Erik Kratz did it to the Herd on Saturday. Jeff Larish was at it on Sunday afternoon.
The IronPigs first baseman hit a pair of home runs to power Lehigh Valley to a 7-5 victory over the Herd at Coca-Cola Field. The Bisons rallied late, but have now lost two straight, falling to 7-11 on the young season.
It was Larish’s two-run home run that proved to be the difference in a 7-5 IronPigs win on Saturday in a game the Bisons led twice. The same scenario played out an afternoon later.
Buffalo had taken a 2-1 lead in the second inning thanks to a two-run double from catcher Raul Chavez. But Lehigh Valley answered right back to tie the game on Jeff Frandsen’s third-inning sacrifice fly. Two batters later, Larish crushed a Jenrry Mejia offering to straight away centerfield for a game-changing three-run home run.
Larish provided more insurance in the eighth inning with a solo shot off reliever Dale Thayer. The slugger now has six home runs and 11RBI already this season.
The Bisons had their chances to get back into the game with base runners in every inning since the second. However, Buffalo didn’t score until a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth that was too little, too late.
The loss went to Mejia, his second in as many starts. The young righty allowed five runs in six innings of work.
BISONS NOTES: Kirk Nieuwenhuis doubled twice to extend his hit streak to a league-best 14 games. The outfielder has reached base in all 18 Bisons games this season…Raul Chavez has six RBI with only four hits this season…Jonathan Malo made his 2011 Bisons debut when he flew out as a pinch hitter in the sxith inning.
Sunday, April 24, 2011 (1:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (7-10, 6th(-3.5), North)
RHP Jenrry Mejia (1-1, 0.98)
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (8-8, 3rd(-2.0), North)
RHP Vance Worley (1-2, 2.55)
TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Bisons host the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the third game of a four-game series from Coca-Cola Field (1:05 p.m.). The Herd is 3-3 so far on its eight-game homestand that started with a split of a four-game set with Rochester. Following tomorrow’s game, Buffalo returns to the road for an eight-game trip to Rochester and Lehigh Valley
VS. IRONPIGS: The Bisons and IronPigs are back even. The two teams have split the first 50 games (25-25) played since Lehigh Valley came into existence. The Herd has won nine of its last 12 games against the IronPigs. That record includes a 6-2 record in the last eight games played at Coca-Cola Field.
OH JENRRY: RHP JENRRY MEJIA will make his fourth start of the season today. The 21-year old is coming off his first career Triple-A loss, having allowed three runs in 5.2 innings of work on Tuesday against Rochester. The rookie has allowed just 10 hits in 18.1 innings of work this year, good for a .156 average against. His 0.98ERA on the season is the fourth lowest mark in the International League.
NOTHING NIEU: OF KIRK NIEUWENHUIS brings a 13-game hit streak into today’s game that is three games longer than any streak in the International League this season. It’s also the longest for a Bisons since INF JAVIER CASTILLO hit in 16 straight in 2009. Nieuwenhuis has averaged .378 (17-45) 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 (17). The outfielder has actually reached base in 25 straight Triple-A games if you include the final eight games of the 2010 season.
IN A PINCH: Just activated off the disabled list yesterday, OF FERNANDO MARTINEZ clubbed a pinch hit home run in Saturday’s loss. It was the Bisons first pitch hit homer since INF RUSS ADAMS accomplished the feat on August 2, 2010 against Lehigh Valley. For Martinez, the home run was his first of the season and his 21st as a Bison.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (8-13) won their third straight game with a 6-4 victory over the Diamondbacks on Saturday. Former Bisons INF IKE DAVIS homered for the third straight day and RHP DILLON GEE improved to 2-0 on the season. New York looks for the series sweep today at 1:10 p.m. from Citi Field.
Lehigh Valley got a pair of home runs from Erik Kratz and a two-run shot from Jeff Larish in a 7-5 victory over the Herd, snapping Buffalo’s three-game win streak.
A see-saw affair finally swung the IronPigs way in the seventh inning. After the Bisons held leads of 1-0 and 4-3, Lehigh Valley plated three runs off the usually-stingy Buffalo bullpen to snap their own four-game losing streak.
Dewlyn Young started the game-winning rally when he doubled home Jeff Frandsen off reliever Manny Alvarez. With the score tied, Larish lined a two-run homer into the Bully Hill Party Deck off lefty Taylor Tankersley.
The Bisons closed the score to 6-5 as Fernando Martinez, who was activated off the disabled list before the game, clubbed a pinch-hit opposite field home run. Kratz followed with his second home run of the game to give the IronPigs some insurance.
After scoring first, the Herd found itself down 3-1 in the fifth inning. A two-out rally that gave Buffalo the lead was sparked by the pitcher. Pat Misch doubled home Valentino Pascucci before he, and his battery mate Raul Chavez, scored on a single from Ruben Tejada.
The loss was charged to Manny Alvarez. Misch allowed three runs in 5.2 innings of work, but did not earn a decision.
BISONS NOTES: Prior to the game, the Bisons placed infielder Zach Lutz on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain. With the roster space, Martinez was activated to the team’s roster…Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 1-4 with a double and a run scored. His hit streak now stands at 13 games, one longer that the highest streak by a Bison in 2010…Misch’s RBI-double was the first hit by a pitcher this season.
TO SUM IT UP: Lehigh Valley got a pair of home runs from Erik Kratz and a two-run shot from Jeff Larish in a 7-5 victory over the Herd, snapping Buffalo’s three-game win streak… The Bisons closed the score to 6-5 as Fernando Martinez, who was activated off the disabled list before the game, clubbed a pinch-hit opposite field home run. Kratz followed with his second home run of the game to give the IronPigs some insurance…
|Evans, N, LF||3||0||0||1||0||1||0||.200|
|Adams, R, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.162|
|Hernandez, Lu, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.143|
|Chavez, R, C||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.065|
|Alvarez, Ma, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-Martinez, F, PH||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.353|
|b-Manriquez, S, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.222|
|a-Homered for Tankersley in the 7th. b-Lined out for O’Connor in the 9th.|
2B: Nieuwenhuis (6, Feierabend), Misch (1, Feierabend).
HR: Martinez, F (1, 7th inning off Schwimer, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Tejada 2; Nieuwenhuis 2; Pascucci 2; Hernandez, Lu; Misch 2; Martinez, F 4.
RBI: Evans, N (10), Misch (1), Tejada 2 (10), Martinez, F (1).
2-out RBI: Misch; Tejada 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hernandez, Lu; Nieuwenhuis.
SF: Evans, N.
GIDP: Hernandez, Lu.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 6.
FAST FACTS: Fernando Martinez cracked a PH HR(1); the first pinch hit HR for the Bisons this season… Krik Nieuwenhuis has a 13 game hit streak (17-45)… Ruben Tejada has 3 straight mulit-hit games (6-12 with 3 2b, HR & 5 rbi)… Luis Hernandez has a 3G hit streak (4-11)… Pat Misch made his first start since returning from the Mets… Prior to the game, the Bisons placed infielder Zach Lutz on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain… This was just the fourth win for Lehigh Valley in the last 10G at Coca-Cola Field.
WHAT’S NEXT: Buffalo and Lehigh Valley square off in game 3 Easter Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Jenrry Mejia takes the ball for the Bisons.
Saturday, April 23, 2011 (1:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
Buffalo Bisons (7-9, 4th(-3.0), North)
LHP Pat Misch (0-1, 6.43)
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (7-8, 3rd(-2.5), North)
LHP Ryan Feierabend (0-1, 6.75)
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Bisons host the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the second game of a four-game series from Coca-Cola Field (1:05 p.m.). The Herd won last night’s series opener by a 4-2 score for the team’s third straight victory. On Tuesday, Buffalo returns to the road for an eight-game trip to Rochester and Lehigh Valley
VS. IRONPIGS: With last night’s win, the Bisons struck first in the season series against Lehigh Valley. The Herd has now won nine of their last 11 games against the IronPigs. That record includes a 6-1 record against the I-Pigs in the last seven games played at Coca-Cola Field.
DISCH ON MISCH: LHP PAT MISCH returns to the Bisons rotation and will make his second start of the season today. The southpaw was promoted to New York on April 16 for one game. Misch was designated for assignment after and has been activated today. In four career starts against the IronPigs, Misch is 3-0 with a 1.44ERA and only 15 hits allowed in 25.0 innings of work. He dealt 13.0 scoreless innings in two starts last year against Lehigh Valley.
GOING STREAKIN’: OF KIRK NIEUWENHUIS extended his hit streak to 12 games last night. It’s the longest hit streak in the International League this season and already matches the highest by a Bison a season ago. In 2010, both OF JESUS FELICIANO and OF JORGE PADILLA had 12-games streaks. Nieuwenhuis has hit an even .400 (16-40) since April 11. He has also reached base safely in all 16 games this season, tops in the IL.
WELCOME BACK: The Bisons have activated OF FERNANDO MARTINEZ today. The outfielder missed 10 games on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain. Martinez had four hits on Opening Day this year and has a .313 average in four games with Buffalo this season.
ACES FULL: The Bisons pitching staff has been overpowering this homestand. The Herd’s staff has posted a combined 1.58ERA in the five games with only 25 hits allowed and 29 strikeouts in 40 innings of work. Buffalo has not allowed more than two earned runs in any game this homestand.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (7-13) took a 4-1 victory from the Diamondbacks last night at Citi Field. Former Bisons INF IKE DAVIS homered for the second straight game. Before the game, the Mets selected the contract of Bisons OF JASON PRIDIE. New York hosts Arizona against today at 1:10 p.m.