July 2011

Bisons bombarded by Yankees

During his first game, in his first at-bat Mike Baxter sent the first pitch he saw in a Bisons uniform over the right field wall. The last time a Bisons player homered in his first at-bat was Javier Valentin on May 15, 2009.
Baxter’s home run gave the Herd an early lead that wouldn’t last past the fourth inning as the Yankee’s piled on 11 runs, steam rolling the Bisons 11-2 at Coca-Cola Field on Tuesday night.

“I was just trying to move the runner there and he gave me a pitch inside that worked well,” said Baxter.

Baxter had just been activated from Single-A St. Lucie after Jose De La Torre was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder impingement. Baxter finished the night 1-3 with a walk and two RBI on the homer run.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s 11 runs were powered by three home runs, a two-run home run, a solo-home run, and a three-run blast that gave the Yankees a nine-run lead. Five of the 11 runs driven in came with two outs in the inning.

“We faced a good team, they hit some good pitches actually,” said manager Tim Teufel. “Sometimes the hitters do beat th pitchers, and tonight that was the case.”

Yankees top prospect Jesus Montero drove in four runs, including three on a home run in the sixth-inning. Taylor Tankersley was the only Bisons pitcher to retire Montero, striking him out in the eighth inning.

Greg Golson was the only Yankee not to get a hit Tuesday night but still managed to score three runs.

The only Yankee to be kept out of the hit column was Greg Golson, but that didn’t stop him from scoring three-runs.

“They beat you different ways the long ball a few times, the gaps, so when you face a good oppenant you have to be on your game all the way around,” Teufel said.

Until Tuesday night all previous nine games between the Bisons and the Yankees were decided by four runs or less. The Bisons fell to 26-29 at Coca-Cola Field, and 4-6 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.

Game Notes: The Bisons activated Mike Baxter from Single-A St. Lucie and placed Jose De La Torre on the disabled list with a right shoulder impingement…Baxter drove the first pitch he saw in a Bisons uniform out of Coca-Cola Field, the last time that was done it was May 15, 2009 when Javier Valentin hit a home run in his first Bisons at-bat…The Yankees fell a grand slam short of a home run cycle getting a solo-home run, a two-run homerun and a three-run homerun Tuesday night…Tuesday was the first game between the Herd and Yankees that wasn’t decided by four-runs or less.

News & Notes: Game 104

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field

TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet HD 713         
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (43-60, 5th(-17.0), North)
LHP Pat Misch (5-5, 4.38)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (54-47, 3rd(-5.0), North)
RHP DJ Mitchell (7-7, 3.12)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons host the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees to begin a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd avoided a series sweep by Pawtucket last night with an 8-7 victory. Buffalo is 26-28 at home this season. Following Friday’s homestand finale, the Bisons will begin a 10-game roadtrip in Lehigh Valley.

VS. THE YANKEES: The Bisons are 4-5 against the Yankees this season. The teams split a four-game set at Coca-Cola Field from May 9-12. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre earned a 2-1 series win at PNC Field, April 13-15. The last time the two teams met they split two games in Moosic, July 6-7. All nine meetings this year have been decided by four runs or less.

DISCH ON MISCH: LHP PAT MISCH will make his 15th appearance for the Bisons this season tonight. In his last outing, Misch went 6.2 innings and allowed only two runs in a victory at Syracuse on July 21. On the year, the southpaw leads the team in with eight quality starts and 6.1 innings per start. In his last seven starts, Misch is 4-1 with a 3.02ERA (44.2IP, 15ER).

Mr. VP: INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI has 20RBI in 12 games since the break. The slugger now has 70RBI on the season, four more than any other hitter in the International League. Pascucci also leads the IL with 56 walks and is tied for third with a .389 on-base percentage. In 162 career games as a Bison, Pascucci has 32 home runs and 107RBI.

LUIS, LUIS: INF LUIS FIGUEROA has hit in 10 of 12 games since the All-Star Break with a .314 (16-51) batting average. Seven of those 16 hits are doubles as the veteran also has four RBI and seven runs scored in the last two weeks. Figueroa’s .304 average is the 12th highest in the International League.

BISONS BITS: RHP DALE THAYER collected his 11th save of the season last night. The last Bisons pitcher to notch 12 saves in a season was RHP Rick Bauer in 2008 (15 total saves)…RHP MIGUEL BATISTA became the third Bisons starter to notch nine strikeouts in a start this season, matching RHP Chris Schwinden and RHP D.J. Carrasco.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (51-51) defeated the Reds in the first game of a four-game series last night by a score of 4-2. INF DANIEL MURPHY had two doubles and two RBI. RHP R.A. DICKEY allowed just two runs in 6.2 innings for the victory. The Mets are in Cincinnati again tonight at 7:10 p.m.

Perez triples sets Bisons win

Pawtucket erased a four-run Buffalo lead in the eighth, but a Fernando Perez triple and Mike Nickeas sacrifice fly reclaimed the lead for a 8-7 Bisons win Monday night at Coca-Cola Field.

“Fernando did a good job. He ambushed (reliever Royce Ring) and hit a triple into the gap,” Nickeas said. “He’s a new addition to our team, so it’s great for him that he’s contributing for us. I was looking to drive something in the air if it was in.”

Starter Miguel Batista complimented his team’s ability to come back for the win after stopping a three-game losing streak.

“We wanted to create that environment,” Batista said. “A lot of young guys don’t understand that winning is a habit. It is an attitude that you need to take out there. You just don’t go out there to play. You go out there to win.”

A day after blowing a save, Dale Thayer held on for his 11th of the year after a leadoff single by Ronald Bermudez.

Manager Tim Teufel said he had no reservations bringing Thayer right back to close a game.

“That’s his role,” Teufel said. “Once we took the lead, it was a signal to the bench to get him ready.

“He pitched well enough to get us the win,” Teufel added.

After a Nate Spears leadoff home run, Batista struck out nine over six innings. The righty, 40, allowed two runs on three hits with two walks.

“Early on he was a little slow to quick,” said Nickeas, the catcher. “His tempo got much better as the game improved. He’s still getting back into it, especially in a starting role.”

Fellow major league veteran Kevin Millwood left his start after five innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits.

Jason Botts quickly took back the lead with a two-run double in the first. Luis Figueroa later broke a 2-2 tie in the fourth, scoring Josh Satin and Jesus Felician with a single.

Satin added to the lead in the fifth, when his single brought Botts home from second. Valentino Pascucci gave Buffalo’s bullpen a 7-3 cushion on a two-run home run just out of the reach of a jumping center fielder Bermudez.

However Pawtucket charged back against Gustavo Chacin, with Hector Luna’s three-run homer tying the game after Daniel Nava scored on a wild pitch.

Brian Sweeney, who earned the win, replaced Chacin in the eighth, striking out the side to preserve a 7-7 tie.

Game Notes: Millwood brought 158 career major league wins to Batista’s 99 into Monday’s game… Chacin made his second appearance for Buffalo since joining the team July 18… Pascucci leads the Herd with 70 RBIs and 15 homers.

News & Notes: Game 103

Monday, July 25, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet 13
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (42-60, 5th(-17.0), North)
RHP Miguel Batista (0-0, 8.68)

Pawtucket Red Sox (59-44, 2nd(-1.0), North)
RHP Kevin Millwood (5-0, 4.14)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons host the Pawtucket Red Sox in the finale of a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The PawSox have won the first three games of the set by scores of 4-2, 4-1 and 7-6. After tonight’s game, the Bisons will welcome in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees for a four-game series. Buffalo is 25-28 at home this season.

VS. THE RED SOX: The Bisons are winless in their last seven games against Pawtucket and only 2-9 against the Red Sox this season. Six of the last seven defeats have come by three runs or less. Buffalo has been outscored 58 to 33 in 11 games against Pawtucket this season.

BATISTA ON THE BUMP: RHP MIGUEL BATISTA will make his third start as a Bison tonight. In his last outing, Batista went 3.2 innings and allowed six runs (5 earned) at Syracuse on July 20. He started the 2011 season with the St. Louis Cardinals where he was 3-2 and made 26 appearances before being released in late June. Since then he has made four appearances with the Herd and has recorded a 8.68ERA.

VETERAN PITCHING: Tonight RHP MIGUEL BATISTA will face off against Pawtucket’s RHP KEVIN MILLWOOD. Together, the two have combined for 258 Major League wins. Batista, who broke into the bigs in 1992, has played 17 seasons and won a World Series Championship with Arizona in 2001. Millwood was a National League All-Star with Atlanta in 1999 and led the American League with a 2.86ERA in 2005 with Cleveland.

Mr. VP: INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI has 18RBI in 11 games since the break. The slugger now has 68RBI on the season and now stands at the top of the International League. Pascucci also leads the IL with 56 walks and is fourth with a .388 on-base percentage. In 161 career games as a Bison, Pascucci has 31 home runs and 105RBI.

PawSox homers sink Bisons Sunday

Josh Satin’s first Triple-A home run pushed the Bisons ahead in the eighth, but Lars Anderson responded with his own two-run homer, taking a 7-6 Pawtucket win Sunday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field.

Satin had a chance for a walk-off, but center-fielder Che-Hsuan Lin made a running catch to end the game and strand two runners.

“I hit it well, barely off the end of the bat,” Satin said. “It’s just a learning process for me. I wish I could’ve come through for the team, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

In a save opportunity Dale Thayer pitched allowed a run on a Daniel Nava sacrifice fly and walked Ryan Lavarnway before the game-winning blast.

Satin’s homer against Hideki Okajima scored Jason Botts, who had walked, in a 4-4 tie.

“At that point I just wanted to get a hit to get the rally started,” Satin said. “To hit a home run was definitely something that I wasn’t thinking about but it was great for me personally and, at the time, for the team.”

Tony Thomas blasted his third homer in Buffalo and eighth of the season, giving the PawSox a 2-0 second-inning lead.

After a single and a stolen base, Fernando Perez raced home and Luis Figueroa moved from first to third on a fielding error by first baseman Anderson off the bat of Jesus Feliciano.

On the next pitch, Valentino Pascucci brought both runners home on a broken-bat double to right.

In the fourth, Luis Exposito tied the game at three with a leadoff homer off the left-field foul pole.

Starter Dylan Owen allowed four earned runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings, taking a no decision.

“Owen did a great job,” manager Tim Teufel said. “It was just the bullpen at the end. (It) let things get away from us a little bit.”

With the game still tied at four, Thomas nearly took back the lead in the top of the eighth, but his long center-field hit with Nate Spears on first bounced out of play, holding the runner at third for a ground rule double.

Game Notes: Thomas hit grand slams during the teams’ first series of the season on April 9th and 11th… Pascucci leads the Herd with 68 RBIs… Satin hit 11 home runs in Double-A Binghamton, where he started the season… Pawtucket leads the season series, 9-2, winning the last few seven.