August 2011

Herd drops second to Toledo series, 6-1

Early walks proved costly for the Herd, as they dropped the second of a four-game series in Toledo Thursday night, 6-1.

Herd pitchers stranded 17 Toledo runners, but the offense couldn’t capitalize on eight hits.

Toledo scored on a pair of bases-loaded walks by starter Mark Cohoon in the first before Salomon Manriquez cut the deficit in half in the second, scoring Jesus Feliciano on a single.

Manriquez’ 2-for-3 night gave him his first hits since returning to the Bisons from Double-A Binghamton.

Toledo loaded the bases again in the second on two walks and a Timo Perez single, when Ryan Strieby scored Will Rhymes with a single.

Cohoon walked in Toledo’s fourth run on his sixth free pass before another lefty, reliever Mike O’Connor, took over. Cohoon threw 74 pitches, 36 of them for strikes over just 1 and 2/3 innings, allowing four earned runs.

Zach Lutz went 2-for-4 with singles in the sixth and eighth.

Starter Ramon Garcia earned the win, allowing one earned run on seven hits with four strikeouts to one walk.

O’Connor and Taylor Tankersley combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings in relief with three strikeouts each.

Justin Hampson hit Ben Guez with the bases loaded in the seventh, pushing the lead to 5-1.

Game Notes: Bubba Bell, who flew out as a pinch hitter, rejoined the team before the game after missing eight games on the disabled list… Jordany Valdespin registered a hit for the fourth consecutive game.

News & Notes: Game 132

Thursday, August 25, 2011 (6:30 p.m.) – Fifth Third Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520,

Buffalo Bisons (57-74, 5th(-17.0), North)
LHP Mark Cohoon (4-8, 6.05)

Toledo Mud Hens (63-70, 4th(-19.0), West)
LHP Ramon Garcia (0-3, 3.86)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Toledo Mud Hens in the second game of a four-game series from Fifth Third Field (6:30 p.m.). The Herd is looking to bounce back from a 7-6 defeat in last night’s series opener. The Bisons have now lost two in a row after beginning this eight-game roadtrip with three straight wins. Buffalo has just four home games left this season, August 28-29 vs. Rochester and August 31-September 1 vs. Syracuse.

VS. THE HENS: The Bisons’ drought at Fifth Third Field has entered 2011. The Herd was swept by the Mud Hens in both 2009 and 2010 and lost game one of this series last night, 7-6. Since a 5-3 victory on May 28, 2008, Buffalo has lost 10 straight games at the home of the Hens.

ON THE BUMP: LHP MARK COHOON takes the hill for the 16th time with the Bisons. The southpaw defeated Columbus on Saturday with six innings of three-run ball. Cohoon threw a season-high 103 pitches in the victory over the Clippers. The Triple-A rookie has allowed three earned runs or less in three straight starts and 10 of 12 starts since June 17.

HIT KING: OF JESUS FELICIANO doubled home two runs in the first inning last night for his 98th hit of the season. The outfielder has 366 hits with the team since 2009, only 12 shy of Bill Selby’s modern era record total of 378.  Feliciano had 154 hits in 2009 and 114 last season. No Bisons player has ever had three consecutive 100 hit seasons in the modern era.

ROSTER MOVE: The Bisons activated OF BUBBA BELL from the disabled list today. Bell had missed eight games with a left hamstring strain. The outfielder leads the Bisons with eight stolen bases and has hit .234 (34-145) with a home run and 17RBI in 58 games with the Bisons.

MR. VP: INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI continues to lead all International League hitters with his 90RBI. The last time a Bisons player led a league in RBI was 1996 when OF Nigel Wilson led the defunct American Association with 95RBI. Buffalo Baseball and IL Hall of Famer Frank “Pancho” Herrera was the last Bisons player to lead the International League in RBI (108 in 1962).

METS UPDATE: The Mets (61-68) defeated the rival Phillies, 7-4, on Wednesday night. Former Bison OF NICK EVANS went 3-4 with his second home run of the season and four RBI. DAVID WRIGHT also went deep for the 11th time this season. The Mets are off today and will open up a seven-game homestand tomorrow against Atlanta.

Worth proves his in Hens win

Raul Reyes’ first Triple-A home run gave the Herd a two-run lead, but Danny Worth responded in the bottom of the sixth with a grand slam gave the Toledo a 7-6 win to open a four-game series in Toledo.

Chris Schwinden, who took the loss, left with the game tied but the bases loaded and one out for reliever Gustavo Chacin.

Schwinden allowed six earned runs on five hits with four strikeouts and a walk.

Chacin retired Jeff Salazar but surrendered the slam to Worth with two outs in the inning.

Reyes, 24, broke a 3-3 tie with his two-run shot in his seventh game with Buffalo.

Buffalo’s offense struck early against Fu-Te Ni with three runs in the first on Josh Satin’s RBI single and Jesus Feliciano’s two-run double.

However Toledo evened the score in the bottom of the second with a Scott Thorman double, Argenis Diaz RBI single and a two-run home run by Max St. Pierre off of Schwinden.

Jordany Valdespin, who went 2-for-5, doubled for the third consecutive game.

Satin picked up his second RBI on the night and 15th as a Bison on a single in the seventh, scoring Luis Hernandez from third to cut the deficit to one.

Enrique Gonzalez retired Valdespin, Luis Hernandez and Zach Lutz with two strikeouts in a perfect ninth for his 11th save.

Game Notes: With 366 hits, Jesus Feliciano trails Bill Selby by just 12 for the modern-era career Bisons record… Five days ago, Schwinden and Ni dueled to no decisions before Valentino Pascucci’s 11th-inning walk-off homer… The Herd drops to 3-2 on the season series with Toledo.

News & Notes: Game 131

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 (6:30 p.m.) – Fifth Third Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520,
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet 13

Buffalo Bisons (57-73, 5th(-16.0), North)
RHP Chris Schwinden (7-6, 3.60)

Toledo Mud Hens (62-70, 4th(-19.0), West)
LHP Fu-Te Ni (5-2, 3.16)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Toledo Mud Hens in the first game of a four-game series from Fifth Third Field (6:30 p.m.). The Herd is coming off a 3-1 series win in Columbus to begin this roadtrip. Even with last night’s loss, the Bisons have won nine of their last 13 games.

VS. THE HENS: The Bisons are 3-1 against the Mud Hens this season, having won a series back at Coca-Cola Field last week. However, the Herd has not won a game at Fifth Third Field since May 28, 2008. Since then, Buffalo has lost nine straight games in Toledo by a combined score of 64-32.

SCHWING AND MISS: RHP CHRIS SCHWINDEN will make his team-high 24th start of the season tonight. The Triple-A rookie leads the Bisons with a 3.60ERA and 119 strikeouts. Schwinden’s strikeout total is the 5th highest single-season total for a Bisons pitcher in the modern era. He is one strikeout behind RHP Randy Kramer (1988) for 4th place. Schwinden is also tied with LHP Pat Misch for seven wins on the season.

HIT KING: OF JESUS FELICIANO has 97 hits this season. The three-year Bisons’ outfielder has 365 hits with the team since 2009, only 13 shy of Bill Selby’s modern era record total of 378. With two more hits, Feliciano will tie INF Brandon Phillips (267) for the fourth most in the team’s modern era.

ROSTER MOVE: The Mets have recalled C MIKE NICKEAS from the Bisons. The backstop began the year with New York and also made a big league stint, July 28 to August 5. In nine games with the Mets, Nickeas has hit .217 (5-23) with a home run and three RBI. He has averaged .214 (36-168) with two home runs and 15RBI in 60 games with the Bisons this season.

MR. VP: INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI continues to lead all International League hitters with his 90RBI. The slugger also has 20 homers on the season, becoming the first Bisons player since DH Ernie Young to post 20HR/90RBI in a single season. Young had 25 home runs and 100RBI in 2004.

BISONS BITS: INF ZACH LUTZ has at least one RBI in eight of his last 11 games…C RAUL CHAVEZ has thrown out 50.9% of would-be base stealers (29CS, 57ATT). He leads all IL catchers by more than 12%.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (60-68) lost to the Phillies, 9-4, last night from Philadelphia. Former Bison OF LUCAS DUDA hit his seventh home run of the year in the loss while INF JUSTIN TURNER had two doubles. The Mets take on the Phillies today at 1:05 p.m.

Clippers dodge sweep, Bisons blanked

A home run barrage and seven shutout innings from spot starter Paulo Espino helped the Columbus Clippers top the Bisons, 5-5, avoiding a four-game sweep Tuesday night at Huntington Park.

Buffalo managed just two hits, but Jordany Valdespin continued his hot streak with a third-inning double, his fifth with Buffalo.

On the series, Valdespin went 6-for-18 with four runs, seven RBI, a home run and two doubles.

Pat Misch (7-9) pitched into the seventh with a 2-0 deficit, but a two-run homer by Cord Phelps took away Misch’s bid for an 11th quality start.

Misch allowed four earned runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings with four walks and three strikeouts.

Espino started in place of scheduled starter Zach McAllister, who Cleveland called up before the game for his second major league start.

He allowed Buffalo’s only two hits on the night with no runs over seven complete innings with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Jared Goedert homered for the second consecutive day and third time in the series, giving the Clippers a first-inning 1-0 lead over starter Pat Misch.

A second solo shot, by Jerad Head, doubled the Columbus lead in the fourth.

Perfect eighth and ninth innings by relievers Luke Hagadone and Josh Judy, respectively, sealed the Columbus win.

Game Notes: The Bisons could have avenged a four-game sweep by the Clippers June 11-14… The loss cuts Buffalo’s win streak at four. The Herd hasn’t won five straight since August of 2010.