May 2011

Walks plague Bisons in Charlotte

Walking batters came back to haunt the Bisons as they fall, 8-4, to Charlotte on Tuesday at Knights Stadium.

Schwinden is, 0-1, with two no decisions when walking three batters. He gave free passes to four batters during the 4.2 innings he worked Tuesday. Three of the five runs Schwinden gave up came as a result of walking batters. Four of the eight runs the Herd gave up were due to walks.

Schwinden walked Tyler Flowers in the second inning after getting one out, a batter later Lasting Milledge drove a double off the left-field wall scoring Flowers. Andrew Garcia followed Milledge with a double of his own scoring the Knights second run of the game.

In the fifth inning Schwinden got two quick outs after laboring for most of the fourth inning. With two outs Schwinden walked Mark Teahen, bringing Dayan Viciedo to the plate.

Viciedo didn’t wait long drilling the first pitch Schwinden offered over the right-center-field wall for a two-run homerun. Flowers made it back-to-back homeruns by going yard clearing the thirty foot wall in left-field.

The Knights tacked on a sixth run in the sixth inning after Escobar doubled in Milledge. Milledge drove in one run, while scoring two him-self.

The Knights added another run in the eighth inning thanks to a leadoff walk to Milledge, a double by Garcia and a sacrifice fly by Eduardo Escobar. After moving to third on the sacrifice fly Garcia scored on a double by Jim Gallagher.

The Bisons tried to make a comeback in the ninth starting the inning with a leadoff homerun from Fernando Martinez and a single from Valentino Pascucci. Jason Botts would walk and Jesus Feliciano got a single to load the bases before Raul Chavez hit into a double play scoring Valentino Pascucci.

Luis Hernandez kept the inning alive by slapping a single into left-field and plating Botts to make it, 8-4. Luis Figueroa followed him with a single into center putting runners on first and second before Michael Fisher struck out to end the game.

Game Notes: Chris Schwinden moved to a, 3-3, record …Valentino Pascucci missed out on the hit parade Monday but got the only extra base hit Tuesday and the only RBI for the Bisons, it was Pascucci’s ninth of the season…Herd batters struck out eight times in the game..The Bisons win streak halted at four games.

News & Notes: Game 53

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 (7:15 p.m.) – Knights Stadium
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (24-28, T4th(-8.0), North)
RHP Chris Schwinden (3-2, 2.36)

Charlotte Knights (22-27, 3rd(-5.5), South)
RHP Deunte Heath (4-2, 3.52)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Charlotte Knights in the second game of a four-game series from Knights Stadium (7:15 p.m.). The Bisons have won four games in a row for the first time this season. The win streak includes last night’s 7-5 victory in the series opener. Buffalo has also won six of its last eight games and is now an even 14-14 with one game left in May.
 
VS. THE KNIGHTS: The Bisons now have the 3-2 lead in their season series with the Knights. The two teams split a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field, May 21-24. In the five games against Charlotte, Buffalo hitters are averaging .301 with a .340 mark (18-53) with runners in scoring position.

SCHWING AND MISS: RHP CHRIS SCHWINDEN will make his ninth start of the season and his first since a May 21st outing against the Knights. The Triple-A rookie ranks tied for 3rd in the International League with his 2.36ERA. The righty has been particularly tough on the road this year where he is 2-1 with a 1.96ERA and 21 strikeouts in four starts and 23.0 innings of work.

HE’S THE MANNY: RHP MANNY ACOSTA has earned a save on three consecutive days. The righty closed out the second game of each doubleheader this weekend before collecting his fourth save of the season last night. The last Bisons pitcher to record a save on three straight days was RHP BUBBIE BUZACHERO from August 28-30, 2008. Acosta has now made eight consecutive scoreless appearances for Buffalo (8.2IP, 6H, 2BB, 14K).

GONE FISHIN’: INF MICHAEL FISHER has homered in consecutive games, the third Bison to accomplish the feat this year (Nieuwenhuis, Martinez). Last night, Fisher also became the first Bisons’ batter to score three times in a game this season. Fisher is hitting .300 (18-60) with three home runs and eight RBI in his first 17 career Triple-A games.

BISONS BITS: The Bisons collected a season-high 17 hits last night. The outburst raised the team’s season average four points in one game (.244 – .248)…OF LUCAS DUDA is 5-10 with two home runs, three RBI, two walks and four runs scored in four games since being activated off the disabled list. The Bisons bullpen has allowed just one run in the last seven games (19.2IP, 15H, 29K).

METS UPDATE: The Mets (25-28) collected a 7-3 win over the Pirates Yesterday. Former Bisons’ ace RHP DILLON GEE ran his record to 5-0 with eight strikeouts in seven innings of work. New York had 15 hits including three from former Bison INF RUBEN TEJADA. The Mets host the Pirates again tonight at 7:10 p.m.

Bisons bats behind Cohoon

With two starting pitchers making their AAA debut, Buffalo held on for a 7-5 win pushing the Herd to a season-high four-game streak in a Monday night Memorial Day tilt in Charlotte.

The Bisons’ offense exploded early, making Knights starter Cameron Bayne’s debut a rough one and giving a cushion for new Bison Mark Cohoon.

The Herd pounded Bayne for four runs on five hits in the first, including an RBI double by Fernando Martinez and Lucas Duda’s third RBI since rejoining the team Saturday.

In the second, Martinez hit another double, scoring Michael Fisher for the second time, pushing the lead to 5-0. A third-inning Luis Hernandez single stretched the lead again, scoring Jesus Feliciano.

Charlotte responded with a run in the bottom of the third before a three-run home run by Eduardo Escobar in the fourth, cutting the Herd lead to 6-4.

A Jim Gallagher double later in the inning shaved the lead to 6-5 with Alejandro De Aza reaching home.

Bayne’s night ended after four innings, but the hits continued without him as Fisher hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot, off of reliever Tyson Corley. Bayne surrendered six runs (all earned) on 13 hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

Cohoon left his first start after five innings and earned the win, allowing five earned runs on seven hits, walking two, hitting two batters and striking out one. Taylor Tankersley replaced him to start the sixth.

The southpaw struck out the side between loading the bases to escape the sixth unscathed.

The Bisons also loaded the bases in the next frame, but Corley escaped with Valentino Pascucci hitting a long out to Milledge in right field.

Ryota Igarashi stranded Milledge at second after replacing Tankersley and striking out Andrew Garcia in the seventh.

Duda went 3-for-4 with a walk, a run and an RBI in his fourth game since his activation from the disabled list. Figueroa went 3-for-5 with a walk.

Manny Acosta punched out the Knights with three strikeouts in a scoreless ninth inning for his fourth save of the season.

Game Notes: Cohoon made his debut after nine starts with a 1-3 record and a 3.91 ERA in AA Binghamton… Martinez rejoined the team Sunday after his assignment from the Mets… Buffalo left 14 runners on base, while the Knights stranded 11.

News & Notes: Game 52

Monday, May 30, 2011 (7:15 p.m.) – Knights Stadium
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (23-28, 5th(-8.0), North)
LHP Mark Cohoon (NR)

Charlotte Knights (22-26, 3rd(-4.5), South)
RHP Cameron Bayne (NR)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Charlotte Knights in the first game of a four-game series from Knights Stadium (7:15 p.m.). Today’s game begins an eight-game roadtrip as the Herd will also travel to Gwinnett, June 3-6. Buffalo has won three straight games and recently completed a 5-3 homestand against the Knights and Braves.

VS. THE KNIGHTS: The Bisons and Knights split a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field, May 21-24. This week, Buffalo will be looking for its first series win at Knight Stadium since the 2005 season. Since then, the Bisons have just two splits and a 6-14 record at the home of the Charlotte Knights.

NEW STARTER: LHP MARK COHOON will make his Triple-A debut tonight for the Bisons. The 23-year old was 1-3 with a 3.91ERA in nine games with Double-A Binghamton this year. He worked five or more innings in eight of his nine starts and allowed three of fewer runs in seven of those outings. Cohoon was a combined 12-5 with a 2.57ERA and 131 strikeouts in 26 starts between Binghamton and Single-A Savannah last season.

BUSY WEEKEND: The Bisons collected their first series win of the season by taking three games in their back-to-back doubleheaders against Gwinnett this past weekend. The Herd bullpen stepped up by allowing just one run on 11 hits and 12 strikeouts in 12.0 innings of work (including a spot start by RHP JOHN LUJAN). RHP MANNY ACOSTA earned a pair of saves as the only pitcher that was used in multiple games.

WITH A BANG: OF LUCAS DUDA homered in back-to-back days this weekend. He hit his fourth of the season in game one on Saturday and then added a solo shot in game two of Sunday In his last 14 games at Triple-A, Duda has hit .333 (15-45) with three doubles, five homers and nine RBI.

ODDITIES: Some odd numbers came out of the Bisons doubleheader sweep on Sunday. On the day, the Bisons were a combined 2-2 with runners in scoring position with one of the hits a grand slam by INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI in game one. The Herd did not leave a man on base or have an at-bat with a runner in scoring position in game two’s 2-1 win.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (24-28) pounded out nine runs on 17 hits in a 9-5 win over Philadelphia yesterday. INF JOSES REYES had four hits and his third, two-triple game of the season. Former Bison C JOSH THOLE added three hits and three RBI. The Mets host the Pirates tonight at 7:10 p.m.

Bisons take twin-bill from Braves

The Bisons got their first series win with by sweeping the Gwinnett Braves in Sundays doubleheader at Coca-Cola Field. The Herd won the first game, 5-3, and the second, 2-1, thanks in large part to the long ball.

The Herd power surge came in the fifth inning of game one and the fourth inning of game two. In both games the Bisons were behind on the scoreboard.

Gwinnett was up early in the first game of the doubleheader, 3-0, before the Bisons struck back in the fifth inning. After Fernando Martinez ended Todd Redmond’s 21 scoreless inning streak with a sacrifice fly scoring Mike Nickeas, the Bisons loaded the bases with two outs.

With Luis Figueroa on first Michael Fisher drew a walk with two outs and Redmond hit Lucas Duda to fill the bases with Bisons. Valentino Pascucci came to the plate with a golden opportunity to put runs on the board.

“I was the happiest guy when Duda got hit, I know he wasn’t, but I was cause it gave me a shot with the bases loaded and a chance to drive in some runs,” said Pascucci. “Fisher was battling, battling, battling and ended up getting a walk, Duda getting hit loading the base, and two strikes on Pascucci and he hits one out the other way,” said manager Tim Teufel. “That’s the difference in the ball game.”

F. Martinez hit the Bisons last grand slam on June 14, 2011 in a, 7-6, walk-off win against Lehigh Valley. It was Pascucci’s fourth homerun of the season and the 33rd hit by the Bisons, and only the eighth homerun that was not a solo-shot.

Down, 1-0, in the fourth inning of game-two Fisher drilled a solo-homerun over the wall in right-center to tie the game at, 1-1.

One batter later Duda hit a solo-homerun over the wall in left to give the Bisons a, 2-1, lead.

The Herd’s bullpen pitched its way through the second game of the double header starting with John Lujan. Lujan made his first start since 2007 and was followed by Justin Hampson and then Ryota Igarashi.

“Lujan did a nice job giving us what he could,” said Teufel.

After taking the lead, 2-1, the Herd danced out of trouble in the fifth and sixth inning. In the fifth the Herd escaped by picking off Braves call-up Antoan Richardson. After advancing runners to second and third on a balk, Igarashi struck out Ed Lucas to end the fifth.

In the sixth inning Igarashi had runners on first and third with one out. He got Wilkin Castillo to fly-out to Fisher and struck out Richardson to keep the score, 2-1.

Igarashi handed the ball to Manny Acosta to close out the game for the win and give the Bisons their first series win of the season and improve their home record to, 16-14.

Game Notes: The Bisons hit the first grand slam of the season and the first since June 14, 2010…Fernando Martinez drove in his first RBI since being put on the clubs active roster Friday..LHP Mark Cohoon was also added to the Bisons active roster…John Lujan made his eighth career start and first since May 24, 2007, when he started for Winston-Salem…The Bisons Homerun total moved to 35, 27 of the 35 are solo-shots.

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