July 2011

News & Notes: Game 99

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 (7:00 p.m.) – Alliance Bank Stadium
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet 13         
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (41-57, 5th(-15.0), North)
LHP Pat Misch (4-5, 4.52)

Syracuse Chiefs (43-53, 4th(-12.0), North)
RHP Craig Stammen (8-3, 4.38)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Syracuse Chiefs at Alliance Bank Stadium (7:00 p.m.). The Herd lost the first three games of the four-game set after dropping both games of a doubleheader last night, 6-7 and 5-9. Buffalo is now 3-4 since returning from the All-Star break. The Bisons will return home tomorrow for an eight-game homestand against Pawtucket and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

VS. THE CHIEFS: The Bisons are 2-7 against their divisional rival Syracuse this season. The Bisons are looking to avoid getting swept in a four-game series in Syracuse for only the second time in the Modern Era. Buffalo lost four straight to the Chiefs, June 26(DH)-28, 1999.

ON THE BUMP: LHP PAT MISCH will make his 14th start of the season tonight. The southpaw allowed just three runs in seven innings in his last start against Rochester for his fourth victory of the season. Misch has delivered three consecutive quality starts for the Herd and leads the pitching staff with seven quality outings on the season. He has also posted a 3.12ERA in his last eight starts, the best mark in the International League over that time.

OUR PAL, VAL: INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI clubbed his team-high 14th home run of the season in last night’s game two. The reigning IL Batter of the Week now has 13RBI since the All-Star break and has now driven in 63 on the season (Tied for 3rd in IL). For his Bisons career, Pascucci has driven in 100 runs in 157 games.

BISONS BITS: With four hits yesterday OF JESUS FELICIANO now leads the team in with 75 hits on the season…INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI and OF JASON BOTTS hit back-to-back home runs in the second game of yesterday’s doubleheader…C RAUL CHAVEZ has hit in ten straight games, averaging .371 (13-35) since June 29…The Bisons (9-12) trail the Syracuse Chiefs (14-6) by 5.5 games in the 2011 Thruway Series.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (49-49) lost to St. Louis by a score of 6-2 this 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 will now travel to Sun Life Stadium to take on the Florida Marlins in a three-game series starting on Friday at 7:10 p.m.

Syracuse sweeps Buffalo

Despite big rallies in each of Wednesday’s double-headers the Bisons could not complete the comeback and beat Syracuse in either game.

The Bisons opened the double-header losing their second straight extra-inning game to the Chiefs 7-6, and then fell 9-5 in the second game at Alliance Bank Stadium.

The Herd tied the first game at six with a rally in the fifth inning but the Chiefs ended the game in the eighth inning, beating the Bisons for the third time in extra-innings.

Tug Hulett sped into second base after Luis Hernandez dropped a fly ball in right field, and Corey Brown singled in Hulett for the win in game one of the double header.

The Chiefs are 3-1 against the Bisons when the game goes into extra innings. The last time the Bisons beat the Chiefs in extra-innings was April 8, when the Herd won 3-2 in 13 innings.

The Herd fell down early in the second game 6-0 after the Chiefs scored runs in the first three innings off of Gustavo Chacin who made his first Bisons appearance since being signed by the Mets.

In the fourth inning Valentino Pascucci led a power surge pulling the Herd back within one run. With no outs and a man on Pascucci hit his 14th home run of the season.

Jason Botts followed Pascucci’s two-run home run with his own solo-shot and the Bisons tacked on two more runs to shorten the lead, 6-5. The Chiefs came out swinging in the bottom of the fourth and lengthened their lead to 8-5.

The Chiefs added another run to take a 9-5 lead in the fifth inning of the second game. The Bisons are now 2-7 against Syracuse, with three losses coming in extra innings.

Game Notes: Games between the Bisons and Chiefs are averaging three hours and 34 minutes, Last night’s game went four hours and 28 minutes…Luis Hernandez is now 7-14 with the bases loaded and 17 RBI…Valentino Pascucci leads the Bisons with 63 RBI, and has batted in 100 runs in 157 games in a Bisons uniform…The Bisons are 1-3 when playing extra-inning games against Syracuse.

News & Notes: Game 97, 98

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 (Game 1: 5:00 p.m.) – Alliance Bank Stadium
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet 13
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (41-55, 5th(-14.5), North)
G1: RHP Miguel Batista (0-0, 6.35)
G2: LHP Gustavo Chacin (NR)

Syracuse Chiefs (41-53, 4th(-13.5), North)
G1: RHP Yunesky Maya (1-6, 4.45)
G2: RHP J.D. Martin (2-6, 4.28)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Syracuse Chiefs in a doubleheader at Alliance Bank Stadium (Game 1: 5:00 p.m.). The Herd lost the first game of the four-game set, 4-3, in 12 innings last night. Buffalo is now 3-2 since returning from the All-Star break. The Bisons will return home on Friday for an eight-game homestand against Pawtucket and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

VS. THE CHIEFS: The Bisons are 2-5 against Syracuse this season. The clubs have split a pair of two-game sets with the Chiefs also sweeping two games, July 2-3 at Coca-Cola Field. Despite the losing record, Buffalo has actually out-hit the Chiefs in the season series with a .270 average to Syracuse’s .248.

ON THE BUMP: RHP MIGUEL BATISTA will make his second start of the season tonight. The veteran worked 3.2 shutout innings and allowed only two hits on July 14 against Rochester. Batista began the season as a reliever in the St. Louis Cardinals pen where he was 3-2 with a 4.60ERA in 26 outings.

GAME TWO DEBUT: LHP GUSTAVO CHACIN will make his Bisons debut in the second game of today’s twinbill. The southpaw was signed by the Mets on Monday and assigned to the Bisons. Chacin was 3-6 with a 5.13ERA in 18 appearances (9 starts) for the Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks before being released by the Astros on July 14. Chacin has pitched in 102 career major league games with Houston and the Toronto Blue Jays.

OUR PAL, VAL: INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI has reached base at least twice in each of the five games since the All-Star Break. The reigning IL Batter of the Week also has 11RBI since Thursday and has now driven in 61 on the season (4th in IL). For his Bisons career, Pascucci has driven in 98 runs in 155 games.

BISONS BITS: With OF FERNANDO PEREZ’S debut last night, LHP GUSTAVO CHACIN will be the 50th different player to appear in a game for the Bisons this season…C RAUL CHAVEZ has hit in nine straight games, averaging .400 (12-30) since June 29…The Bisons (9-10) trail the Syracuse Chiefs (12-6) by 3.5 games in the 2011 Thruway Series.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (48-47) defeated St. Louis by a 4-2 margin last night at Citi Field. OF ANGEL PAGAN and INF DANIEL MURPHY both doubled and drove in two. RHP DILLON GEE worked seven innings and allowing only two runs for the win. New York hosts the Cardinals again tonight at 7:10 p.m.

Bisons fall in 12th from Syracuse

The Bisons started the scoring in the first inning of Tuesday’s game but Syracuse ended it in the bottom of the 12th inning with a sacrifice fly.

After going into extra innings tied at 3-3 the Chiefs cashed in a leadoff double by Seth Bynum and a sacrifice fly hit by Brian Bixler giving Syracuse a 4-3 victory at Alliance Bank Stadium.

Bynum moved from second to third on a passed ball, and Brian Sweeney walked Steve Lombardozzi to set up the double play. Bixler sent the first pitch he saw deep to left-field giving Jason Botts no chance of throwing out Bynum tagging from third.

The Bisons had a one run lead going into the seventh inning but lost on a sacrifice fly. Jose De La Torre managed to strand three Chiefs on the base paths and keep the game tied. It was De La Torre’s first appearance since May 5.

This is the second game that the Bisons have lost to the Chiefs in extra innings, the first coming on July 2 in 11-innings, when they lost 6-5.

The Herd took an early 1-0 lead on Jesus Feliciano’s second home run of the season, and Valentino Pascucci knocked in his 61st RBI in the third inning. Pascucci has 56 RBI since May 10, four more than any other hitter in the International League.

Herd Starter Dylan Owen worked six innings giving up four hits, two runs, and four walks, while striking out five Chiefs. Owen was in-line for the win before the Chiefs tied it up in the seventh.

Game Notes: Jesus Feliciano hit his second home run of the season for the Bisons, he has never hit more than two in a season…Feliciano scored his second run of the game on a Valentino Pascucci single that gives him 11 in the first five games back from the All-Star break…Luis Hernandez kept pace with him with a sacrifice fly for his 44 RBI.

News & Notes: Game 96

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 (7:00 p.m.) – Alliance Bank Stadium
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet 713
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (41-54, T4th(-14.5), North)
RHP Dylan Owen (4-5, 4.48)

Syracuse Chiefs (40-53, T4th(-14.5), North)
RHP Chien-Ming Wang (NR)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Syracuse Chiefs in the first game of a four-game set from Alliance Bank Stadium (7:00 p.m.). The teams will play one game tonight with last night’s rainout to be made up with a doubleheader on Wednesday. The Bisons began this six-game roadtrip with a series split in Rochester over the Weekend.

VS. THE CHIEFS: The Bisons are 2-4 against Syracuse this season. The clubs have only played two-game series thus far, with a pair of splits and a Chiefs’ sweep at Coca-Cola Field, July 2-3. The Herd has not won a series at Alliance Bank Stadium since taking two of three, June 15(DH)-16, 2009.

DEALIN’ DYLAN: RHP DYLAN OWEN gets the ball for the 17th time this season. The righty has made 11 starts and has posted a 3.76ERA when he begins a game. Owen lost his last time out, allowing four runs in five innings to Pawtucket on July 10. The start before that, he defeated the Chiefs in Syracuse with six innings of one-hit, two-run ball on July 5.

ROSTER MOVES: The Mets signed a pair of minor league free agents and assigned them to the Bisons yesterday. LHP GUSTAVO CHACIN joins the Herd after going 3-6 with a 5.13ERA in 18 relief outings with Triple-A Oklahoma City. OF FERNANDO PEREZ last played for Triple-A Iowa where he stole 17 bases while hitting .238 with three homers and 20RBI. To make roster room, OF FERNANDO MARTINEZ was placed on the disabled list and RHP JACK EGBERT was transferred to Double-A Binghamton.

OUR PAL, VAL: On Monday, the International League named INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI its Batter-of-the-Week. He is the first Bisons player to be honored this year. Pascucci has 10RBI in four games since the All-Star Break and ranks 4th in the IL with 60RBI on the season. Fifty-five of those RBI have come since May 10, four more than any other hitter in the league.

BISONS BITS: Last night’s game was the Bisons first postponement on the road this season…C RAUL CHAVEZ has hit in eight straight games, averaging .371 (10-27) since June 29…INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI leads the International League with 53 walks.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (47-48) were off last night and will open a three-game series against the Cardinals tonight at 7:10 p.m. from Citi Field. Former Bisons RHP DILLON GEE looks to improve on his 8-3 record. New York currently sits in fourth place in the N.L. East division, 12-games back of the Phillies.

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