September 5th, 2010

Bisons win in extra session

If the final week of this season is an audition for Zach Lutz, Sunday night will go a long way to passing the Triple-A test.

Lutz doubled twice against the Red Wings with the second driving home a pair of runs in the 10th inning of a 6-4 victory over Rochester at Frontier Field.

The 24-year old has now played four games with the Herd and already has four extra-base hits and six RBI.

The Bisons and Red Wings went into extra-inning after Rochester scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at four. Valentino Pascucci drew a one-out walk and moved to second base on a wild pitch from Cole DeVries. With a base open, DeVries gave a free pass to Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

That set the stage for Lutz, who doubled home both runners on the first pitch he saw from DeVries to give the Herd its 75th win of the season.

The Bisons used the longball to get on the board early. Pascucci hit a two-run shot in the first inning and Nieuwenhuis launched his second of the season in the sixth. With the score tied at three, Andy Green gave Buffalo the lead back with a solo shot in the seventh inning.

The win for Buffalo went to Mike O’Connor. The southpaw worked two innings to improve to 5-2 on the season.

The Bisons take on the Red Wings on Monday at 1:05 p.m. in the final game of the 2010 season.

BISONS NOTES: The New York Mets promoted INF Nick Evans and LHP Raul Valdes on Sunday…The Mets also announced that RHP Dillon Gee will start for New York on Tuesday in Washington. After striking out a Bisons modern era record 165 batters in 2010, Gee will be making his major league debut…Valentino Pascucci’s home run was his 17th of the season, one short of Mike Hessman’s team-high 18.

News & Notes: Game 143

Buffalo Bisons
74-68, 3rd(-12.5)
RHP Fernando Nieve 2-1, 5.77

Rochester Red Wings
49-93, 6th(-37.5)
RHP Steve Hirschfeld (NR)

Sunday, September 5, 2010
Frontier Field – Rochester, NY

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

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Rochester Red Wings in the first game of a two-game series from Frontier Field (7:05 p.m.). This is the Herd’s final series of the 2010 season. Buffalo is coming off a two-game split with the IronPigs in Lehigh Valley to begin their season-ending roadtrip. The Bisons are 32-38 away from Coca-Cola Field this season.

vs. WINGS: The Bisons are 9-5 against the Red Wings this season, including a 4-2 mark at Frontier Field. It’s the first time since 2007 that the Bisons have won the season series. The Herd has made three trips to Rochester this year. Buffalo split two against the Red Wings, April 21-22 and July 10-11. In the Bisons last visit, July 19-20, the Herd swept two with wins of 6-2 and 1-0.

TONIGHT’S STARTER: RHP FERNANDO NIEVE will start for the Bisons tonight. The righty lost his last start by allowing five runs in six innings on August 31 against Syracuse. It was Nieve’s first loss in 11 career starts with the Bisons. The righty is 2-1 in seven starts with the Herd this season, with back-to-back victories on August 11 in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and August 16 in Pawtucket. Nieve has worked six innings in four of his last five starts.

ENDING STRONG: OF JESUS FELICIANO enters tonight’s game with a six-game hit streak. Feliciano has hit .346 (9-26) with two RBI and two runs scored. It looks like the outfielder is going to fall short in his pursuit of an IL Batting Championship. Feliciano would need 25 plate appearances over the next two days to qualify. His .340 average in 88 games would fall one point under Gwinnett’s Barbaro Canizares (.341).

EVANS ALMIGHTY: INF NICK EVANS has reached base in 34 of the 37 games he’s played with the Bisons with a .314 batting average and a .385 on-base percentage. Evans also has 21 extra-base hits in those 37 games with 14 doubles, one triple and six home runs. Combined with his 88 games with Double-A Binghamton, Evans now has 58 extra-base hits on the season, including 23 home runs.

GO NORTH: The Bisons are going to finish the 2010 season with a winning record in the IL North Division. Buffalo is 41-27 against the North. The only team the Herd doesn’t have a winning record against is Syracuse (6-10).

METS UPDATE: The Mets (66-70) lost to the Cubs on Saturday by a 5-3 score. Former Bisons INF IKE DAVIS hit his 16th home run of the season in the loss. He finished the game 2-4. OF CAROS BELTRAN went 3-4 with an RBI. New York takes on the Cubs again this afternoon with a 1:20 p.m. first pitch from Wrigley Field

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Pigs pounce pen

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs used a three-run seventh inning rally to come from behind and upend the Buffalo Bisons, 4-3, in the final game of the 2010 series between the two IL North foes from Coca-Cola Park.

The Bisons jumped on top early with a two-run first inning. After a Jesus Feliciano double to lead off the game, Nick Evans drove him in on a double of his own. The next batter, Mike Cervenak, the got a base knock to send Evans home and put the Herd up 2-0.

Bisons starter Adam Pettyjohn kept the IronPigs off the board until his opposing pitcher Brian Mazone helped himself out with an RBI double in the fourth inning.

However, things fell apart for Buffalo in the bottom of the seventh frame, with newly promoted reliever Manuel Alvarez on the hill.

The big boppers of Lehigh Valley lit up the scoreboard with a three-run inning, including an RBI triple off the bat of Rich Thompson and a solo home run from John Mayberry Jr., his 15th long ball of the year. The IronPigs would go on for the 4-3 victory.

The Bisons will travel to Rochester for the final two games of the 2010 season starting tomorrow with a 7:05 p.m. start time from Frontier Field.

BISONS NOTES: With the loss the Bisons dropped to 10-6 in the season series with Lehigh Valley…Nick Evans had a big night at the plate in the loss going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI double…Sean Green threw two hitless innings of relief, including striking out three.