April 2011

Brown leads Rochester comeback

Matthew Brown’s fifth-inning home run completed a Red Wings’ comeback as Rochester defeated the Herd, 3-2 on Wednesday afternoon. The victory was the Wings’ first in their last six games against the Herd at Frontier Field.

The loss snapped a modest two-game win streak for the Bisons. Buffalo is now 9-12 on the season.

The Bisons led 2-0 after three and a half innings before Rochester first dented starter Josh Stinson in the fourth. Back-to-back walks by the Herd righty set the stage for RBI-singles from Ben Revere and former Bisons catcher Rene Rivera to tie the game.

Brown then clubbed his first home run of the season off Stinson with two outs in the fifth inning. Stinson is now 1-2 on the season after needing 95 pitches to get through five innings of work.

The Bisons best chance to tie the game came in the seventh inning. After Lucas Duda greeted Rochester reliever Anthony Slama with a single, Valentino Pascucci lined a double to right field. The Red Wings executed a perfect relay, and Brian Dinkleman’s toss to Rivera was in time to tag Duda out at the plate.

Buffalo had built a 2-0 lead with single runs in the third and fourth innings. Jesus Feliciano opened the scoring with an RBI-double. Duda added his first home run of the season with an opposite field shot off Wings starter Scott Diamond.

BISONS NOTES: Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 0-4 with a strikeout. That ends the outfielder’s 16-game hit streak as well as his 20-game on-base streak to start the season…After the top of the seventh inning, Tim Teufel was ejected by umpire Derek Crabill for arguing Duda’s play at the plate…Casey Fossum worked in relief for the first time this season. The southpaw tossed a pair of shutout innings.

Clipped by matinee

TO SUM IT UP: Matthew Brown’s fifth-inning home run completed a Red Wings’ comeback as Rochester defeated the Herd, 3-2 on Wednesday afternoon… Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 0-4 with a strikeout, that ends the outfielder’s 16-game hit streak as well as his 20-game on-base streak to start the season…

FAST FACTS: The victory was the Wings’ first in their last six games against the Herd at Frontier Field…  Luis Hernandez and Ruben Tejada each lost 6-game hit streaks… Ronny Paulino (DH) was 0-4 in his sixth game on rehab from New York… Lucas Duda (2-4) hit his first HR of the year… Jesus Feliciano (2-3) drove in his first RBI of the season – second game since returning from double-A… After the top of the seventh inning, Tim Teufel was ejected by umpire Derek Crabill for arguing Duda’s play at the plate…Casey Fossum worked in relief for the first time this season. The southpaw tossed a pair of shutout innings.

Buffalo AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Tejada, SS 3 0 0 0 1 2 1 .260
Nieuwenhuis, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .324
Paulino, R, DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .143
Duda, LF 4 1 2 1 0 1 0 .214
Evans, N, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .208
Pascucci, 1B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .212
  a-Martinez, F, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .333
Hernandez, Lu, 2B 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 .195
Feliciano, J, RF 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 .188
Chavez, R, C 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .083
Totals 30 2 5 2 2 6 9  
a-Struck out for Pascucci in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: Feliciano, J (1, Diamond, S), Pascucci (3, Slama).
HR: Duda (1, 4th inning off Diamond, S, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Duda 5; Pascucci 2; Feliciano, J 3.
RBI: Feliciano, J (2), Duda (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Nieuwenhuis; Hernandez, Lu; Paulino, R.
SAC: Chavez, R.
Team RISP: 0-for-6.
Team LOB: 4.

Buffalo IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Stinson (L, 1-2) 5.0 8 3 3 4 3 1 6.43
Fossum 2.0 2 0 0 2 1 0 4.67
Acosta 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3.86
 

News & Notes: Game 21

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 (11:35 a.m.) – Frontier Field
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet 13
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (9-11, 4th(-4.5), North)
RHP Josh Stinson (1-1, 7.00)

Rochester Red Wings (7-11, T5th(-5.5), North)
LHP Scott Diamond (0-1, 3.86)

TODAY’S GAME: This morning, the Bisons take on the Rochester Red Wings in the second game of a four-game series from Frontier Field (11:35 a.m.). The Bisons struck first in the series with last night’s 5-0 win. Today’s game is part of an eight-game roadtrip as the Herd will also travel to Lehigh Valley for a four-game set starting April 30.

VS. RED WINGS: The Bisons are 3-2 against the Red Wings this season. The teams split a four-game set at Coca-Cola Field, April 19-21. Dating back to last season, the Bisons have now won five straight over the Red Wings at Frontier Field. Since returning to the IL in 1998, the Herd has a 57-47 (.548) record at the home of its closest rival.

NOTHING NIEU: With home runs in back-to-back games, OF KIRK NIEUWENHUIS now has a 16-game hit streak. Since April 11, the outfielder has hit .382 (21-55) with eight doubles, three home runs and five RBI. Nieuwenhuis’s streak is six games longer than any streak in the IL this season. The outfielder is also the only player in the IL to have reached base in all of his team’s games. Nieuwenhuis has a .463 on-base percentage this year.

NICK, THE STICK: INF NICK EVANS had three extra-base hits against the Red Wings last night with two doubles and a home run. Evans also had a two-homer game against Rochester in the first game of a doubleheader on April 21. Five of his six extra-base hits on the year have come against the Wings.

ALSO STREAKING: INF LUIS HERNANDEZ has hit in six straight games. He has averaged .364 (8-22) with three runs and three RBI since April 21. INF RUBEN TEJADA also takes a six-game hit streak into today’s contest. Tejada has averaged .346 (9-26) with eight RBI in his solid stretch.

BISONS BITS: Today’s game is one of five morning starts for the Herd this season. The Bisons also have a 10:35 a.m. start in Lehigh Valley on this roadtrip, May 3…The Bisons are 2-4 on the road this season, but both road wins are shutouts. Buffalo blanked Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on April 13…The Mets announced that C RONNY PAULINO will play two more games with the Bisons on his assignment before being activated on Friday.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (10-13) won their fifth straight game with a 6-4 victory over the Nationals. Former Bisons C JOSH THOLE had three RBI while INF IKE DAVIS went 3-4 witha double and two runs scored. The win went to RHP RYOTA IGARASHI with RHP FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ earning his fifth save of the season.

Schwinden leads win

 In his first two Triple-A starts, Chris Schwinden allowed just one run in five innings of work. But after two strong efforts, the 24-year old Californian was still without a victory as a Bisons. So, on Tuesday in Rochester he made sure not to give up even a single run.

Schwinden struck out five and pitched shutout baseball into the sixth inning in the Herd’s 5-0 shutout victory over the Red Wings from Frontier Field. The righty allowed just five hits in collecting his first win at the Triple-A level.

Schwinden was promoted on April 16 from Binghamton. He worked two games in relief for the B-Mets, but with Pat Misch and Dillon Gee in the big leagues at the time and Boof Bonser out for the season, Schwinden was inserted into a depleted Bisons rotation. The move has certainly paid off.

On Tuesday, he threw 59 of his 85 pitches for strikes and walked just one batter. After benefitting from a big defensive play from the recently returned Jesus Feliciano, Schwinden didn’t allow another runner to reach third base.

The Bisons took a 1-0 first-inning lead on Fernando Martinez’s two-out double. In the bottom half of the frame, the Red Wings mounted their only true threat of the game. With two men on base, Rene Tosoni singled to right field. Feliciano, promoted Tuesday after an eight-game stint with the B-Mets, threw a strike to catcher Ronny Paulino to nail the speedy Ben Revere trying to score.

Schwinden then fanned Jeff Bailey to end the threat and cruised the rest of the way.

The Bisons got more offense from the usual places. Nick Evans had three hits, including a two-run home run in the seventh inning that gave Buffalo a 3-0 lead. Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered in the eighth to extend his hit streak to 16 games.

Martinez bookended the game with another RBI-double in the ninth inning for the 5-0 win.

Bisons post big win

TO SUM IT UP: Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered for the second straight day and Chris Schwinden worked into the sixth inning of a 5-0 victory over the Red Wings in Rochester. Schwinden struck out five and pitched shutout baseball into the sixth inning in the Herd’s victory at Frontier Field. The righty allowed just five hits in collecting his first win at the Triple-A level… Nick Evans had three hits, including a two-run home run in the seventh inning that gave Buffalo a 3-0 lead. Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered in the eighth to extend his hit streak to 16 games.

FAST FACTS: Kirk Niewenhuis set a new career high hit streak with his solo HR(4) in the 8th, now at 16G (.382, 21-55), he has also reached in 20 straight games (28 dating back to 2010)… At 16 games, Nieuwenhuis’s hit streak matches the 16-gamer compiled by Javier Castillo during the 2009 season. It’s now the longest since Franklin Gutierrez and Ben Francisco each hit in 19 straight in 2007… Chris Schwinden earned his first AAA win with 5.2IP shutout… Ruben Tejada extends his hit streak to 6G  (9-26) with RBI double in 9th; Tejada leads the Bisons with 13 RBI… Luis Hernandez has a 6G hit streak (8-22)… Nick Evans was 3-4 with 2 doubles and a HR(4)… Seven of the 10 hits were for extra bases, two HR/5 doubles… D.J. Carrasco also joined Bisons on Tuesday. He pitched an inning of shutout relief in the game, but will join the club’s rotation in the coming days.

Buffalo AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Tejada, SS 5 0 1 1 0 1 1 .270
Nieuwenhuis, CF 3 2 1 1 2 2 0 .343
Duda, LF 4 0 1 0 1 2 2 .192
Paulino, R, C 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 .176
Martinez, F, DH 4 0 2 1 0 2 1 .345
Hernandez, Lu, 2B 4 1 1 0 0 0 3 .205
Evans, N, 1B 4 2 3 2 0 0 0 .219
Feliciano, J, RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .077
Adams, R, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .204
Totals 36 5 10 5 3 10 14  
BATTING
2B: Martinez, F (2, Gibson), Evans, N 2 (2, Gibson, James), Duda (3, Gibson), Tejada (3, James).
HR: Evans, N (4, 7th inning off Manship, 1 on, 0 out), Nieuwenhuis (4, 8th inning off Manship, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Tejada 2; Nieuwenhuis 4; Duda 2; Martinez, F 3; Hernandez, Lu; Evans, N 8; Adams, R.
RBI: Martinez, F (2), Evans, N 2 (13), Nieuwenhuis (6), Tejada (13).
2-out RBI: Martinez, F; Tejada.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hernandez, Lu 2; Tejada; Martinez, F; Duda.
Team RISP: 2-for-12.
Team LOB: 7.

Buffalo IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Schwinden (W, 1-0) 5.2 5 0 0 1 5 0 1.15
Tankersley (H, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.00
Carrasco, D (H, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
Hampson 1.1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.00
Thayer, D 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.38
 
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