August 2011

Syracuse stops Herd

One miscue was all Syracuse needed on Wednesday night.
A third-inning Bisons’ error helped the Chiefs plate two of their three runs in a 3-1 victory over the Herd from Coca-Cola Field. The defeat, their 11th of the season to Syracuse, snapped Buffalo’s three-game win streak.

The error turned into two unearned runs for southpaw Mark Cohoon, who pitched well but fell in defeat.

With the game scoreless, Bisons second baseman Luis Hernandez threw wide of the base while attempting to turn a doubleplay. Instead of two out, there were two on for the Chiefs and both baserunners came around to score.

The Bisons lone run was scored in the sixth inning as Jesus Feliciano pulled a home run down the right field line. The blast was the veteran’s 370th hit of his Bisons career, tying him with Greg Tubbs for second most in the modern era (Bill Selby, 378).

Maybe the most intriguing play of the night occurred two batters after Feliciano’s home run. Catcher Raul Chavez smoked a liner off the glove of shortstop Seth Bynum. Bynum retrieved the ball, but threw wild to first base. As the ball rolled to the Bisons dugout, home plate umpire John Conrad ruled that pitching coach Ricky Bones interfered with the play. Although he was credited with a base hit, Chavez was ruled out.

The Chiefs bullpen made the lead stand up. Josh Wilkie, the fifth of five Syracuse relievers, pitched the ninth inning for his 15th save of the season.

Cohoon allowed just won earned run in 6.1 innings of work but suffered the loss.

Buffalo wraps up the home portion of the 2011 schedule on Thursday night with Fan Appreciation Night at 6:05 p.m. against the Chiefs.
BISONS NOTES: Just prior to the game, the Bisons activated outfielder Mike Baxter and placed infielder Zach Lutz on the disabled list…After going hitless in back-to-back games for the first time as a Bison, Josh Satin went 2-4 with a double…The Bisons need a win on Thursday to finish the season with an even 36-36 record at Coca-Cola Field.

News & Notes: Game 137

Wednesday, August 30, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520,
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet HD 713

Buffalo Bisons (60-76, 5th(-16.5), North)
LHP Mark Cohoon (4-9, 6.37)

Syracuse Chiefs (63-71, 4th(-12.5), North)
LHP Tom Milone (11-6, 3.33)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons host the Syracuse Chiefs in the first game of a two-game series at Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd began its final homestand of the season with a two-game sweep of the Rochester Red Wings. After tomorrow’s home finale, the Herd will end the season with five games in four days on the road.

VS. THE CHIEFS: The Bisons are 4-10 against the Chiefs this season. This series will be the fourth two-game set between Buffalo and Syracuse at Coca-Cola Field this season. The clubs split a pair April 7-8 to open the season and August 10-11. The Chiefs swept two from the Herd in Buffalo, July 2-3.

ON THE BUMP: LHP MARK COHOON will make his 17th start of the season tonight. The southpaw has posted a 2.70ERA in two starts against the Chiefs this year. Cohoon allowed just one earned run in five innings of a no-decision on July 2. He then gave up two runs in five more frames against in Syracuse on August 9.

SPIN CONTROL: INF JORDANY VALDESPIN used a lead-off home run on Monday night to extend his hit streak to eight games. Since August 22, the Triple-A rookie has averaged .406 (13-32) with four doubles, a home run, four RBI and four runs scored. In his 20 games since joining the Herd on August 10, Valdespin has averaged .289 with nine RBI.

HIT KING: OF JESUS FELICIANO is the first Bisons player in the modern era to collect three consecutive 100+ hit seasons. With 101 knocks this year, the outfielder now has 369 total hits in his Bisons career. That total is 3rd most in the modern era, just one behind Greg Tubbs and nine shy of Bill Selby’s modern era record of 378.

BISONS BITS: RHP DALE THAYER has 21 saves on the year after closing all three of the Bisons’ three-game win streak. The last Bisons pitcher to earn a save on three straight days was RHP Bubbie Buzachero, August 28-30, 2008…INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI is tied with Gwinnett’s Stefan Gartrell for the International League lead with 91RBI on the season.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (64-69) were shut out by the Marlins last night, 6-0. New York had six singles, including two each from 3B DAVID WRIGHT and C JOSH THOLE. New York hosts Florida again tonight at 7:10 p.m. LHP CHRIS CAPUANO gets the start, his first since a 13-strikeout complete game on August 26 against Atlanta.

Young guys shine in win

Home runs from Triple-A rookies Jordany Valdespinand Raul Reyes helped the Bisonsdefeat the Red Wings, 6-5, on Monday night at Coca-Cola Field.

Salomon Manriquez added a three-run double and Chris Schwinden picked up his eighth win of the season as Buffalo completed the two-game sweep of their closest rival.

Valdespin got the team going right away, taking Eric Hacker’s first pitch of the night and depositing it into the Bully Hill Party Deck. The blast was Valdespin’ssecond of the season and quickly extended his hit streak to eight games.

In the second inning, Manriquezemptied the bases when he doubled down the left field line. Josh Satin, Luis Hernandez and Bubba Bell all scored on the play to give Buffalo a 4-1 advantage.

After Rochester rallied to tie the game at four, Reyes led off the fifth inning with a massive home run. A much needed insurance run -and eventual game-winning run- came across in the sixth inning when Hernandez tripled and scored on a sac fly from pinch hitter Luis Figueroa.

Schwinden earned the victory to improve to 8-7 on the year. The righty struck out six and allowed four runs in six innings of work.

Dale Thayer worked the ninth inning for the third consecutive night to earn his 21st save of the season.

BISONS NOTES: The Mets announced that outfielder Mike Baxter has been optioned to the Bisons to make room for the activation of Jose Reyes to the big league club…The Bisonsare now 37-34 in games decided by two runs or less this year.

News & Notes: Game 136

Monday, August 29, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet HD 713
Radio: WWKB AM 1520,

Buffalo Bisons (59-76, 5th(-17.5), North)
RHP Chris Schwinden (7-7, 3.86)

Rochester Red Wings (50-87, 6th(-27.5), North)
RHP Eric Hacker (7-12, 5.74)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons host the Rochester Red Wings in the second game of a two-game series at Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd is looking for the sweep after defeating its rival last night, 3-1. The Bisons have won two straight and are an even 13-13 for the month of August.  Buffalo has just three home games left in the 2011 season.

VS. THE WINGS: The Bisons clinched the season-series victory over the Red Wings with their win last night. Buffalo is 9-6 against Rochester this season. Last night’s victory was the Herd’s fifth straight over the Wings at Coca-Cola Field. The Bisons are 20-11 against Rochester since the start of 2010.

SCHWING AND MISS: RHP CHRIS SCHWINDEN takes the ball for his team-high 25th start of the season. He is the 16th Bisons pitcher in the modern era to make 25 starts for the team in one season. The Triple-A rookie has 123 strikeouts on the year, the fourth most by a Bisons pitcher. Schwinden can pull into the top three with seven more punchouts, trailing RHP Mike York’s 130 strikeouts in 1990. Schwinden also leads the Bisons with a 3.86ERA.

Mr. VP: INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI slugged his 21st homer of the season last night. He now has 91RBI on the season, tied with Gwinnett’s Stefan Gartrell for the most in the IL. The last Bisons player to lead a league in RBI was OF Nigel Wilson, who led the American Association with 95 in 1996. Pascucci’s 91RBI this year are already the 6th most for a Bisons player in the modern era.

SPIN CONTROL: INF JORDANY VALDESPIN brings a seven-game hit streak into tonight’s game. Since August 22, the Triple-A rookie has averaged .429 (12-28) with four doubles, three RBI and three runs scored. He has also stolen two bases during the streak.

BISONS BITS: OF JESUS FELICIANO has become the first Bisons player in the modern era to collect three consecutive 100 hit seasons. The outfielder is now 10 hits shy of Bill Selby’s modern era record total of 378…RHP DALE THAYER earned his 20th save last night. He’s the fifth Bisons pitcher in the modern era to reach that single-season milestone…LHP MIKE O’CONNOR is 3-0 with nine strikeouts and 10.1 scoreless innings against Rochester this year.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (63-68) hope they’ll get back to baseball this evening. New York will host Florida with a 7:10 p.m. first pitch from Citi Field. The Mets were postponed both games this weekend because of Hurricane Irene.

Misch , Pascucci deliver in 3-1 win

Two veterans were in their usual form for the Bisons on Sunday night. Each helped the club to a 3-1 win over the rival Rochester Red Wings at Coca-Cola Field.

Pat Misch scattered six hits over seven solid innings and Valentino Pascucci hit another moon shot to give the Bisons a victory to open up their final homestand of the 2011 season. With only three home games left, the duo sent 10,177 Bisons fans home happy on Sunday.

Misch allowed six hits, but none went for extra bases. Making the big pitches when needed, he forced Rochester to leave 10 men on base to go along with five strikeouts.

The defense picked up the southpaw in the third inning of a scoreless game. With two runners on base, Rochester’s Ray Chang singled up the middle. Jesus Feliciano charged hard from center and threw Toby Gardenhire out trying to score from second base.

Misch then picked up his teammates in his seventh and final inning. The Red Wings loaded the bases with no outs thanks in large part to two fielding errors. The veteran battled back to get a doubleplay from Dusty Martin and a fly out from Brian Dinkelman to limit the damage to one unearned run.

Buffalo scored in three straight innings to build a 3-0 lead. Luis Hernandez drove home a run in the fourth inning while Raul Chavez came around on a wild pitch in the fifth. In the sixth, Pascucci hit his 21st home run of the season over the protective netting in left field.

Pascucci followed his home run in Sunday’s game with eight more post game to win the club’s annual home run derby contest.

Dale Thayer closed out the win with a perfect ninth inning. The save was his 20th of the season, becoming only the fifth Bisons player in the modern era to reach 20 saves in a single season.

BISONS NOTES: Jesus Feliciano collected his 100th hit of the season with a fourth-inning single. He is the first Bisons player in the modern era to record 100 or more hits in three consecutive seasons with the team…Jordany Valdespin went 1-4 to improve his hit streak to seven games…Pascucci defeated Josh Satin and Zach Lutz in the post game home run derby challenge.