May 2011

Cohoon, Martinez added to Bisons roster

The Buffalo Bisons today announced that OF FERNANDO MARTINEZ and LHP MARK COHOONhave been added to the club’s active roster. Martinez was optioned by the New York Mets on Friday while Cohoon has been promoted from Double-A Binghamton.

Cohoon is expected to start for the Bisons on Monday, May 30 against the Charlotte Knights.

Martinez played in nine games with New York and hit .250 (5-20) with a home run and two RBI. He clubbed a pinch-hit home run on May 13 in Houston. The outfielder began the 2011 season with the Bisons and hit .292 (19-65) with three home runs and seven RBI in 19 games.

Cohoon, 23, has spent the entire 2011 season with Binghamton and was 1-3 with a 3.81ERA in nine starts and 52.0 innings of work (59H, 17BB, 44K). The southpaw has worked five or more innings in all but one of his starts and has allowed three of fewer runs in seven of the nine appearances. His 44 strikeouts lead the B-Mets.

Last season, Cohoon made 13 starts at Single-A Savannah and Binghamton. He was a combined 12-5 with a 2.57ERA (161.1IP, 142H, 131K).

News & Notes: Game 50, 51

Sunday, May 29, 2011 (Game 1: 1:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (21-28, 5th(-9.5), North)
G1: RHP Brian Sweeney (1-3, 7.59)
G2: TBA

Gwinnett Braves (25-22, 2nd(-1.0), South)
G1: RHP Todd Redmond (3-4, 2.30)
G2: RHP Steven Shell (0-0, 3.00)

TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Bisons take on the Gwinnet Braves in the final two games of a four-game series from Coca-Cola Field (G1: 1:05 p.m.). Because of rainouts on Thursday and Friday night, the Herd and Braves will play a second consecutive doubleheader today. The clubs split yesterday’s twinbill with the Bisons winning 3-1 in the second game. Buffalo is 14-14 at home this season, having split all four series they’ve played at Coca-Cola Field.

VS. THE BRAVES: The Bisons are 1-1 against the Braves this season. Buffalo won the season series, 5-3, last year and is 8-4 in their last 12 games against the Braves dating back to 2009. Buffalo has a win and three splits in four, four-game series over Gwinnett in the two years of the franchise’s existence.

FOUR INTO TWO: The Bisons are playing their second straight doubleheader for the first time since August 20-21, 2009 against Syracuse. The Herd and Chiefs split each twinbill that year. The Bisons also played two straight doubleheaders against the Richmond Braves, June 9-10, 2007 at The Diamond in Virginia. The Braves won three of the four games over Buffalo.

LET’S PLAY TWO: The Bisons have now completed three doubleheaders this season, each with a different outcome. The Herd was swept in two games by Rochester, April 19 before the Bisons rebounded to take two from the Red Wings on April 21. Yesterday, Buffalo and Gwinnett split their twinbill. All three of Buffalo’s doubleheaders this year have been played at Coca-Cola Field.

WITH A BANG: OF LUCAS DUDA returned to the lineup in a big way. The slugger hit a solo home run in his first game back after missing 14 contests on the disabled list with a mid back strain. In his last 12 games at Triple-A, Duda has hit .341 (14-41) with three doubles, four homers and eight RBI.

BULLPEN NOTES: RHP MANNY ACOSTA has allowed just 1 run in his last 11 games and 12.1 innings of work. Opponents are hitting just .177 against him this season…LHP JUSTIN HAMPSON has retired the first batter he has faced in 14 of his 15 outings this season (93% success rate)…RHP RYOTA IGARASHI has allowed just two hits in 6.0 innings with the Bisons this season.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (23-28) lost their third straight game with a 5-2 defeat to Philadelphia last night. RHP MIKE PELFREY allowed just two runs as he worked into the eighth inning but the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead. New York stole five bases in the loss. The Mets host the Phillies again today at 1:10 p.m.

Bisons split Saturday double-dip

The Bisons split Saturday’s doubleheader losing the first game, 6-1, and winning the second game, 3-1, at Coca-Cola Field.

The Herd won the second game on the strength of Josh Stinsons arm. Stinson went six innings striking out four while allowing only one run.

Stinson looked like he was in trouble in the second inning after giving up an unearned run and intentionally walking Shawn Bowman to face Yohan Flande the Braves starting pitcher. Stinson struck-out Flande before facing down Stefan Gartrell for the final out of the inning stranding three Braves on the base paths.

“You have to be able to pitch out of jams sometimes, and Stinson certainly did that,” said manager Tim Teufel.

After loading the bases Stinson retired 14 of the next 15 batters, and gave up only two hits. Going six innings was important with back-to-back doubleheaders.

“Anytime you go out there you want to go six or seven, you don’t want to be labled as the five and die guy,” Stinson said. “Today more than other days, you got two back to back double headers, makes it tough if you come out early.”

The Herd’s offense provided Stinson a small cushion of three runs all coming in the second inning. Jason Botts got things rolling with a single in just his second game with the Bisons. Luis Hernandez walked moving Botts to third, Bubba Bell followed with a single that drove the Bisons first run across.

With no outs in the second Raul Chavez singled loading the bases with no outs. Jesus Feliciano grounded into a double play allowing Hernandez to score and moving Bell to third. With two outs Bell scored on a passed ball from Flande.

Gwinnett got off to a fast start in the first game of the doubleheader scoring four runs in the first inning, powered by Brandon Hicks Homerun. The Braves added two more runs in the third and fifth inning to stretch their lead over the Bisons, 6-0.

The Bisons got on the board in the sixth inning when Lucas Duda deposited a solo-homerun into the first row of the Bully Hill Party Deck in right-field. The solo shot was his fourth of the season and just second hit of the game for the Herd making the score, 6-1.

“That was nice, it was on a slider that stayed in there real nice and Duda drove it over the right-field wall,” Teufel said. “It’s good to see Duda back in uniform.”

The only other hit was given up in the fifth inning breaking up Braves starter Erik Cordier’s no-hit bid. Cordier was removed from the game in the fifth ending his chance for a win in his first start of the season for Gwinnett.

Game Notes:: The Mets have selected the contract of RHP Dale Thayer off the Bisons roster…Lucas Duda has been activated off the clubs disabled list, and hit his fourth homerun of the season in the first game of the doubleheader…The Herd allowed their first passed ball of the season in the fifth inning of the first doubleheader…Kirk Nieuwenhuis didn’t play either game on Saturday he is still banged up from a diving catch he made on Tuesday…The Bisons remain at .500 they are now, 14-14, when playing at home.

News & Notes: Game 48 & 49, again

Saturday, May 28, 2011 (Game 1: 1:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (20-27, 5th(-9.0), North)
G1: RHP D.J. Carrasco (1-2, 4.85) vs.
G2: RHP Josh Stinson (2-4, 6.02)

Gwinnett Braves (24-21, 2nd(-1.0), South)
G1: RHP Erik Cordier (NR)
G2: LHP Yohan Flande (2-0, 4.26)

TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Bisons take on the Gwinnet Braves in the first two games of a four-game series from Coca-Cola Field (G1: 1:05 p.m.). With rainouts on Thursday and Friday night, the Herd and Braves will play back-to-back doubleheaders this weekend. Buffalo is 13-13 at home this season, having split all four series they’ve played at Coca-Cola Field.

VS. THE BRAVES: Today’s games are the Bisons first contests against the Gwinnett this season. Buffalo won the season series, 5-3, last year and is 7-3 in their last 10 games against the Braves dating back to 2009. Buffalo has a win and three splits over Gwinnett in the two years of the franchise’s existence.

FOUR INTO TWO: The last time the Bisons had back-to-back doubleheaders on their schedule was August 20-21, 2009 against Syracuse. The Herd and Chiefs split each twinbill, highlighted by the shortest game in Coca-Cola Field history on August 20(2) -Bisons’ LHP KEN TAKAHASHI complete-game 2-0 win in one hour and 21 minutes. When all four games to begin the 2007 season between the Bisons and Richmond Braves were snowed out, the teams played back-to-back doubleheaders on June 9-10 at The Diamond with Richmond winning three of four over Buffalo.

HEY MR D.J.: RHP D.J. CARRASCO will be making his sixth start with the Bisons tonight. The veteran has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his previous five outings. Carrasco is coming off a loss on May 20 in Indianapolis in a game he allowed just three runs in six innings of work. Carrasco has worked six innings in each of his past two outings.

ROSTER SHUFFLE: There was plenty of action yesterday despite no games being played. The Bisons welcomed OF LUCAS DUDA off the disabled list. The slugger missed 14 games with a mid back strain. The Mets selected the contract of RHP DALE THAYER and activated OF ANGEL PAGAN off his MLB injury rehab assignment. The Mets also announced they have optioned OF FERNANDO MARTINEZ to the Bisons with the outfielder expected to join the Herd in the next few days.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (23-27) lost to Philadelphia last night, 6-4, despite taking a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning. Former Bisons INF JUSTIN TURNER had his first career four-hit game in the majors as New York outhit the Phillies, 14-11. The Mets will host the Phillies again tonight at 7:10 p.m.

Again, rain.

Friday’s doubleheader between the Buffalo Bisons and the Gwinnett Braves at Coca-Cola Field has been postponed due to rain. The teams will make up the games with doubleheaders on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 at Coca-Cola Field (1:05 p.m. each day)

On both Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, the Bisons and Braves will play two, seven-inning games. Gates will open at 12:00 p.m. each day.

Fans holding tickets to Friday’s games can exchange them for a comparable ticket to any future 2011 Bisons games (excluding special events). All ticket exchanges must be made at the Coca-Cola Field box office. Please note that these exchanges do not have to be made on Friday, May 27. Fans with tickets can exchange them throughout the remainder of the 2011 season.

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