June 2011

Bell helps bump Bisons past IronPigs


The Bisons put their 10-singles to good use scoring four-runs in a, 4-2, win over Lehigh Valley Thursday night at Coca-Cola Field.

“Everybody chipped in, it was different ways that we scored, it was a very fruitful game, timely hitting, and guys did a real nice job out there defensively,” manager Tim Teufel said.


Bubba Bell led the offensive charge leading off the third-inning with his first of three-base hits. Mike Nickeas followed Bell’s lead and singled into left-field putting two-runners on with no-outs. Bisons starter Dylan Owen helped his cause by moving the runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt.

“Everything felt pretty good tonight, I was seeing the ball really well, and you know it’s just one of those nights that you can just throw the bat out there and you’re going to get a couple hits,” said Bubba Bell.

Luis Figueroa singled in Bell for the Bisons first run tying the game at one. With Nickeas at third and Figueroa at first, Michael Fisher grounded into a fielder’s choice allowing Nickeas to score, putting the Herd ahead, 2-1.

After one out in the fourth-inning Bell singled for the second time Thursday night scoring Jesus Feliciano. Luis Hernandez scored on Nickeas’ single into center-field to make it, 4-1. Bell singled again in the sixth inning, but was left stranded after Nickeas and Jason Botts struck out.

Bell was red hot going three for four, with a run driven in and a run scored. The IronPigs finally retired Bell in his final at-bat of the game to end the eighth-inning.

“Bell drove in a big run, and continues to swing the bat well,” Teufel said.

The Herd got a solid start from Owen, pitching six-innings and giving up two-runs on solo-homeruns in the third and sixth inning. After giving up the solo-shot in the third inning Owen retired the next eight batters in a row.

“Owen was just outstanding on the mound; he gave us what we needed.” Teufel said. “We needed to get deep in the game and he brought us deep enough.”

The IronPigs second-run came in the sixth-inning when Owen gave up a solo-homerun. Owen has given up three-runs or fewer in his last five starts. He gave up two-runs in his last start leaving after 5.1 innings and a no-decision.

Owen got the win Thursday after pitching six-innings, giving up six-hits, two-runs, and striking-out five IronPigs. Dale Thayer closed out the game for his team leading sixth-save of the season.

“I think everybody did a really good job, both sides of the ball actually,” said Bell. “It’s good, we’ve started coming together, we’re playing well as a team right now, and I think that once you can get some momentum going with that it makes it a lot easier for us to play as a team.”

Game Notes: Nick Evans failed to get a hit for the first time in 19-games, ending a season high hit-streak for the Bisons…Dale Thayer closed out Thursdays game pitching the final two-innings and taking the team lead in saves with six…The Bisons are now, 6-1, during their current homestand.

News & Notes: Game 82

Thursday, June 30, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (35-46, T4h(-12.0), North)
RHP Dylan Owen (2-4, 4.56)

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (46-33, 1st(+3.5), North)
RHP Tyson Brummett (0-1, 5.19)

TODAY’S GAME: After splitting the first two games of a four-game series, the Bisons will host the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at Coca-Cola Field tonight (7:05 p.m.). The Bisons are now 5-1 on their 10-game homestand that began with a four-game sweep of Norfolk. Buffalo‘s record is 22-22 at home this season. Following tomorrow’s series finale, the Bisons will host Syracuse for two games.

DEALIN’ DYLAN: RHP DYLAN OWEN will make his 9th start of the season tonight. The right-hander has not given up more than three runs in each of his last four starts. Owen’s ERA is a full point lower at home (4.10) than it is on the road (5.14) in the same number of starts. In his last outing against Norfolk, Owen went 5.1IP giving up two runs in a no decision. In his one previous start against the IronPigs this season, he earned the win pitching six scoreless innings while strucking out six on April 25.

EVANS ALMIGHTY: INF NICK EVANS’ has tied the International League best 19-game hit streak for 2011. Columbus’s Luis Valbuena hit in 19-straight May 22-June 9. Evans erupted for five hits, which marks the first time all season that a Bison player recorded five hits in one game. Evans is just the 8th Bisons player to reach 19 games with a hit streak in the modern era. During his streak, the slugger has averaged an amazing .514 (38-74) with 11 doubles, three home runs and 15RBI.

GET IGGY WITH IT: RHP RYOTA IGARASHI closed out the Bisons 7-5 win against the IronPigs yesterday. With the save, Igarashi is now tied for the team lead with RHP DALE THAYER at five. He now has made 10 consecutive scoreless outings out of the bullpen. Since June 8, the reliever has yielded just six hits and three walks with 11 strikeouts in 14.1 innings. He has yet to allow a hit with runners in scoring position (0-13).

BISONS BITS: RHP CHRIS SCHWINDEN was selected to the International League All-Star Team. He currently leads the team in the all Triple Crown pitching categories with five wins, 67 strikeouts, and a 3.12ERA…The Mets recalled OF FERNANDO MARTINEZ this afternoon.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (41-39) continue their hot hitting with a 16-9 win in Detroit last night. New York has now scored 52 runs in their last four games. C RONNIE PAULINO and OF ANGEL PAGAN both had four hits in the victory. New York takes on the Tigers again today at 1:05 p.m.

Martinez returns to Mets

The New York Mets today announced that they have selected the contract of Buffalo Bisons OF FERNANDO MARTINEZ. He will fill the roster spot that opened when the Mets placed OF Willie Harris on the paternity leave list for the birth of his child.

Martinez has played 45 games with the Bisons this season and hit .266 (42-158) with six doubles, six home runs, 23RBI and 21 runs scored. He has made 33 starts in right field for the Bisons and six as the club’s designated hitter this season.

 For Martinez, this will be his second stint with New York this season. The outfielder was with the Mets from May 12-29.

News & Notes: Game 81

Buffalo Bisons (34-46, 5th(-13.0), North)

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (46-32, 1st(+4.0), North)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 (1:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field

LHP Pat Misch (2-4, 5.08) vs. RHP Tim Redding (0-1, 3.75)

Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Bisons take on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the second game of a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field (1:05 p.m.). The I-Pigs struck first in the series with last night’s 6-3 win. The Bisons are now 4-1 on their 10-game homestand that began with a four-game sweep of Norfolk. The Herd is 21-22 at home this season.

VS. THE IRONPIGS: Buffalo is now 3-6 against the IronPigs this season. The clubs split a four-game series in Buffalo, April 22-25, and Lehigh Valley won three of four at Coca-Cola Park, April 30-May 3. Eight of the nine contests have been decided by three of fewer runs with the exception being a 7-2 victory by the IronPigs on May 1.

DISCH ON MISCH: LHP PAT MISCH will make his 10th start of the season today. The southpaw has worked at least six innings in each of his last six outings and has allowed two or fewer runs in three of his last four. Misch struck out a season-high seven in his last outing, a six-inning no-decision in Friday’s 4-2 win over Norfolk. Misch has two no-decisions and a 3.86ERA in two starts against the IronPigs this season.

EVANS ALMIGHTY: INF NICK EVANS’ hit streak is now 18 games, one shy of the International League high for 2011. Columbus’s Luis Valbuena hit in 19-straight May 22-June 9. Evans is just the 11th Bisons player to reach 18 games with a hit streak in the modern era. During his streak, the slugger has averaged .478 (33-69) with 10 doubles, three home runs and 15RBI.

GET IGGY WITH IT: RHP RYOTA IGARASHI has made nine consecutive scoreless outings out of the bullpen. Since June 8, the reliever has yielded just four hits and three walks with 11 strikeouts in 13.1 innings. On the season, opponents have just nine hits in 82 at-bats against Igarashi for a .110 average against. He has yet to allow a hit with runners in scoring position (0-11).

BISONS BITS: Bisons catchers have thrown out a league-best 42.2% of base stealers, almost five points higher than any other team…INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI’S 44RBI since May 10 are two more than any IL hitter.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (40-39) climbed back above the .500-mark with a 14-3 blowout win in Detroit last night. New York got grand slams from OF JASON BAY and OF CARLOS BELTRAN in back-to-back innings and INF JOSE REYES went 4-4 to raise his average to .349. New York takes on the Tigers again tonight at 7:05 p.m.

Evans stays hot as Bisons fall

Nick Evans extended his hit team-best hit streak, but the Lehigh Valley IronPigs snapped the Bisons’ four-game win streak, topping the Herd 5-2 Tuesday night at Coca Cola Field.

Evans took the streak to 18 games with a first-inning single and a solo homer in the fourth.

“I’m just trying to have good at-bats and be productive. If the hits come, they come,” Evans said. “I’d rather go 0-for-4 with four RBIs than get a hit and extend a streak.”

Down 6-2 with two outs in bottom of the ninth, an error, walk and a pinch-hit RBI single by Bubba Bell brought the would-be tying run, Luis Figueroa, to the plate. However new reliever Michael Schwimer struck out Figueroa looking to save the game.

Ryan Feieraband struck out seven in six innings in his sixth win of the season, allowing two earned runs on seven hits with one walk.

The IronPigs (46-32) built a 3-0 lead after two innings with Rich Thompson scoring from third on a Jack Egbert wild pitch, before a two-run home run by Tagg Bozied in the second. Bozied added a third RBI, singling in one of two ninth-inning IronPigs runs.

Brandon Moss singled against Mike O’Connor in the sixth, moving John Mayberry, Jr. from second to third. As the Bisons caught Moss in a rundown off of first base, Mayberry snuck home just before second baseman Luis Hernandez’ throw and catcher Nickeas’ tag.

Home plate umpire Gerard Ascani ejected manager Tim Teufel after a lengthy argument over the play at the plate and Hernandez’ attempted tag of Moss.

“Gerard made a good call,” Teufel said. “From the bench, from our angle, we saw something different. We argued it and I guess when you point to the area of where you think the tag was being displayed, that’s when you get tossed.”

Egbert left his second start as a Bison after five innings, as Jon Malo – in his first game in Buffalo since May 19 – pinch hit and walked in the bottom of the inning. In 81 pitches, Egbert (0-2, 5.79) allowed three earned runs on four hits with two walks and a strikeout.

“Jack didn’t have his slider or his curveball early on, spiking it a little in the front and then he settled down,” Teufel said. “He ended up going five innings and kept us in the game.”

With Malo on first and Mike Nickeas on second, Luis Figueroa hit a single to score Nickeas, but Malo was thrown out at home trying to tie the game.

Game Notes: Evans is 33-for-68 with three homers, 10 doubles, 15 runs scored and 15 RBI over the streak… Malo was called up from Double-A Binghamton before the game to replace Zach Lutz, who went on the disabled list with a concussion… The IronPigs lead the season series, 6-3.