June 2011

Saturday night special, walk-off for Herd

Two and a half innings after Norfolk tied the game at, 5-5, the Herd ended it with a single off the bat of Jesus Feliciano into center-field for a, 6-5, win Saturday night at Coca-Cola Field.
Luis Figueroa leadoff the 11th- inning with a double into left-center-field and then Norfolk walked Nick Evans to set up the doubleplay. Fernando Martinez did just what the Tides wanted grounding into a doubleplay that left only Figueroa on base.
Norfolk avoided Valentino Pascucci, working pitches out of the zone and then intentionally walking him after getting to a, 3-0, count. Pascucci was followed to the plate by Feliciano who battled for eight pitches, fouling off five pitches before pushing a single just to the right of second base scoring Figueroa.

“Feliciano has been a really good player his whole career hitting wise and this is really his first time he hasn’t felt good at the plate,” manager Tim Teufel said. “But tonight was one of his better at bats that I’ve seen him give us in the last couple outings.”

It is Feliciano’s second walk-off hit of the 2011 season and his fourth at Coca-Cola Field during his career.

Just a half inning earlier the Bisons looked to be in trouble of letting the game get away after Brian Sweeny gave up a leadoff double to Tides catcher Tyler Henson. But he managed to get a pop-out to short center field and then struck-out the following two batters stranding Henson on second.

“Sweeny ended up pitching really well after that, getting a couple key outs and giving us a chance to come up in the bottom half and win the game,” said Teufel.

The Herd erased a, 3-2, deficit in the seventh inning on a Fernando Martinez blast but Norfolk tied the game in the eighth-inning, 5-5.

Josh Bell started the eighth inning for Norfolk by hitting a leadoff homerun into left-field to pull the Tides within one-run. Norfolk managed to manufacture the second run after Tyler Henson singled into left-field and moved to second on a wild-pitch. John Hester followed him with a single into left-field scoring Henson.

Luis Figueroa scored the Herd’s first run of the game, and leadoff the seventh-inning with a single into left-field. The red-hot Nick Evans followed him with a drive just inside of third base allowing Figueroa to move to third while Evans cruised into second.

With no outs Fernando Martinez approached the plate looking for his first hit of the game. He drove a homerun off the foul pole in right-field for his sixth-homerun of the season.

“It was nice to see Sweeny do a nice job out there and Feliciano hasn’t had that big-big hit in a while and he got one tonight so it was a great way to end the game,” Teufel said.

Game Notes: Nick Evans extended his hit-streak to 15-games in the first inning of Saturdays game driving a double down the right-field line…Valentino Pascucci grounded out in the first inning but in the process Luis Figueroa scored giving Pascucci his 47 RBI of the 2011 season…Nick Evans got his second hit of the game in the seventh-inning driving a double down the left-field line…Evans has multiple hits in, 11-15, games during his hit-streak…It was the Bisons fourth walk-off win of the 2011 season and the second time they have won on a Jesus Feliciano hit.

News & Notes: Game 77

Saturday, June 25, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (31-45, 6th(-13.0), North)
RHP Dylan Owen (2-4, 4.71)

Norfolk Tides (29-45, 4th(-12.0), South)
RHP Mitch Atkins (1-3, 3.06)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight the Bisons take on the Norfolk Tides in the second game of a four game series at Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Bisons 10-game homestand began last night with a 4-2 victory over the Tides. After this series come to an end on Monday, the Herd will take on the IronPigs for four games and the Chiefs for two.

VS. THE TIDES: Buffalo is now 3-2 against the Tides this season. The Bisons split a four-game series against the Tides last week in Norfolk. Since 2009, the Herd has won 13 of the last 20 games in the match-up against the Tides. Buffalo took three games of a four-game set the last time Norfolk visited Coca-Cola Field (May 14-17, 2010).

ON THE BUMP: RHP DYLAN OWEN will make his eighth start and 13th appearance tonight. The righty was a hard-luck loser his last time out, allowing just two runs in six innings in a 2-1 loss in Durham on Monday. Owen’s ERA as a starter this season is over five runs better than as a reliever. He has a 3.58ERA when starting the game and an 8.68ERA in five relief outings.

EVANS ALMIGHTY: INF NICK EVANS extended his hit streak with a go-ahead RBI-single in the seventh inning last night. His 14-game stretch is tied with Durham’s Lastings Milledge for the longest active streak in the league. Evans has averaged .473 (26-55) during a streak that began in May before a month-long promotion to the Mets. Ten of the 14 games during the Evans’s stretch have been multi-hit performances.

STARTING IT OFF: RHP DYLAN OWEN will look to close out a good week for the starting rotation. In the last six games, Herd starters have not allowed more than three earned runs in a start and have posted a 3.44ERA. During the stretch, the starters have allowed 34 hits in 34.0 innings with 21 strikeouts.

BISONS BITS: INF MICHAEL FISHER hit a double last night to add to his performance of getting a hit in 17 out of 18 games (21-69, .304)…LHP MICHAEL O’CONNOR picked up his third consecutive win which is  now currently tied for the longest winning streak with RHP DALE THAYER…RHP RYOTA IGARASHI has made 10 consecutive scoreless appearances (10.0IP).

METS UPDATE: The Mets (38-38) lost to the Rangers yesterday by an 8-1 score. OF JASON BAY had three of New York’s eight hits on the night. RHP MIKE PELFREY allowed four runs in six innings to take the loss. New York faces Texas again this afternoon at 4:10 p.m. Former Bisons LHP JON NIESE will start for the Mets.

Bisons start homestand strong

Nick Evans delivered a seventh-inning two-out base hit to give the Bisons the lead and the win over Norfolk at Coca-Cola Field on Friday Night, 4-2.

Bubba Bell slapped a single into right-field with one-out in the seventh, after Luis Figueroa flew-out Evans strolled to the plate. Bell managed to steal second, and then move to third on a wild-pitch. The stolen base was Bell’s second on the year.

Evans drove a single through the gap in right-center-field scoring Bell easily from third. The single extended Evans hit-streak to 14-games, the Herd’s longest active streak.

“It’s a, 3-2, count, I think the pitcher threw him a slider and Evans stayed on it and delivered once again,” manager Tim Teufel said.

The Bisons got on the board first in the bottom of the first-inning when Zach Lutz drove a home run over the right-center-field wall. It was his fourth homerun of the season and pushed his average to .326 in 27 games with the Bisons. In 14-games since being activated off the disabled list Lutz has hit .340 (17-50).

“That homerun to right-field was kind of majestic in a way because it was against the wind, it was high and it was far. Lutz put a really good swing on it,” said Teufel.

Lutz left the game after taking a pitch in the head during the fourth inning.

“It hit him in a good spot, right near the ear and there’s not much padding on the helmet there,” Teufel said. “He still has a little headache but we’ll be able to tell better tomorrow.”

Pat Misch worked six innings of two-run ball only setting the side down in order during the sixth and final-inning he pitched. Misch managed to catch one-runner attempting to steal in the fifth-inning with a great pick-off move to first.

“Pat did a great Job,” said Teufel. “He was around the plate the whole night. This is back-to-back outings where he’s pitched well, he’s very successful when he pitches down and in the knee area.”

The only runs Misch allowed came on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and then a leadoff homerun in the fifth inning.

Misch set down a season high seven Norfolk batters on strike-outs. He struck-out six batters in his first start of the season on an April 4, loss to Pawtucket. Misch left with a no-decision in his seventh start of the 2011 season.

“Tonight he had a really good fastball and he was elevating it and getting some strike-outs, but then he went back to the curveball and I think that’s a key pitch for him,” Teufel said.

Fernando Martinez added the fourth-run of the game with his fifth-homerun of the season. Martinez drove the ball into left-center field to give the herd a two-run lead.

Jason Botts ended the game by making a sliding catch in short left-field to retire the final Norfolk batter and give the Herd the win in the first game of a 10-game homestand.

Game Notes: Zach Lutz continued to be hot at the plate since returning from the disabled list driving a homerun over the wall in right-center-field during the first inning, Lutz left the game after being hit by a pitch in the helmet during the fourth inning…Pat Misch worked through six innings striking out seven Norfolk batters, and giving up two-runs, one coming on a homerun I the fifth inning…Nick Evans continues his hot-streak hitting in his 14th consecutive game.

News & Notes: Game 76

Buffalo Bisons (30-45, 6th(-14.0), North) vs. Norfolk Tides (29-44, 4th(-12.0), South)

Friday, June 24, 2011 (7:35 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field

LHP Pat Misch (2-4, 5.33) vs. RHP Steve Johnson (0-2, 15.09)

Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

 TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons begin a four-game series against the Norfolk Tides at Coca-Cola Field (7:35 p.m.). The Bisons are coming off a 3-5 roadtrip that began on June 16 and included a split of a four-game series against the Tides. Tonight’s game also marks the start of a season-long 10-game homestand against the Tides, IronPigs, and Chiefs.

 VS. THE TIDES: The Bisons split a four-game series against the Tides last week in Norfolk. Since 2009, the Herd has won 12 of the last 19 games in the match-up against the Tides. Buffalo took three games of a four-game set the last time Norfolk visited Coca-Cola Field (May 14-17, 2010).

 ON THE BUMP: LHP PAT MISCH will make his seventh start for the Bisons this year tonight. The 29-year old southpaw is coming off the club’s first complete game of the season as he worked seven innings in a rain-shortened contest in Norfolk on Sunday. Misch allowed two runs on four hits as the Bisons beat the Tides 16-2. On May 15, 2010, Misch threw a nine-inning complete game over the Tides in a 4-0 victory at Coca-Cola Field.

 EVANS ALMIGHTY: INF/OF NICK EVANS has the longest active hit streak currently for the Herd. The slugger has hit in 13 straight games. Evans has averaged .490 (25-51) during a streak that began in May before a month-long promotion to the Mets. Ten of the 13 games during the Evans’s stretch have been multi-hit performances. Evans also leads the Bisons with 20 multi-hit games.

 HAPPY RETURNS: INF ZACH LUTZ is hitting .327 (16-49) in 13 games since being activated off the disabled list. The slugger had a double, two home runs and six RBI during the team’s last roadtrip. Lutz is now hitting .318 (28-88) in 26 games with the Bisons this season.

 BISONS BITS: OF JESUS FELICIANO and INF MICHAEL FISHER lost their hit streaks of 10 games (12-38, .316) and 16 games (20-66, .303), respectively…RHP RYOTA IGARASHI has pitched scoreless relief in six straight appearances (8.0IP)…INF LUIS HERNANDEZ hit .444 (4-9) with five RBI in two games against Norfolk last week.

 METS UPDATE: The Mets (37-38) defeated Oakland yesterday by a 4-1 score. SS JOSE REYES went 2-4 with a run and two RBI. LHP CHRIS CAPUANO tossed six shutout innings with seven strikeouts to improve to 6-7 on the year. The Mets head to Texas tonight to face the Rangers for the first time this season (8:05 p.m.).

Bisons drop finale in Durham

The Bisons went into Thursday night’s game looking for series split and a, 4-4, recond on their road trip but they ran into Durham starter Alexander Torres who dominated Bisons batters striking out a season high 12-batters while giving up only three-hits at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The Bisons dropped the final game of the road trip, 4-1. The herd couldn’t put across a run against Torres putting just six-runners on base and getting just two runners into scoring position in the seven-innings that he pitched.

As soon as Torres was gone Nick Evans slammed a homerun over the blue monster in left-field in the eighth-inning putting up the Bisons only run. Evans continued his hit-streak in the fourth inning with a double into center-field, for a 13-game stretch. In 10 of the 13 games Evans has gotten multiple hits.

Jesus Feliciano was the only Bison not to strikeout Thursday, in three appearances he walked, flew-out and was hit by a pitch. The herd went down on strikes 15 times Thursday night, three Bisons struck out multiple times.

Michael Fisher struck out three times in four appearances at the plate failing to get a hit and continue his 16-game hitting streak.

The Bisons fell behind in the second-inning after a one-out double put Jose Lobaton on third, and Robinson Chirinos on second. Leslie Anderson hit a slow groundball that Michael Fisher bobbled, unable to get off a throw to first for an out Durham scored their first run.

Anderson added a second RBI in the fourth-inning with his sixth-homerun of the season putting Durham ahead by two. The Bulls added a run in fifth and seventh inning to pull ahead by four.

Bisons starter Jack Egbert made his first appearance for the herd after missing 191-games after going through ‘Tommy John’ surgery during spring training in 2010. After the last out in the top of the first inning Egbert raced onto the field ahead of his teammates eager to pitch.

Egbert went 4.1 innings, striking out two, walking four and giving up three-runs. Raul Chavez helped Egbert escape a jam in the third throwing out a-would be base stealer after Egbert walked the runner. Egbert followed the play by walking two straight before getting Lobaton to fly-out.

The Herd ended the road trip, 3-5, after dropping three-games to Durham at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Game Notes: Michael Fishers league leading hit-streak came to an end Thursday at 16-games…Nick Evans pushed his hit-streak to 13-games with another multi-hit game, his 10th game in the 13-game hit streak in which he has had multiple-hits…Jack Egbert made his first Triple-A start for the Bisons…The Bisons went down on strikes 15 times during Thursdays game…Buffalo has won just twice in their last 11-games at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.