August 2010

News & Notes: Game 126 & 127

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Buffalo Bisons
69-56, 2nd(-6.0)
RHP Josh Stinson (NR)
LHP Adam Pettyjohn 2-3, 5.14

Pawtucket Red Sox
54-73, 4th(-22.0)
RHP Ramon Ramirez 3-4, 5.45
RHP Robert Coello 3-5, 4.37

Sunday, August 22, 2010
Coca-Cola Field – Buffalo, NY

Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Bisons host the Pawtucket Red Sox in a doubleheader that’s part of a six-game in five-day series at Coca-Cola Field (1:05 p.m.). The Herd struck first in the series with a 5-4 victory last night. The teams could only play one game of a scheduled doubleheader because of rain. The Bisons are 4-0 on their current homestand

RED HOT HERD: The Bisons have won 17 of their last 20 games for a .850 winning percentage since July 30. The Herd has also won 11 of its last 12 games at Coca-Cola Field, including eight straight going into today’s game. Buffalo is now 13 games above .500 for the first time since July 13, 2007 (51-38).

WILD RACE: The Bisons gained a half game last night in the IL Wild Card race and are now just 1.5 games back of Columbus. The Louisville Bats have surpassed the Clippers for first place in the IL West division. Buffalo has 19 games left, while Columbus has just 16 contests to play.

vs. PAWSOX: The Bisons are 7-4 against Pawtucket this season, including a perfect 3-0 against the PawSox at Coca-Cola Field. Dating back to last season, the Herd is 7-1 against Pawtucket at home. The Bisons have a 36-25 (.590) record against IL North opponents this year.

HOT HITTER: INF RUSS ADAMS has eight extra-base hits in his last nine games. Since August 2, Adams has hit .429 (12-28) with four doubles, four home runs, 11RBI and a 1.000 slugging pct. Adams is now third on the Bisons club with 45RBI on the season.

NEW PITCHER: RHP JOSH STINSON will make his Triple-A debut today for the Herd. The righty is just up from Double-A Binghamton where he was 9-3 with a 4.24ERA in 32 games and 14 starts. As a starter this season, the 22-year old was 7-2 with a 4.82ERA. He was 7-0 in his first 12 starts before losing his last two outings with Binghamton.

BISONS BITS: LHP ADAM PETTYJOHN was 2-5 with a 3.76ERA in eight starts for the Bisons last season…The Bisons earned their 40th win at home last night…LHP MIKE O’CONNOR has 16 strikeouts in 9.2 scoreless innings of relief against the PawSox this season.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (62-61) defeated the Pirates, 5-1, in a rain-shortened affair last night. Former Bisons LHP JON NIESE allowed one run in five innings for the complete-game victory. INF DAVID WRIGHT homered and drove in three. New York looks for the three-game sweep of the Pirates today at 1:35 p.m.

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Advance Scout: Pawtucket Red Sox

The Bisons host the Pawtucket Red Sox in a six-game in five-day series at Coca-Cola Field. The Herd is coming off a three-game sweep of the Rochester Red Wings at home with all three games decided in Buffalo’s final at-bat.

The Bisons have won 16 of their last 19 games for a .842 winning percentage since July 30. The Herd has also won 13 of its last 14 games at Coca-Cola Field, including seven straight going into tonight’s game. Buffalo is now 12 games above .500 for the first time since July 14, 2007 (51-39).

vs. PAWSOX: The Bisons are 6-4 against Pawtucket this season. The teams split a four-game set at McCoy Stadium, August 13-16. The PawSox are visiting Coca-Cola Field for the first time since the Bisons first home series of the season. The Herd swept the two-game, rain-shortened series, April 14-15.

Season-Low – Pawtucket’s season record presently stands at 54-72 which marks a season-low of 18-games under .500 for the first time since they ended last season with a 61-82 record. Pawtucket had not been more than 9-games below .500 all season prior to July 20.

Wait ’til Next Year – Pawtucket’s loss Thursday night coupled with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s victory in Columbus officially eliminated the PawSox from any contention in the IL North division. The PawSox have now gone 7 years without a division title since winning the IL North in 2003. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, meanwhile, is closing in on an unprecedented 5th straight IL North pennant (2006 as a Phillies affiliate and 2007-2009 as a Yankee affiliate). The PawSox Tragic Number to be eliminated from the wild card race is down to 2 as any combination of PawSox losses and Louisville wins totaling 2 will keep the PawSox out of the post-season for the second year in a row (the Sox last made the playoffs in 2008). The Sox are a season-high 21-games out in the IL North. Buffalo, meanwhile, is -6 GB of 1st-palce Scranton/WB but only -2 GB of current wild card leader Louisville.

Five and Ten – The PawSox are batting just .219 in their last 5 games (33-for-151) with only 14 runs scored as they have been held to 3 runs or less in 5 of their last 6 games. Pawtucket is hitting .238 in their last 10 games (76-for-319) with 7 HR & 34 runs scored. Sox pitchers are 4-6 with a 4.55 ERA in their last 10 games (44 ER in 87 IP).

Road Woes – Pawtucket has won 3 of their last 6 road games but they have struggled pretty much all season away from home. The Sox have lost 10 of 14 on the road, 17 of 25, and 30 of their last 43 away games since May 19. The PawSox have a 20-40 road record (worst in the league) – currently matching their season-high of 20-games below .500 on the road from July 28. The Sox have 12 road games remaining including tonight’s make-up doubleheader in Buffalo.

Rankings – Pawtucket is presently 13th in the International League with a Team ERA of 4.58 (it was 5.52 on May 2 which was their season-high). The PawSox are 12th (after being last for much of July) in Team Batting at .251 after peaking at .261 on May 18. Pawtucket’s .253 average on August 13 & 14 matched their highest since May 23 also at .253. They were as low as .241 on June 13 which was their lowest since the 4th game of the season (April 11 at .239).

Delgado to DL -1B Carlos Delgado has been placed on the 7-day disabled list (retroactive to August 18) with lower back stiffness. RHP T.J. Large has been activated from the disabled list. Large was placed on the PawSox DL on June 30 (retro to June 28) with a right lat strain. He has been rehabbing with the Gulf Coast Rookie Red Sox since July 21 and in 9 RA there went 0-0 with 1 SV and a 2.40 ERA – 15 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 12 SO. He is 3-1 with a 6.91 ERA in 16 games (15 RA) for the PawSox but has not pitched for Pawtucket since June 25 in Syracuse.

Looking back at the Bisons & Red Sox season-series:
4/14/10: BUF 8, PAW 2
GAME RECAP: Home Opener for Bisons

4/15/10: BUF 3, PAW 2
GAME RECAP: Herd rallies when Dice-K exits

4/23/10: PAW 5, BUF 3
GAME RECAP: PawSox push past Bisons

4/24/10: BUF 4, PAW 2
GAME RECAP: Dickey, Bisons win

4/25/10: BUF 10, PAW 3
GAME RECAP: Jacobs & bats never let up

4/26/10: PAW 5, BUF 1
GAME RECAP: Bisons fall in finale

8/13/10: BUF 9, PAW 4
GAME RECAP: Gee wins 12th, Bisons win 8-straight

8/14/10: PAW 6, BUF 4
GAME RECAP: Win streak stopped by PawSox

8/15/10:PAW 3, BUF 1
GAME RECAP: PawSox pass Bisons

8/16/10: BUF 5, PAW 3
GAME RECAP: Bisons push past PawSox

News & Notes: Game 125 & 126

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Buffalo Bisons
68-56, 2nd(-6.0)
G1: RHP Fernando Nieve 2-0, 4.19
G2: LHP Adam Pettyjohn 2-3, 5.14

Pawtucket Red Sox
54-72, 4th(-21.0)
G1: LHP Fabio Castro 5-8, 4.87
G2: TBA

Saturday, August 21, 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 first two games of a six-game in five-day series at Coca-Cola Field (5:35 p.m.). This is the Bisons first doubleheader of the 2010 season. The Herd is coming off a three-game sweep of the Rochester Red Wings at home with all three games decided in Buffalo’s final at-bat.

RED HOT HERD: The Bisons have won 16 of their last 19 games for a .842 winning percentage since July 30. The Herd has also won 13 of its last 14 games at Coca-Cola Field, including seven straight going into tonight’s game. Buffalo is now 12 games above .500 for the first time since July 14, 2007 (51-39).

WILD RACE: The Bisons finally gained some ground in the IL Wild Card race. The Herd trails Louisville by just two games after the Bats fell to Syracuse on Friday night, 8-1. The Bisons have three more games (21) than Louisville (18) on the schedule, with one of their three doubleheaders tonight.

vs. PAWSOX: The Bisons are 6-4 against Pawtucket this season. The teams split a four-game set at McCoy Stadium, August 13-16. The PawSox are visiting Coca-Cola Field for the first time since the Bisons first home series of the season. The Herd swept the two-game, rain-shortened series, April 14-15.

HOT HITTER: INF RUSS ADAMS has eight extra-base hits in his last nine games. Since August 2, Adams has hit .429 (12-28) with four doubles, four home runs, 11RBI and a 1.000 slugging pct. Adams is now third on the Bisons club with 45RBI on the season.

LUCKY CHARM: RHP FERNANDO NIEVE is 2-0 in four starts with the Herd this season. With his time in 2009, Nieve is now 4-0 with a 3.92ERA in eight career starts in a Bisons uniform. He won his Herd debut, May 18, 2009 in Pawtucket (6.0IP, 3ER, 7K). Buffalo is 7-1 with Nieve pitches since last year.

BISONS BITS: LHP ADAM PETTYJOHN was 2-5 with a 3.76ERA in eight starts for the Bisons last season…This is the Herd’s first doubleheader since September 4, 2009 when they lost a pair in Lehigh Valley…With 39 home wins, the Bisons are one victory shy of reaching 40 wins at Coca-Cola Field for the first time since 2006 when they were 43-29.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (61-61) earned the 7-1 victory over the Pirates last night. Former Bisons OF CHRIS CARTER went 2-4 with a home run and two RBI. RHP MIKE PELFREY tossed eight solid innings to improve to 12-7 on the season. New York takes on Pittsburgh again tonight with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

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Bisons sweep Red Wings

It may not have been a walk off, but the Bisons used some late inning heroics again to beat the Red Wings tonight 7-3 in front of 16,454 fans at Coca-Cola Field.

Heading into the bottom of the eighth with the game tied at two, the Red Wings committed two errors on consecutive at-bats that led to the Bisons scoring five unearned runs and giving them the sweep of Rochester.

With Jesus Feliciano and Lucas Duda on base with two outs, Fernando Martinez, fresh off a minor stint with the Mets had the chance to put his team ahead. F-Mart hit a sharp liner that looked like it was going to get through and out to right field until Rochester second baseman Matt Macri made an impressive stab at the ball and stopped it right in its tracks.

As Macri rose to his feet he bobbled the ball with Feliciano flying around third and towards home. Macri tried to make the play at the plate but Feliciano slid underneath the tag of Danny Lehmann and got the go-ahead run, putting the Herd up 3-2.

In the following at-bat Mike Cervenak grounded back to the pitcher Rob Delaney. Delaney then threw the ball out of the reach of his first baseman Dustin Martin, allowing Duda to score and putting F-Mart on third. Russ Adams then put the game away as he hit his 11th home run of the year, also his second in three days, making the score 7-2.

The Bisons were kept in the game early by a terrific start from Raul Valdes. Making his fourth start of the year, Valdes threw his first quality start of the season by going for seven innings and only giving up two runs off of six hits while striking out seven.

After Valdes’ exit the Bisons bullpen continued their phenomenal month of August with two scoreless innings of relief between Chad Cordero and Yhency Brazoban. So far this month the bullpen for the Herd has tossed 56.2 innings and has a combined record of 5-0 with 56 strikeouts.

With the victory Buffalo continued their strong push towards the postseason. The Bisons have now won four straight, and 15 of their last 18 games. They also completed the season a perfect 9-0 on Friday nights and swept the Red Wings, their sixth sweep of the season. Also with Louisville losing 8-1 to Syracuse tonight the Bisons are now only two games behind the Bats for the lone Wild Card spot.

BISONS NOTES: Nick Evans hit his third home run of the season back in the fourth inning that gave the Bisons the first lead of the game. The Herd now has a rare and crucial six-game series with the Pawtucket Red Sox this weekend, including a double-header tomorrow. The Bisons will send Fernando Nieve (2-0, 4.19 ERA) to the mound to take on Fabio Castro (5-8, 4.87 ERA) to start of the set.

News & Notes: Game 124

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Buffalo Bisons
67-56, 2nd(-6.0)
LHP Raul Valdes 1-1, 1.88

Rochester Red Wings
47-79, 6th(-27.5)
RHP Mat Fox 6-8, 4.23

Friday, August 20, 2010
Coca-Cola Field – Buffalo, NY

TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet 13
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, WGR Sportsradio 550, bisons.com

TODAY’S GAME: This evening, the Bisons take on the Rochester Red Wings in the final game of a three-game set from Coca-Cola Field (7:35 p.m.). The Herd rallied yesterday in the ninth inning for a 4-3 win to earn their second consecutive walk-off victory. After this series, the Bisons host Pawtucket for six-game in five-day series that starts with a doubleheader on Saturday.

COPYBATS: The Bisons did not gain any ground in the IL playoff race last night as Louisville won again. The Bats beat Syracuse, 6-2. The Bisons trail Louisville by three games in the IL Wild Card Race.

RED HOT HERD: The Bisons have won 15 of their last 18 games for a .833 winning percentage since July 30. The Herd has also won 12 of its last 13 games at Coca-Cola Field, including six straight going into tonight’s game. Buffalo is now 11 games above .500 for the first time since August 27, 2007 (73-62).

THRUWAY CUP: The Bisons are 8-5 against the Red Wings this season, including a 4-3 mark at home. Buffalo is now 13-12 in the Thruway Series, 4.5 games behind Syracuse (17-7) and six ahead of Rochester (7-18). There are 11 Thruway Series games left in 2010, with the Bisons playing in seven of them.

DRAMA: Yesterday’s victory was Buffalo’s 11th walk-off win and 31st comeback win of the season. It was also the second time the Herd has walked off in back-to-back games this season. The Bisons beat Gwinnett on July 16 on a OF JESUS FELICIANO RBI-single in the 11th and defeated the Braves again on July 17 in the ninth on a OF JORGE PADILLA sacrifice fly.

THAT’S A RELIEF: The Bisons’ bullpen has been phenomenal in the month of August. In 54.2 innings of work, the relievers are 4-0 with three saves, 54 strikeouts and a 1.65ERA. In 12 appearances, LHP MIKE O’CONNOR has thrown 12.0 innings with a 1.50ERA, a win, and 15Ks in August. In seven appearances, RHP JOSE DE LA TORRE has tossed 10.2 innings and posted two wins, a 0.84ERA and a .111 opponent batting average this month.

TGIF: Tonight is Buffalo’s final fridaynightbash! of the season. The Herd is undefeated (8-0) on Friday nights at Coca-Cola Field in 2010, outscoring their opponents, 71-35. The Bisons were only 4-9 last year on Fridays at home.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (60-61) lost in Houston, 3-2, last night. Former Bisons LHP PAT MISCH allowed three runs in six plus innings of work in the loss. The Mets are still 8.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL Wild Card race. New York will travel to Pittsburgh to play the first of three against the Pirates tonight at 7:05 p.m.

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