June 2011

News & Notes: Game 75

Thursday, June 23, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (30-44, T4th(-14.0), North)
RHP Jack Egbert (NR)

Durham Bulls (40-32, 1st(+2.0), South)
LHP Alexander Torres (3-5, 4.06)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Durham Bulls in the final of a four-game series from Durham Bulls Athletic Park (7:05 p.m.). The Bisons need a win tonight to earn a split in the four game series with the Bulls. A victory would also give Buffalo a split of their eight-game roadtrip that began in Norfolk. After tonight’s, the Herd will return home for a 10-game homestand against the Tides, IronPigs and Chiefs.

VS. THE BULLS: The Bisons are 1-2 against the Bulls this season. Buffalo has just two wins in their last 11 games at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Since 2009, the home team has won 15 of 19 games in the match-up between the Bisons and the Bulls. The season series shifts to Buffalo, August 12-15.

TODAY’S STARTER: RHP JACK EGBERT will make his Bisons debut tonight. The 28-year old righty has missed 191 games on the Herd’s DL after having ‘Tommy John’ surgery in spring camp in 2010. Egbert was injured pitching in an exhibition game for the Bisons on March 25, 2010. Egbert has made five starts for Single-A St. Lucie this season, going 0-2 with a 4.37ERA.

GONE FISHIN’: INF MICHAEL FISHER’S has tied OF KIRK NIEUWENHUIS for a Bisons’ season high with his 16-game hit streak. Since June 6, Fisher has averaged .303 (20-66) with five doubles, four home runs and 11RBI. The streak is four games longer than any active streak in the International League.

EVANS ALMIGHTY: INF/OF NICK EVANS is tied for the second-longest active hit streak in the IL. The slugger has hit in 12 straight games. Evans has averaged .489 (23-47) during a streak that began in May before a month-long promotion to the Mets. Nine of the 12 games during the Evans’s stretch have been multi-hit performances.

BISONS BITS: OF JESUS FELICIANO is the fifth Bisons batter to reach double digits with a hit streak. He has hit in 10 straight with a .316 (12-38) average..RHP RYOTA IGARASHI has pitched scoreless relief in six straight appearances (8.0IP)…RHP JACK EGBERT will be the 47th player to appear in a game for the Bisons this year. He will be the 13th pitcher to start for the Herd.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (36-38) defeated Oakland last night in 13 innings by a 3-2 score. All three runs were driven in by former Bisons, as INF JUSTIN TURNER drove in two and OF LUCAS DUDA BAY added his fifth RBI of the season. The Mets host Oakland for the rubber match of their series this afternoon.

Tough afternoon for Herd in heat

Michael Fisher extended his hit streak to 16 games, tying the season best for all Bisons, but the Herd dropped an afternoon affair at the Durham Bulls, 9-3, Wednesday.

Fisher tied Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ 16-game streak with a single in the seventh. The mark also leads all active streaks in the International League.

After Fernando Martinez and Valentino Pascucci worked first-inning walks against Dirk Hayhurst, Botts gave the Herd an early lead with a single for his third RBI in two games.

Durham tied the game with a Jose Lobaton solo home run in the second, but in the next inning Valentino Pascucci reclaimed the lead with his own solo shot over the “Blue Monster” in left field. Pascucci leads all Bisons with 46 RBI on the season.

Bisons starter Mark Cohoon ran into more trouble in the third, when Brandon Guyer doubled with Desmond Jennings on third to tie the game and later scored on a Russ Canzler single.

Hayhurst exited the start after four innings, his shortest start of the season, allowing two runs on four hits with three walks, a hit batter and three strikeouts.

Cohoon left his start trailing 4-2 with two outs and two runners on base in the fifth. Mike O’Connor finished the fifth as part of two scoreless innings in relief. In total Cohoon allowed four runs (three earned) on 10 hits with two strikeouts and no walks.

Nick Evans backed up his four-hit game Tuesday with a 2-for-4 Wednesday including a double. Since returning to the Bisons June 16, Evans is 14-for-27.

Reigning IL MVP Dan Johnson provided some insurance for Durham with a three-run home run against Dale Thayer as part of a five-run ninth inning.

Game Notes: Martinez returned to the lineup as the designated hitter after sitting out since June 16, the first day of the road trip… Shortstop Luis Figueroa left the game with an injury in the fifth. Luis Hernandez moved from second base to short, Fisher from third to second and Zach Lutz entered the game at third… The Bisons look for a split of the series and the eight-game road trip Thursday night.

News & Notes: Game 74

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 (1:05 p.m.) – Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (30-43, T4th(-15.0), North)
LHP Mark Cohoon (1-3, 9.00)

Durham Bulls (39-32, 1st(+1.0), South)
RHP Dirk Hayhurst (3-1, 3.32)

TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Bisons take on the Durham Bulls in the third game of a four-game series from Durham Bulls Athletic Park (7:05 p.m.).  The Bisons are 3-3 so far on this eight-game roadtrip that began with a four-game split in Norfolk. After tomorrow’s series finale, the Herd returns home for a 10-game homestand against the Tides, IronPigs and Chiefs.

VS. THE BULLS: The Bisons and Bulls have split the first two games of their season series. Last night’s 9-1 victory was Buffalo’s first at Durham Bulls Athletic Park since a 9-3 win on May 29, 2009. The Herd had lost eight straight in Durham. Since 2009, the home team has won 14 of 18 games in this match-up.

TODAY’S STARTER: LHP MARK COHOON will make his fifth career Triple-A start this afternoon. The southpaw has lost three straight after debuting with the Bisons with a victory on May 30 in Charlotte. Cohoon has worked five innings in all four of his starts with the Herd. He allowed only three runs in five innings in his last outing, June 17 in Norfolk.

GONE FISHIN’: INF MICHAEL FISHER’S 15-game hit streak is now just one game shy of OF KIRK NIEUWENHUIS’S team-high 16-game stretch in April. Fisher had two hits and two runs scored last night and is now hitting .311 (19-61) since June 6. In 21 road games this season, Fisher has averaged .341 (30-88) with five doubles, four home runs and 11RBI.

ROSTER MOVE: RHP JACK EGBERT has been promoted from Single-A St. Lucie and will start for the Bisons tomorrow. The righty missed all of last season and 47 games this season after right shoulder surgery in 2009. He was 0-2 with a 4.37ERA in five starts with St. Lucie. To make roster room, RHP JOSH STINSON has been transferred to Double-A Binghamton.

BISONS BITS: OF NICK EVANS has hit in 11 straight Triple-A games around a month-long promotion to New York. Since May 12, Evans has averaged .488 (21-43) with eight multi-hit games…RHP RYOTA IGARASHI has pitched scoreless relief in six straight appearances (8.0IP)…OF JASON BOTTS finished a single away from the cycle yesterday, going 3-4 with a two RBI and three runs… Fernando Martinez will serve as the Herd’s DH, in the lineup for the first time since Thursday when he left with right knee soreness.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (35-38) lost 7-3 to the A’s last night. Former Bisons’ ace RHP DILLON GEE lost for the first time this season. The righty gave up four runs in four innings to fall to 7-1 on the year. OF JASON BAY was a perfect 3-3 with his third home run of the season. The Mets host Oakland again at 7:10 p.m. tonight.

Bisons in full support of Schwinden

A near-cycle by Jason Botts, four Nick Evans hits and a quality start by Chris Schwindenhelped the Bisonseven the series with a game two 9-1winover the Bulls Tuesday night in Durham.

Buffalo jumped on Bulls starter Lance Cormier early, benefitting from a pair of Durham mistakes.

After Luis Figueroa reached on an error by Durham second baseman Felipe Lopez and a Michael Fisher single, Cormier balked in the game’s first run. Buffalo took a second run when Valentino Pascuccihit into a double play with Fisher on second and Zach Lutz, who singled, on first.

Figueroa again reached on an error in the second, when Cormier’s errant toss to first hit him in the back before the Buffalo shortstop reached second base. Cormier was also credited with a fielding error before the throw, but escaped the inning with a diving stop by first baseman Russ Canzlerfor a ground out by Fisher.

Nick Evans made it a 3-0 lead, driving in Bottsafter he lined a double off the “blue monster” wall in left field. After a 4-for-5 night, Evans has eight multi-hit games in his last 11. Jesus Feliciano drove in Evans with a single to give Schwindena four-run cushion.

Schwinden cruised with three hitless innings before three singles and a sacrifice fly by Canzlercut the lead to 4-1 in the fourth. He allowed just that run, three hits and a walk over six innings, striking out three.

Cormier left after four innings, his longest start as a Bull, allowing four runs (only one earned) on six hits with three strikeouts and a walk.

Cormier’s reliever, Ryan Reid, allowed an RBI triple to Bottsand Evans’ third single, scoring Bottsin the fifth.

With a seventh-inning solo shot, Bottshit just a single shy of the cycle. Bottsflew out to center field in a nine-pitch battle with Mike Eckstromin his final plate appearance.

Lutz sealed the game with a two-run homer in the ninth, his second bomb of the series.

Game Notes: Fisher takes his hit streak to 15 games, the longest active stretch in the International League… Schwinden(4-3) took the win for the first time since May 16 after two losses and three no-decisions… Ryotapitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings before John Lujan closed out the ninth.

News & Notes: Game 73

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (29-43, T4th(-15.0), North)
RHP Chris Schwinden (3-3, 3.19)

Durham Bulls (39-31, 1st(+2.0), South)
RHP Lance Cormier (0-0, 1.59)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Durham Bulls in the second  game of a four-game series from Durham Bulls Athletic Park (7:05 p.m.). The Herd lost the series opener to the Bulls on Monday night by a score of 2-1. After Thursday, the Bisons return home for a season-long 10-game homestand against Norfolk, Lehigh Valley and Syracuse.

VS. THE BULLS: The Bisons are 0-1 against Durham this season. Last year, the home team ruled this season series with seven of the eight wins. The pattern continued last night as Durham won the series opener. Since 2009, the home team has won 14 of 17 games in this match-up.

ON THE BUMP: RHP CHRIS SCHWINDEN will make his 13th start of the season for the Bisons tonight. The righty did not factor into the decision in his last outing on June 16 against Norfolk after allowing three runs (one earned) in 5.2 innings of work. He also struck out seven Tides’ batters. On the year, Schwinden is 3-3 and leads all Buffalo starters with a 3.19ERA and 57 strikeouts.

GONE FISHIN’: INF MICHAEL FISHER owns the longest active hit streak in the International League. The Triple-A rookie has hit in 14 straight contests with a .304 (17-56) batting average. Fisher has also added four doubles, five RBI and 11 runs scored during the stretch. The streak is the second longest for a Bisons batter this season (OF KIRK NIEUWENHUIS, 16 games).

EVANS ALMIGHTY: INF/OF NICK EVANS brings a 10-game hit streak into action tonight. Evans has averaged .447 (17-38) during a streak that began in May before a month-long promotion to the Mets. The slugger is the fourth Bisons batter to reach double-digit games in a hit streak this year. Evans has had a very productive roadtrip thus far, batting .444 (8-18) with six RBI.

BISONS BITS: OF JESUS FELICIANO has an eight-game hit streak heading into tonight (.323, 10-31)…INF ZACH LUTZ hit his first home run since April 12 in last night’s loss. Lutz missed 44 games with a right hamstring injury and a left ring finger injury….The Bisons last victory at Durham Bulls Athletic Park was a 9-3 win on May 29, 2009.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (35-37) had an off day on Monday as they get ready to host the Oakland Athletics for a three game series. Former Bisons’ ace RHP DILLON GEE gets the start tonight. He has won his first seven decisions of the season and looks to snap the Athletics’ five-game winning streak.

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