0 games back of Columbus. The Louisville Bats are just a half-game up on the Clippers for first place in the IL West division. Buffalo has 17 games left, while Columbus has just 15 contests to play.

vs. PAWSOX: The Bisons are 7-6 against Pawtucket this season. Even with yesterday’s doubleheader, the Herd is 7-3 in their last 10 home games against the PawSox. The Bisons are 36-27 (.587) against IL North foes this year.

STRIKEOUT KING: RHP DILLON GEE gets his first start since becoming the new Buffalo Bisons’ single-season strikeout king. On August 18, Gee fanned eight Red Wings batters to give him 144 strikeouts on the season. The righty surpassed the previous Bisons record of 137 set by RHP Vicente Palacios in 1990. Gee’s 144 punchouts are 14 more than any other pitcher at the Triple-A level this season. Overall, Gee is 12-7 this year with a 4.84ERA. Gee is 3-0 in his last four starts at home with 30 strikeouts.

HOT HITTER: INF RUSS ADAMS has ten extra-base hits in his last eleven games including two of them in yesterday’s doubleheader. Since August 2, Adams has hit .424 (14-33) with five doubles, a triple, four home runs, 13RBI and a 1.000 slugging pct. For the year, Adams has three more doubles than any Bison and is second to only former INF Mike Jacobs with 39 extra-base hits.

BISONS BITS: C J.R. HOUSE enters tonight’s game with a nine-game hit streak, the longest active streak for a Bisons hitter. During the streak, the catcher is 12-35 (.343) with four runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI…INF RUSS ADAMS hit in both games yesterday to extend his seven game hit streak…LHP MIKE O’CONNOR has 16 strikeouts in 9.2 scoreless innings of relief against the PawSox this season.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (62-62) are back to .500 as they lost to the Pirates yesterday, 2-1. RHP JOHAN SANTANA tossed eight strong innings and allowed just two runs as the hard-luck loser. INF JOSE REYES went 2-4 with a run scored. The Mets have an off-day today as they get ready for a six-game homestand that begins on Tuesday night against the Florida Marlins (7:10 p.m.).

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Bisons drop double-dip

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.