June 2011

Jennings blast enough for Bulls

On a hot Monday night in Durham, the Bisons could only muster one run on nine hits in a 2-1 loss to the Bulls.

Jason Botts represented the tying run with a pinch-hit, two-out single in the ninth, but reliever Jake McGee saved the game with a ground out hit by Mike Nickeas.

The Bisons managed three first-inning hits against Durham starter Chris Bootcheck, but couldn’t score. With Luis Figueroa on third, Bootcheck caught Michael Fisher in a rundown at first, but first baseman Dan Johnson made a throw home just in time to catch a sneaking Figueroa.

After a single by Valentino Pascucci put Fisher on third, Bootcheck rebounded to retire the next 10 batters he faced until a fifth-inning leadoff single by Nick Evans.

Fisher’s first-inning single extended his hitting streak to 14 games, the best active streak in the International League. Nick Evans also extended a streak to 10 games with a 2-for-4 night.

Bootcheck allowed one earned run on seven hits with five strikeouts without a walk.

Durham’s Desmond Jennings powered a Dylan Owen pitch over the right field wall for a two-run home run in the bottom of the third, the game’s first score. Over six innings, Owen allowed six hits with the two runs off the home run, striking out five to two walks.

Zach Lutz hit a long ball of his own, cutting the lead in half with a solo home run to left field in the sixth inning against Bootcheck.

Game Notes: Monday’s game marked the first between the Herd and the Bulls. The Bulls won the 2010 series 5-3… Dale Thayer, a former Bull, pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings in relief of Owen… Jesus Feliciano stretched his hit streak to eight games with a single in the seventh inning… The game started with a temperature of 85 degrees.

News & Notes: Game 72

Monday, June 20, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (29-42, T5th(-14.0), North)
RHP Dylan Owen (2-3, 5.00)

Durham Bulls (38-31, 1st(+2.0), South)
RHP Chris Bootcheck (2-1, 3.82)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Durham Bulls in the first  game of a four-game series from Durham Bulls Athletic Park (7:05 p.m.). The Herd began this eight-game roadtrip with a series split in Norfolk. After Thursday, the Bisons return home for a season-long 10-game homestand against Norfolk, Lehigh Valley and Syracuse.

VS. THE BULLS: Tonight’s contest is the Bisons first against Durham this year. Last season, the home team ruled this season series. Buffalo won three of four at Coca-Cola Field (April 27-30), while the Bulls swept the Herd at DBAP (June 8-11). In the last two seasons, the home team has won 13 of 16 games in games between the Bisons and the Bulls.

ON THE BUMP: RHP DYLAN OWEN makes his seventh start and 12th appearance for the Bisons today. The righty lost his last outing on June 13 against Columbus after allowing three runs in 4.2 innings of work. As a starter this season, Owen is 2-3 with a 3.71ERA in six appearances.

GONE FISHIN’: INF MICHAEL FISHER owns the longest active hit streak in the International League. The Triple-A rookie has hit in 13 straight contests with a .308 (16-52) 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 nine-game hit streak into action tonight. Evans has averaged .441 (15-34) during a streak that began in May before a month-long promotion to the Mets. Evans drove in five runs yesterday for the first time as a Bison, going 2-4 with three runs scored.

BISONS BITS: Today is the 14th anniversary on the Bisons lone modern era no-hitter. RHP BARTOLO COLON tossed a no-no in a 4-0 victory over the New Orleans Zyphers on June 20, 1997…The Bisons batted around twice yesterday in scoring a season-high 16 runs. It was the most runs scored by the Herd since the final game of the 2010 season (16-1 win over Rochester, 9/6/10)…OF JESUS FELICIANO has a seven-game hit streak (.333, 9-27).

METS UPDATE: The Mets (35-37) lost to the Angels yesterday by a 7-3 score. OF CARLOS BELTRAN went 1-2 with an RBI and three walks. Former Bisons INF RUBEN TEJADA and C JOSH THOLE each had two hits in the loss. The Mets are off tonight and will welcome in the Oakland A’s for a three-game set starting Tuesday.

News & Notes: Game 71

Sunday, June 19, 2011 (1:15 p.m.) – Harbor Park
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (28-42, 6th(-14.0), North)

Norfolk Tides (27-41, 4th(-10.0), South)

TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Bisons take on the Norfolk Tides in the final game of a four-game series from Harbor Park (1:15 p.m.). Trailing 2-1 in the series, the Herd needs a win today to earn a split of the four-game set. The roadtrip continues for Buffalo tomorrow as the Bisons will travel to Durham Bulls Athletic Park for a four-game series with the Bulls.

VS. THE TIDES: The Bisons are 1-2 against the Tides this year and are in danger of losing their first series at Norfolk since 2004. The Herd lost three of five games in an extended series, May 29 – June 1, 2004 (rainout in Buffalo). That is the only series the Bisons have ever lost at Harbor Park. The Herd has eight series wins (two sweeps) and four splits in Norfolk since 1998.

GONE FISHIN’: INF MICHAEL FISHER now owns the second-longest hit streak for a Bison this year. Since June 6, Fisher has hit in 12 straight games, averaging .292 (14-48) with three doubles, five RBI and nine runs scored. It’s the longest active streak in the International League and only four games shorter than OF KIRK NIEUWENHUIS’S team-high 16-game stretch in April.

IN THE WATER: OF JESUS FELICIANO continues to enjoy Tides’ pitching. In 16 career games against Norfolk, the veteran has averaged .368 (25-68) with 10 runs scored and 11RBI. Feliciano had three hits last night and will bring a six-game hit streak into today’s action. Since June 9, Feliciano has averaged .333 (8-24) with a double and a run scored.

EVANS ALMIGHTY: INF/OF NICK EVANS extended his hit streak to eight games last night. Evans has averaged .433 (13-30) during a streak that began in May before a month-long promotion to the Mets.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (35-36) defeated the Angles, 6-1, last night from Citi Field. RHP MIKE PELFREY pitched a complete game, allowing just one run on five hits with five strikeouts. OF CARLOS BELTRAN homered and drove in three. The Mets host the Angles for the rubber-match of their three-game set today at 1:10 p.m.

News & Notes: Game 70

Saturday, June 18, 2011 (7:15 p.m.) – Harbor Park
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (28-41, 6th(-14.0), North)
RHP Josh Stinson (3-6, 6.75)

Norfolk Tides (26-41, 4th(-10.0), South)
RHP Chris Tillman (1-1, 4.11)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Norfolk Tides in the third game of a four-game series from Harbor Park (7:15 p.m.). The series is tied at one after the Herd’s 7-4 win on Thursday night and the Tides 9-0 victory last night. Following tomorrow’s game, Buffalo travels to Durham for four games.

VS. THE TIDES: The Bisons are 1-1 against the Tides. The Herd won last year’s season series 6-2 and has won 10 of its last 13 games against Norfolk. Buffalo has been especially good at Harbor Park with a 36-18 record in 54 games at the Tides’ home (.667 winning percentage).

ON THE BUMP: RHP JOSH STINSON will make his team-high 13th start of the season tonight. The righty is looking to bounce back from back-to-back losses during the team’s most recent homestand. In the three starts before those losses, Stinson was 2-0 with a 2.45ERA. In his last road test, Stinson allowed three runs (2ER) in six innings of a no-decision in Charlotte on June 2.

GONE FISHIN’: INF MICHAEL FISHER brings an 11-game hit streak into tonight’s action. The streak is tied with INF LUIS FIGUEROA for the second-longest for a Bison this season (OF KIRK NIEUWENHUIS, 16 games). Since June 6, Fisher has hit .302 (13-43) with three doubles, four RBI and eight runs scored. Since May 29, Fisher has hit in 17 of 19 games with the Herd.

EVANS ALMIGHTY: INF/OF NICK EVANS reached base four times last night with a single, a double and two walks. He had a five-game hit streak when he was promoted to the Mets on May 18 and will now take a seven-game stretch into tonight’s action. Five of the seven games have been multi-hit as Evans has averaged .462 (12-26) with four doubles and four RBI.

BISONS BITS: INF LUIS FIGUEROA saw his 11-game hit streak come to an end last night. The infielder had averaged .405 (15-27) from June 5-16…INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI has 43RBI in 56 games this season, or six more runs driven in than he had in 72 games with the Herd last season…Bisons’ catchers lead the International League with 30 caught stealings and a 39.5% success rate in throwing out would-be base stealers.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (34-36) lost their second straight with a 4-3 defeat to the Angels. Former Bisons OF ANGEL PAGAN had two hits and two RBI for the Mets. LHP CHRIS CAPUANO allowed just two earned runs in six innings but fell to 5-7 on the year. New York hosts Los Angeles again today at 7:10 p.m.

Norfolk sinks Bisons, 9-0

The Bisons fell to Norfolk, 9-0, after the Tides exploded for seven-runs in the sixth inning of Friday night’s game at Harbor Park.

Bisons starter Mark Cohoon worked through the first five-innings allowing one-run and spreading out three-singles and a couple of walks before he got into trouble in the sixth.

Cohoon gave up a leadoff single to Brandon Snyder and then a quick homerun to Jake Fox to put the Tide ahead, 3-0. It was Fox’s second homerun in triple-A in only his sixth game at this level. Cohoon was pulled from the game following the homerun.

Brian Sweeny came in from the bullpen, and started things off by walking Josh Bell. Sweeny proceeded to give up five-runs on three-hits, after walking two batters and striking out two. He left with runners on second and third.

John Lujan entered the game to face Snyder in his second at-bat of the inning. Lujan gave up a single to Snyder scoring two more runs and giving the Tides an, 8-0, lead. After walking Fox, Lujan got Josh Bell to fly out to center-field.

The Tide added another run in the eighth inning for his third RBI of the game. Fox went two-for-three scoring one run in the process.

The Bisons failed to plate a run in the game, only the fourth time in the 2011 season that they have been kept off the scoreboard. The Herd nearly plated a run in the third inning when Nick Evans was thrown out at home.

In the ninth inning the Bisons loaded the bases with two-outs but Jose Diaz managed to get Luis Hernandez to fly out to close out the game.

Game Notes: Michael Fisher extended his hit streak to 11-games while Luis Figueroa failed to get a hit ending his hit streak at 11-games…It was only the fourth time this season that the Bisons have been kept off the scoreboard…The Bisons are now 6-3 in their last nine games against Tides and go to 36-18 at Harbor Park, the home of the Norfolk Tides…Buffalo Pitching walked eight batters in Friday night’s game.