On the mound, Nate Bump set the tone. The Lehigh Valley starter carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning before Kirk Nieuwenhuis doubled off the center field wall, just missing a homerun. Bump was just two over the minimun pitching into the seventh inning before the Bisons finally knocked the starter out of the game.
At the plate, Lehigh Valley did all the damage they needed in the first two innings to beat the Bisons 6-3.
After getting the lead-off batter in the first inning Bisons starter D.J. Carrasco gave up a single to short stop Kevin Frandsen. Carrasco nearly escaped the inning when Lehigh Valley center fielder Cory Sullivan hit a tailor made double-play ball. But Luis Hernandez’s throw to second pulled Ruben Tejada off the base, allowing both Lehigh Valley runners to reach safely.
Third baseman Ronnie Belliard hit a single off Carrasco with two outs plating two runs for Lehigh Valley. In the third Lehigh Valley added three more runs on a sac-fly and a two run double by Cory Sullivan.
With two outs in the seventh the Bisons threatened Lehigh Valley scoring two runs but stranding three. After Lehigh Valley starter Nate Bump got the first two batters Nick Evans singled to center-field. Jesus Feliciano singled into center and with two ducks on the pond Luis Hernandez hit a ground-rule double to center-field scoring Evans.
Lehigh Valley brought in reliever Michael Schwimer who walked Salomon Manriquez. Russ Adams pinch-hit for Casey Fossum, facing four straight balls one being a wild pitch that scored Jesus Feliciano. The inning ended with Tejada called out on a check-swing stifling the Bisons two out comeback.
Lehigh Valley loaded the bases with one out in the eighth inning, Matt Miller pinch hit for the pitcher and plated another run on a sac-fly to left-field taking a four run lead. With runners on second and third lead-off batter Josh Barfield struck out looking.
Bisons continued to threaten in the late innings, stranding two runners in the eighth inning. Down 6-2 in the ninth Manriquez drove a no-doubt homerun over the wall to bring the Bisons within three, but in the end it wasn’t enough.
TO SUM IT UP: Lehigh Valley starter Nate Bump carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning and went just two over the minimum in 6.2IP to lead the IronPigs in a 6-3 win… Bump’s no-no went into the fifth before Kirk Nieuwenhuis drove the ball deep just missing a homerun… Making his first start since being optioned, DJ Carrasco pitched three innings (pitches: 57/36)… Carrasco: 3IP, 5R/3ER, 2K, 2HBP.
FAST FACTS: : Solomon Manriquez hit his first HR as a Bison… Casey Fossum is batting 1.000 after getting a base hit during his first at-bat of the season, in relief Fossum struck out the side in the sixth inning, notching a total of five strikeout… Dating back to 2009, the Bisons lost to Lehigh Valley starter Nate Bump for the first time making them 1-2 when facing Bump…
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Saturday, April 30, 2011 (6:35 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Park
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (10-13, T4th(-4.5), North)
RHP D.J. Carrasco (0-0, 0.00)
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (11-11, 3rd(-3.0), North)
RHP Nate Bump (0-1, 5.49)
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons are in the Lehigh Valley for the first game of a four-game series against the IronPigs from Coca-Cola Park (6:35 p.m.). The Herd is coming off a four-game split in Rochester against the Red Wings. Following this series, the Bisons will return home to host their first non-divisional opponent of the year, the Louisville Bats from May 5-8.
VS. IRONPIGS: The Bisons are 2-2 against the IronPigs this year as the teams split a four-game set at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, April 22-25. The Herd was 5-3 in Lehigh Valley last year, thanks in large part to a two-game sweep, August 9-10. The Bisons have not won a four-game set at Coca-Cola Park in the three years of the IronPigs existence.
HEY MR. D.J.: RHP D.J. CARRASCO will make his first start as a Bisons pitcher today. The 34-year old pitched an inning of shutout relief on Tuesday in Rochester in his Herd debut. Carrasco was 0-1 with a 5.91ERA in eight games with the Mets before being optioned to Buffalo. One of those outings was a start as the righty worked 3.2 innings in Atlanta (4H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 2K).
ZIPPIDY DUDA: OF LUCAS DUDA has five extra-base hits in his last five games, including a pair of home runs. The slugger had just one double and one homer in his first 13 games of the season.
BULLY FOR THE PEN: The Bisons bullpen came through again last night with five shutout innings. LHP MIKE O’CONNOR threw three frames for the win while RHP DALE THAYER worked the final two for his first save of the season. So far this year, Herd relievers have posted a 2.79ERA with only 69 hits allowed in 80.2 innings of work.
HIT MACHINE: OF JESUS FELICIANO is starting to heat up at the plate. The outfielder has five hits in his last three games, including two doubles and two RBI. Feliciano had just two hits in his first six games of the season. He has averaged .311 and .339 in his past two seasons in Buffalo. His .320 average in 228 career games with the Bisons is the second-highest average in the team’s modern era (OF Dave Clark, .327).
METS UPDATE: The Mets (11-15) lost to the Phillies by a 10-3 score on Friday night. Former Bisons INF IKE DAVIS and OF JASON PRIDIE hit home runs in the loss as INF Ryan Howard had two home runs of his own, including a grand slam off RHP DILLON GEE. The Mets take on the Phillies again today at 1:10 p.m.
The big bat of Lucas Duda came through in the clutch for the Buffalo Bisons.
The Herd’s 2010 Most Valuable Player had the biggest hit on Friday night in Rochester with an eighth-inning home run in a 3-2 Bisons win over Rochester at Frontier Field.
Duda’s second blast on the season broke a 2-2 tie and gave Buffalo a split of a four-game series with the Red Wings.
It was only a matter of time until Duda’s powerful swing had an impact on this Bisons’ season. After 42 extra-base hits in 70 games with the team in 2010, the 25-year old slugger had just one double and no home runs in his first 17 games with Buffalo in 2011.
Duda doubled in his first at-bat on Friday, driving a Yorman Bazardo pitch over the head of the speedy Ben Revere and scoring Kirk Nieuwenhuis for the game’s first run. Duda then scored on single from Valentino Pascucci for a 2-0 edge.
Rochester tied it at two in the first inning and the game stayed locked up until the eighth. Duda led off the inning by taking a 1-2 pitch to deep centerfield for the game winning run.
Duda now has three doubles and two home runs in his last five games.
Jenrry Mejia started for Buffalo but could only get through four innings of work. He used 39 of his 81 pitches in the first inning as the Red Wings scored their only two runs of the game.
Mike O’Connor earned the win with three innings of work. Dale Thayer worked the eighth and ninth inning for his first save of the season.
The Bisons will now travel to Lehigh Valley for a four-game series against the IronPigs.
BISONS NOTES: Statistically ranked 14th of 14 teams in defense, the Bisons played errorless baseball in three of the four games in their series against Rochester…Jesus Feliciano finished the game 2-4…Catcher Ronny Paulino was activated by the Mets off his mlb injury rehab assignment with the Bisons. Paulino played seven games with Buffalo.
TO SUM IT UP: Lucas Duda drove in two runs, including a go-ahead eighth inning HR to help the Bisons win, 3-2, and earn a split in Rochester… Duda had an RBI double in the first to put the Herd ahead 2-0 early… Jenrry Mejia fought fridgid temps early, using 39 first inning pitches, 81 in all over his four innings of work.
FAST FACTS: Duda’s HR was the second of the series and year… Duda has hits in four of the last five gaems… Ruben Tejada is 5 for his last 9 at the plate… Dale Thayer earned his first save of the season… Jesus Feliciano has hit in three straight games (5-11)… Kirk Nieuwenhuis has reached base in 20 of Buffalo’s 23 games…
WHAT’S NEXT: DJ Carrasco will make his first start for the Bisons to open a four game series in Allentown, PA agasint the IronPigs, Saturday 6:35 pm.
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|Feliciano, J, RF||4||0||2||0||0||1||3||.250|
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|Adams, R, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.182|
|Chavez, R, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.075|
2B: Duda (4, Bazardo).
HR: Duda (2, 8th inning off Slama, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Tejada; Nieuwenhuis; Duda 6; Pascucci; Feliciano, J 2.
RBI: Duda 2 (5), Pascucci (4).
2-out RBI: Duda; Pascucci.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hernandez, Lu 2; Pascucci; Martinez, F; Chavez, R.
GIDP: Feliciano, J.
Team RISP: 2-for-10.
Team LOB: 9.