The Memphis Cardinals (Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals) defeated the Buffalo Bisons, 7-3, Friday afternoon from the spring training home of the New York Mets. The Bisons are now 0-2 in the first two games of a 13-game spring training schedule.
The Bisons will hold a ‘camp day’ on Saturday before traveling to Jupiter, FL to face the New Orleans Zephyrs on Sunday.
For the second straight game, OF VALENTINO PASCUCCI and OF FERNANDO MARTINEZ provided the offense for the Herd. Each finished the game 1-3 with a run driven in.
On the mound, RHP DYLAN OWEN tossed a pair of scoreless innings with one strikeout.
There are just 20 days until the Bisons’ 2011 Home Opener on Thursday, April 7 against the Syracuse Chiefs (3:05 p.m.). Tickets are now on-sale at bisons.com or by calling THE-HERD at (843-4373).
The New York Mets optioned RHP DILLION GEE to minor league camp. The club also re-assigned seven players to minor league camp, including INF RUSS ADAMS, OF JASON PRIDIE and RHP RYOTA IGARASHI -all of which spent significant time with the Bisons a season ago.
Also re-assigned today were RHP BOOF BONSOR, LHP TAYLOR TANKERSLEY, C DUSTY RYAN and C RAUL CHAVEZ.
Gee, 24, was the Mets 2010 Sterling Award winner as the organization’s top Triple-A player. With the Herd, the righty was 13-8 with a 4.96ERA and a Bisons modern era single-season record 165 strikeouts (161.1IP, 89ER). Gee’s strikeout total was 28 more than the previous record of 137 set by RHP Vicente Palacios in 1990.
Gee’s 165 strikeouts were 23 more than any other pitcher at the Triple-A level in 2010. He also finished second in the International League with his 13 wins. After the conclusion of the Bisons’ season, Gee was promoted to the Mets where he was 2-2 with a 2.18ERA in five starts.
Adams, 30, spent the entire 2010 season with the Bisons and led the club with 28 doubles, 46 extra-base hits, 58RBI and 58 runs scored. In 108 games, Adams hit .264 (101-383) with 16 home runs while splitting time in the infield and the outfield.
Pridie, 27, played 40 games with the Bisons in 2010 until a pair of hamstring injuries shortened his season. The outfielder hit .280 (46-164) with three home runs, 19RBI and nine stolen bases.
Igarashi, 31, made 15 appearances with the Herd last season, posting a 2-1 record and two saves with a 3.31ERA (16.1IP, 6ER).
The Buffalo Bisons were defeated today, 5-4, by the New Orleans Zephyrs (Triple-A affiliate of the Florida Marlins) in their 2011 Spring Training Opener.
On the mound, RHP JOSH STINSON tossed three scoreless innings for Buffalo. The 23-year old was 2-2 with a 2.57ERA in four starts with the Herd a season ago.
OF VALENTINO PASCUCCI was 1-2 with an RBI while OF FERNANDO MARTINEZ finished the game 1-3. Pascucci clubbed 17 homers with the Bisons a season ago while Martinez has 20 home runs over parts of two seasons with the Herd.
There are just 21 days until the Bisons’ 2011 Home Opener on Thursday, April 7 against the Syracuse Chiefs (3:05 p.m.). Tickets are now on-sale at bisons.com or by calling THE-HERD at (843-4373).
The Bisons will play 13 games this spring before breaking camp and heading up to Buffalo for the start of the 126th season of professional baseball in Buffalo.
The Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, announced their television schedule that will include the live broadcast of 51 games during the 2011 season. All 51 games on the schedule will be shown on Time Warner Cable SportsNet – Channel 13. The schedule begins with Opening Day, Thursday, April 7 against the Syracuse Chiefs (3:05 p.m.).
The slate of games also includes five games on SNY, the official television home of the New York Mets, Jets and the Big East Conference.
SNY will begin their five-game Bisons schedule on Thursday, May 12 against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (1:05 p.m.). The television home of the Mets will also show the Herd on May 23 (Charlotte), June 27 (Norfolk), July 14 (Rochester) and August 18 (Toledo).
All games played at Coca-Cola Field will feature the play-by-play of “The Voice of the Bisons,” Ben Wagner and the color commentary of Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer, Duke McGuire. Road games will be commentated on by the respecting home team’s announcers.
Highlights of the schedule include five games against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees (May 10, 12, July 26-28) and two games against the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, the Pawtucket Red Sox (April 12, July 25). The Bisons annual Independence Eve Celebration on July 3 against Syracuse is on also the schedule. The 49-game schedule includes 12 of the International League’s 14 teams.
Former Bisons pitcher Jon Niese is back healthy and ready to contribute to the Mets starting rotation. The southpaw talks about his road back to the mound.