July 2011

News & Notes: Game 102

Sunday, July 24, 2011 (1:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (42-59, 5th(-16.0), North)
RHP Dylan (4-5, 4.35)

Pawtucket Red Sox (57-44, 2nd(-1.0), North)
RHP Jeremy Kehrt (1-0, 5.40)

TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Buffalo Bisons host the Pawtucket Red Sox for the third game of a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field (1:05 p.m.). The PawSox have won the first two games of the set by scores of 4-2 and 4-1. After tomorrow’s series finale, the Bisons will welcome in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees for a four-game series. Buffalo is 25-27 at home this season.

VS. THE RED SOX: The Bisons are winless in their last six games against Pawtucket and only 2-8 against the Red Sox this season. Five of the last six defeats have come by three runs or less. Buffalo has just 27 runs in their 10 total games against the PawSox this season.

DEALIN’ DYLAN: RHP DYLAN OWEN makes his 13th start and 18th appearance of the season today. The righty allowed just two runs on four hits in six innings of work on Tuesday in Syracuse but did not earn a decision. Owen has not given up more than four runs in a start this season and has allowed two or fewer tallies in nine of his starts. Opponents are hitting just .214 (12-56) off Owen with runners in scoring position.

Mr. VP: INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI has 16RBI in 10 games since the break. The slugger now has 66RBI on the season, tied for tops in the International League with Gwinnett’s Stefan Gartrell. Pascucci also leads the IL with 55 walks and is fourth with a .388 on-base percentage. In 160 career games as a Bison, Pascucci has 31 home runs and 103RBI.

LUIS, LUIS: INF LUIS FIGUEROA is hitting .326 (14-43) in 10 games since the All-Star break. The veteran has already hit seven doubles since the break and is now 3rd on the team with 16 doubles on the season. Figueroa joined the Bisons in mid-May but his batting average is now only two plate appearances shy of qualifying 11th best in the International League.

FOREVER ENSHRINED: Former Bisons C TONY PENA and former “Voice of the Bisons” JIM ROSENHAUS will be inducted into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame prior to today’s game. Pena hit .313 with 34 home runs and 97RBI for the Double-A Bisons in 1979. Rosenhaus called 1,628 Bisons games from 1996-2006, including three Buffalo championships.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (50-50) were defeated by the Marlins last night by an 8-5 score. OF LUCAS DUDA hit a pinch-hit home run and INF JOSE REYES followed for back-to-back blasts in the ninth inning. However, Florida scored all their runs between the sixth and eighth innings. The Mets take on the Marlins today at 1:10 p.m.

News & Notes: Game 101

Saturday, July 23, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (42-58, 5th(-15.0), North)
LHP Mark Cohoon (3-5, 6.29)

Pawtucket Red Sox (56-44, 2nd(-1.0), North)
RHP Brandon Duckworth (6-6, 4.06)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons host the Pawtucket Red Sox for the second game of a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The PawSox struck first in the series with last night’s 4-2 win. On Tuesday, the Bisons will continue their homestand with a four-game series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Buffalo is 25-26 at home this season.

VS. THE RED SOX: The Bisons are just 2-7 against the Red Sox this season. Pawtucket has won five straight against the Herd including two-game sweeps in Pawtucket, April 16-17 and July 9-10. The teams split a four-game set at Coca-Cola Field, April 9-12.

ON THE BUMP: LHP MARK COHOON makes his 10th start with the Bisons tonight. The Triple-A rookie is coming off back-to-back seven-strikeout performances. On Sunday in Rochester, the southpaw allowed just four runs on six hits in seven innings of work in his third career Triple-A win. In his last two starts at home, Cohoon is 1-0 with a 3.27ERA in 11.0 innings pitched.

Mr. VP: INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI has 16RBI in just nine games since the break. The slugger now has 66RBI on the season, the most a Bisons hitter has knocked in since OF Ryan Mulhern drove in 76 during the entire 2007 season. With 66RBI in 100 games, Pascucci is on pace for 95RBI this year. Only three Herd batters in the modern era have driven in 100 in a season (Alex Ramirez: 103 in 1998, Brian Dorsett: 102 in 1992, Ernie Young: 100 in 2004).

OLD FORM: OF JESUS FELICIANO is 12 for his last 25 at the plate, good for a .480 average. In the last six games, the veteran has raised his average 19 points to a team-high .288. His 345 career hits in 301 career games with the Bisons are 6th-most in the Modern Era. His overall .314 (345-1,098) batting average is second to only OF Dave Clark’s .327 career mark.

BISONS BITS: INF LUIS HENANDEZ has homered in back-to-back games and now has 50RBI on the season…Bisons pitchers struck out a season-high 15 batters in last night’s loss…INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI leads the IL with 55 walks and is tied for first with Charlotte’s Stefan Gartrell with 66RBI.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (50-49) picked up the 7-6 victory over the Marlins in South Florida last night. INF DAVID WRIGHT had a pair of RBI-doubles in his return to the lineup. To make roster room for him, the Mets designated INF NICK EVANS for assignment. The Mets take on the Marlins again tonight at 7:10 p.m.

In a matchup of Triple-A all-stars, Matt Fox emerged over Chris Schwinden behind a pair of home runs as the PawSox won the opener of a four-game series, 4-2, Friday night at Coca-Cola Field.

Schwinden left the game after 4 1/3 innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits, including a two-run homer by Ryan Lavarnway and a solo shot by Ronald Bermudez.

“Schwinden came out, gave us his best effort,” manager Tim Teufel said. “I would think he would like to hit his locations just a little bit better than he did tonight. He was just kind of a little bit flat. It was one of those nights. He’s been pitching great for us all year.”

After his first-inning shot, Lavarnway added a third RBI on a double, scoring Che-Hsuan Lin.

“It really didn’t go out the way we planned, or I planned,” Schwinden said. “I just really didn’t get after it today, executed on some, but not all of them. I wish I could take some of those back, but can’t.”

Schwinden (6-5) struck out seven, including four looking, but walked four.

Luis Hernandez smacked his fifth homer of the season a solo shot in the third, his second in as many games.

Valentino Pascucci drove in his team-best 65th run of the season on a double in the sixth inning, cutting the lead to 4-2. The Bisons threatened to tie with Josh Satin at the plate, but Fox caught Pascucci trying to steal third to end the inning.

Fox (6-4) allowed two earned runs over six complete innings, striking out six to two walks.

Reliever Scott Atchison, clinging to the two-run lead, left the bases loaded with two outs for Michael Bowden in the eighth after Satin’s first Triple-A hit, an infield single.

Luis Hernandez worked a full count, but Bowden escaped with a hard fly out to center fielder Lin.

“We had bases loaded with the perfect guy up in Hernandez, who’s been driving in all kinds of runs,” Teufel said. “He squared it up and hit it right to the center fielder. That’s the way baseball is sometimes.”

Jesus Feliciano, who went 2-for-3, reached second on a single and a passed ball before Bowden struck out Mike Nickeas, Fernando Perez and Ruben Tejada, the latter two looking.

Brian Sweeney threw 2 1/3 hitless innings, including a stretch where he struck out five of six batters. Justin Hampson pitched the remainder of the game, retiring eight in order.

“They came in; they did their job,” Schwinden said. “You can’t ask more from those guys.

Game Notes: Satin made his Triple-A debut, starting at third base after being called up from Double-A Binghamton before the game… Pawtucket leads the season series over Buffalo, 7-2… Hernandez ranks second to Pascucci with 50 RBIs.

News & Notes: Game 100

Friday, July 22, 2011 (7:35 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, WGR Sportsradio 550AM, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (42-57, 5th(-15.0), North)
RHP Chris Schwinden (6-4, 3.31)

Pawtucket Red Sox (55-44, 2nd(-2.0), North)
RHP Matt Fox (5-4, 5.17)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons start an eight-game homestand by hosting the Pawtucket Red Sox (7:35 p.m.). The Herd escaped a series sweep by Syracuse last night with a 5-2 win. Buffalo is now 4-4 since returning from the All-Star break. The Bisons will face Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday for the second half of the homestand. 

VS. THE RED SOX: The Bisons are 2-6 against the Red Sox this season. Pawtucket has defeated the Herd the last four meetings, all of which were at McCoy Stadium. The clubs split a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field, April 9-12. RHP  CHRIS SCHWINDEN made his Bisons debut against the PawSox on April 16 and struck out nine batters in 5.1 innings of a no-decision.

SCHWING AND MISS: RHP CHRIS SCHWINDEN will make his team-high 18th start of the season tonight. The Triple-A All-Star leads the Bisons with 6 wins, a 3.31ERA and 88 strikeouts. Schwinden lost his last appearance on July 16 in Rochester by allowing four runs in a season-low 4.1 innings of work. It was the first start Schwinden had lost since May 31 (7 starts).

SMOOTH AS: INF JOSH SATIN joins the Bisons today from Double-A Binghamton. The 26-year old will make his Triple-A debut after leading the Eastern League with 35 doubles this year. Satin hit .325 (110-338) with 11 home runs and 60RBI in 94 games with Binghamton. To make roster room, INF JON MALO was transferred to the B-Mets.

LUIS, LUIS: INF LUIS FIGUEROA collected two hits yesterday to bump his average up to .308. The veteran is just four plate appearances shy of having his average qualify under IL minimums. Thursday’s performance was his 21st multi-hit game of the season, most on the Bisons active roster.

BISONS BITS: RHP DALE THAYER recorded his 10th save of the season last night. The last Bisons’ reliever to have 10+ saves was RHP Elmer Dessens (11) in 2009…C RAUL CHAVEZ has hit in 10 straight games with a .371 (13-35) average since June 29…INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI has 65RBI on the season, only one less than IL-leading Stefan Gartrell of Gwinnett.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (49-49) lost to St. Louis by a score of 6-2 yesterday afternoon at Citi Field. Former Bison INF LUCAS DUDA collected two hits, including a double and scored one run in the loss. INF JOSE REYES hit his league leading 16th triple of the season. New York takes on the Marlins in Florida tonight at 7:10 p.m.

Bisons avoid sweep in Syracuse

Pat Misch cooled off the Chiefs hitters on a hot Thursday night, handing Syracuse a loss and avoiding the series sweep.
Misch held the Chiefs to just two-runs over seven innings, and the Bisons offense did the rest putting up four to beat Syracuse 5-2 at Alliance Bank Stadium.

Misch has put in the most quality starts of any Bisons pitcher, tonight was no different. He worked 6.2 innings striking out five, and giving up five-hits.

Valentino Pascucci and Luis Hernandez continued to drive in the runs the Bisons needed to back up Misch. Pascucci added to his RBI total in the first inning smacking a two-run double into center-field scoring the newly returned Ruben Tejada and Luis Figueroa.

Pascucci now has 65 RBI in the 2011 season which leads all Bisons batters. Pascucci has been red-hot since returning from the All-Star break putting up MVP type numbers.

Luis Hernandez singled into right-field to score Pascucci in the first, and then in the sixth inning Hernandez singled into left-field score Luis Figueroa. Hernandez didn’t stop there, adding a solo-home run to right-field in the eighth inning.

Hernandez has 13 RBI since returning from the All-Star break. All thre runs-batted-in Thursday night came with two-out in the inning.

Dale Thayer closed out the game with his team leading 10th save of the 2011 season. Thayer worked for the save getting seven outs for the herd to secure the win.

Game Notes: With the win the Bisons avoided the sweep and moved to 3-7 vs. the Chiefs…Pat Misch got his fifth win of the season moving his record to .500…Valentino Pascucci and Luis Hernandez drove in all four of the Bisons runs Thursday adding to their RBI total, Pascucci leads the team with 65 and Hernandez is in second with 49…Hernandez drove in all three runs with two outs…Ruben Tejada returned to the Bisons Thursday.