Tuesday, April 26, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Frontier Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet HD 713
Buffalo Bisons (8-11, T4th(-4.5), North)
RHP Chris Schwinden (0-0, 1.80)
Rochester Red Wings (7-10, T4th(-4.5), North)
RHP Kyle Gibson (0-0, 3.86)
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons are in Rochester for game one of a four-game series against the Red Wings from Frontier Field (7:05 p.m.). Tonight’s game opens an eight-game roadtrip as the Herd will also travel to Lehigh Valley, April 30 – May 3. The Bisons are coming off an eight-game homestand that featured four-game splits with the Red Wings and the IronPigs.
VS. RED WINGS: The Bisons and Red Wings split their four-game series last week that included a doubleheader sweep by both teams. Rochester took two on April 19 with the Herd sweeping a pair on April 21. Last season, the Bisons swept a pair of two-game sets at Frontier Field and were 6-2 against the Red Wings in their home ballpark.
NOTHING NIEU: OF KIRK NIEUWENHUIS extended his hit streak in a loud way yesterday. The outfielder hit his third home run of the year and now has hit in an International League-best 15 games. It’s the longest streak for a Bisons since INF JAVIER CASTILLO hit in 16 straight in 2009. Nieuwenhuis has averaged .385 (20-52) since the streak began on April 11. Nieuwenhuis is the only player in the International League to have reached base in all of his team’s games (19).
ROSTER MOVE: RHP D.J. CARRASCO has joined the Herd today after being optioned from New York. The righty was 0-1 with a 5.23ERA in seven games with the Mets. OF JESUS FELICIANO has also be promoted from Double-A Binghamton after hitting .324 (11-34) in eight games with the B-Mets. To make room, RHP DYLAN OWEN and RHP MANNY ALVAREZ have been transferred from Buffalo to Binghamton.
HEATING UP: INF LUIS HERNANDEZ is read hot after his slow start with the team. The infielder started 0-17 with the Bisons, but has hit .389 (7-18) in a five-game hit streak since. Yesterday, Hernandez drove home a pair of runs with a bases loaded single in the Herd’s four-run sixth inning.
HOT TEJADA: INF RUBEN TEJADA has driven in seven runs in his last five games and now leads the team with 12RBI. Tejada has hit in five straight with a .381 batting average (8-21) over the stretch.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (9-13) were off yesterday, one day after completing a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks. New York is in Washington tonight for the start of a three-game set against the Nationals. Activated off the disabled list, RHP CHRIS YOUNG will start for the Mets.
The Buffalo Bisons today announced that OF JESUS FELICIANO has been promoted to the Bisons from Double-A Binghamton. He will join the team in Rochester for the start of a four-game series with the Red Wings.
Also, RHP D.J. CARRASCO, optioned by the Mets on Sunday night, has officially joined the Bisons team. To make roster room, RHP MANNY ALVAREZ and RHP DYLAN OWEN have been transferred to Binghamton.
Feliciano began the season with Buffalo but was transferred to the Binghamton Mets on April 13 after going 1-11 in five games with Buffalo. Feliciano hit .324 (11-24) with a pair of doubles in eight games with the B-Mets. The Bisons 2009 Most Valuable Player, Feliciano’s .319 average in 224 games with Buffalo over the past two-plus seasons is the second-highest average in the club’s modern era (OF Dave Clark, .327).
Carrasco pitched in seven games with the Mets this season, making one start. The Hasslet, TX-native is 0-1 with a 5.23ERA with six strikeouts in 10.1 innings of work.
Owen was 1-2 with a 4.70ERA in four games and three starts with the Bisons. Alvarez was 0-2 with a 10.29ERA in seven relief appearances with the Herd this season.
A steady rain for six innings shortened Monday’s contest and helped the Herd defeat the IronPigs, 5-3, from Coca-Cola Field. The game was called with one out in the ninth inning as Lehigh Valley mounted what could’ve been a game-changing rally.
The rain started in downtown Buffalo at about the third inning and picked up in intensity around the seventh. The teams played through the drops, with the Herd taking a 5-0 lead into the ninth inning.
But Manny Acosta allowed a lead-off single to Jeff Frandsen and walked Jeff Larish and Cory Sullivan to load the bases. Matt Miller cashed in a pair of runs with a single before Acosta issued two more free passes to force in a third run.
Bisons manager Tim Teufel went to the bullpen and Jose De La Torre came into the contest. But before the reliever could face a batter, the umpires called for the tarp, much to the dismay of IronPigs manager, Ryne Sandburg.
The game was then called after an hour and 42 minutes delay with the Bisons claiming a 5-3 win.
By International League rules, an umpire may call a game finished after a weather delay as long as the visiting team did not tie the score or take the lead. If the IronPigs had tied the game, the game would’ve been suspended as the home team must be given the same amount of outs to win the game.
Buffalo built the 5-0 lead thanks to a Kirk Nieuwenhuis first-inning home run and a four-run Bisons rally in the sixth. Herd starter Dylan Owen threw a gem on the mound, retiring 14 in a row as park of six shutout innings.
TO SUM IT UP: Six innings of steady rain shortened Monday’s contest and helped the Herd defeat the IronPigs, 5-3, from Coca-Cola Field… The game was called with the bases loaded, one out in the ninth inning as Lehigh Valley mounted what could’ve been a game-changing rally…The game was then called after an hour and 42 minutes delay with the Bisons claiming the victory.
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|Martinez, F, RF||3||1||1||0||1||0||3||.320|
|Adams, R, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.178|
|Evans, N, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.188|
|Hernandez, Lu, 2B||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||.200|
|b-Manriquez, S, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.364|
|De La Torre, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-Walked for Owen in the 6th. b-Singled for O’Connor in the 8th.|
2B: Duda (2, Bump).
HR: Nieuwenhuis (3, 1st inning off Bump, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Tejada; Nieuwenhuis 4; Duda 3; Paulino, R; Martinez, F; Adams, R; Hernandez, Lu 2; Manriquez, S.
RBI: Nieuwenhuis (5), Hernandez, Lu 2 (3), Tejada 2 (12).
2-out RBI: Hernandez, Lu 2; Tejada 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Martinez, F; Tejada 2; Nieuwenhuis.
GIDP: Martinez, F.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
Team LOB: 8.
FAST FACTS: Kirk Nieuwenhuis’s hit streak is now at an IL-best 15 games, while tying his career long (2009)… Ruben Tejada now leads the Bisons with 12RBI on the season; while adding to his five game hit streak (8-21, 7RBI)…Luis Hernandez has a five game hit streak (7-18)… Fernando Martinez is 3-9 with a homer, RBI since being activated off the disabled list… Ronny Paulino (MLB rehab) went 1-4 with a run scored in his fourth game with the team. He also threw out Matt Miller trying to steal second in the third inning…The Bisons have now split all four series they’ve played at Coca-Cola Field this season.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Bisons begin an eight game road trip, starting in Rochester Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. The Red Wings host the Herd for a four game series prior to finishing the trip with a four game set aginst Lehigh Valley.
Monday, April 25, 2011 (12:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
TV: MLB Network, Time Warner Cable SportsNet 13
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (7-11, 6th(-4.5), North)
RHP Dylan Owen (0-2, 7.71)
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (9-8, 3rd(-2.0), North)
RHP Nate Bump (0-1, 4.50)
TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Bisons host the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the final game of a four-game series from Coca-Cola Field (12:05 p.m.). The Herd is 3-4 so far on its eight-game homestand that started with a split of a four-game set with Rochester. Following today’s game, Buffalo returns to the road for an eight-game trip to Rochester and Lehigh Valley.
VS. IRONPIGS: The Bisons need a victory today to earn a split of their four-game series against the IronPigs. Lehigh Valley has won two straight games to take a 2-1 lead in the series. The Herd has won nine of its last 13 games against the IronPigs, including a 6-3 record in the last nine played at Coca-Cola Field.
NOTHING NIEU: Two doubles from OF KIRK NIEUWENHUIS yesterday allowed the outfielder to extend his hit streak to an International League-best 14 games. It’s the longest streak for a Bisons since INF JAVIER CASTILLO hit in 16 straight in 2009. Nieuwenhuis has averaged .388 (19-49) since the streak began on April 11. Nieuwenhuis is the only player in the International League to have reached base in all of his team’s games (18).
HEY, MR. D.J.: Following their game yesterday, the Mets optioned RHP D.J. CARRASCO to the Bisons. The 34-year old righty was 0-1 with a 5.23ERA in seven games and one start for New York. Carrasco will work in the Herd rotation once he joins the team.
BULLY FOR THE PEN: LHP JUSTIN HAMPSON pitched a 1-2-3 inning in relief on Sunday. The southpaw now sports a 1.17ERA over his first seven appearances on the year. Hampson has not allowed an extra-base hit this season and is holding opponents to a .143 average. He has not allowed any of his four inherited runners to score and has retired the first batter he has faced in six of his seven appearances.
BISON BITS: All eight position players had a hit in yesterday’s game…After starting the season 0-17, INF LUIS HERNANDEZ has five hits in his last 14 at-bats (.357) as part of a four-game hit streak…The Bisons have split the first three series of the 2011 season that they have played at Coca-Cola Field.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (9-13) completed a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks with a 6-4 win over Arizona on Sunday. Former Bisons OF JASON PRIDIE collected his first major league home run and INF DAVID WRIGHT clubbed a pair of longballs. The Mets are off today before facing the Nationals in Washington tomorrow.