Tuesday, August 23, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Huntington Park
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (57-72, 5th(-16.0), North)
LHP Pat Misch (7-8, 4.31)
Columbus Clippers (80-51, 1st(+12.0), West)
RHP Paolo Espino (1-1, 5.31)
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Columbus Clippers in the final game of a four-game set at Huntington Park (7:05 p.m.). The Herd is looking for the four-game sweep after outscoring the Clippers in the first three games, 31-9. Following tonight’s game, the Bisons will continue their roadtrip with four games in Toledo. The Bisons have won six of their last seven games and nine of their last 12 games.
VS. THE CLIPPERS: Tonight, the Bisons have a chance to return the favor. The Clippers swept the four-game series at Coca-Cola Field, June 11-14. The Bisons swept Columbus four straight at the tail end of last season, August 5-8 in Buffalo. The Bisons also swept four from Columbus at Cooper Stadium, April 13-16, 2007 in a series that included a 17-1 Herd victory on April 16.
DISCH ON MISCH: LHP PAT MISCH will make his 20th start of the season tonight. The southpaw lost last Thursday despite allowing just four runs (three earned) in seven innings. Misch has worked at least seven innings in three of his last four outings and has a 2.57ERA over those four starts. He is tied for the team lead with seven wins and is second with 81 strikeouts on the season.
HOT BAT: INF ZACH LUTZ has knocked in eight RBI in his last four games. The slugger has at least one RBI in eight of 10 games since August 13. Lutz has also hit in nine of his last 10 games with a .378 (14-37) average and four home runs. On the season, Lutz has hit .341 (14-14) with runners in scoring position.
WINNING: The Bisons have won four straight games for the fourth time this season. The last time the club won four consecutive was July 29 – August 1. The team has not won five straight since August 16-28(1) of last season. The club’s last four-game series sweep was June 24-27 against the Norfolk Tides.
MR. VP: With 90RBI, INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI leads all International League hitters by four RBI. The slugger has 14 games left to become just the fourth Bisons hitter in the modern era to reach the 100RBI plateau. OF Alex Ramirez has the record at 103RBI (in 1998) while DH Ernie Young was the last to reach it with 100RBI during the 2004 season.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (60-67) lost their fourth straight game last night with a 10-0 defeat to the Phillies. New York had just five singles in the loss with two coming from former Bison INF RUBEN TEJADA. Tejada has averaged .378 (17-45) in 14 games in August. The Mets and Phillies renew their rivalry tonight at 7:05 p.m.
Monday, August 22, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Huntington Park
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (56-72, 5th(-16.0), North)
RHP Miguel Batista (2-0, 3.92)
Columbus Clippers (80-50, 1st(+13.0), West)
RHP Jeanmar Gomez (10-6, 2.39)
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Columbus Clippers in the third game of a four-game set at Huntington Park (7:05 p.m.). The Herd has won the first two games of the series by a combined score of 25-5. The Bisons now have won five of its last six games and eight of their last 11 games.
VS. THE CLIPPERS: The road team has won all six games in the season series between Buffalo and Columbus. The Bisons have won the last two nights and the Clippers swept a four-game set at Coca-Cola Field, June 11-14. The Bisons are 7-3 in their first 10 games in Huntington Park.
MIGHTY MIGUEL: RHP MIGUEL BATISTA is 2-0 in seven starts with the Bisons this season. The veteran has allowed three earned runs or less in each of his last five outings. Batista is coming off his best start with the Bisons as he held Toledo to two runs (one earned) on four hits over eight innings on August 17. For the season, right-handed hitters have averaged just .150 (12-80) off Batista with no home runs and a .213 slugging pct.
HITTIN’ HERD: With 10 runs last night and 15 on Saturday, the Bisons have scored in double-digits in back-to-back games. The last time the Herd accomplished the feat was June 4-5, 2010 in Norfolk when the team posted victories of 11-6 and 12-9. The last time the Bisons scored 25+ runs in back-to-back games was July 17-18, 2008 against Richmond (wins of 10-2, 16-3).
MR. VP: With 90RBI, INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI now leads all International League hitters by five RBI. He’s the first Bisons player to reach the 90RBI-plateau since DH Ernie Young drove in 100 during the 2004 season. Pascucci is also the first Bison to slug 20+ home runs since OF Jason Dubois hit 22 during the 2006 campaign.
HIT KING: OF JESUS FELICIANO homered yesterday for his 97th hit of the season. The three-year Bisons’ outfielder is now 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. Feliciano led the International League with 154 hits in 2009 and collected 114 more last season in 89 games.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (60-66) lost to the Brewers, 6-2, on Sunday as the Brewers completed a three-game sweep of New York. Former Bisons OF LUCAS DUDA hit a two-run home run to account for both runs. RHP R.A. DICKEY allowed just two runs in seven innings but left with a no-decision. The Mets are in Philly tonight at 7:05 p.m.
The Bisons continue to tear the cover off the baseball putting up 10 runs Sunday evening, the second time they hit double digits on the scoreboard in less than 24 hours with a total of 25 runs scored in two days.
The Bisons two through four hitters dominated Columbus pitching all day long scoring seven of the ten runs themselves in the Herd’s 10-2 victory Sunday at Huntington Park.
The herd picked up right where they left off last night when they scored 15 runs against Columbus Saturday. After being held scoreless in the first inning Sunday the Bisons scored at least one run in the next four innings.
Six of the 10 runs were scored on home runs the first coming on a solo-shot by Jesus Feliciano, three more when Zach Lutz drilled a shot in the third inning and two more in the fifth inning courtesy of the Bisons RBI leader Valentino Pascucci.
Dylan Owen worked seven innings giving up just one run on a home run in the fifth inning. Owen gave up four hits one walk and struckout seven Clippers in his best start of the season, and just the second time that Owen has gone seven innings.
For the second start in a row Owen also gave up just one run and got a win to keep the Bisons winning streak going at three games. The Herd also moves to 6-1 in their last seven games out scoring the Clippers 25-5 in the Herd’s last two wins.
Game Notes: Valentino Pascucci moved his team leading RBI total to 90 with the help of his 20th home run of the season Sunday against the Clippers and has 15 games left to reach the century mark…Josh Satin failed to get a hit Sunday halting his hit streak at eight games…Dylan Owen had his best start of the year pitching into the seven inning while giving up just one run, it’s Owen’s second start in a row giving up just one run.
Sunday, August 21, 2011 (5:05 p.m.) – Huntington Park
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (55-72, 5th(-17.0), North)
RHP Dylan Owen (5-6, 4.69)
Columbus Clippers (80-49, 1st(+13.0), West)
RHP Corey Kluber (7-8, 5.61)
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Columbus Clippers in the second game of a four-game set at Huntington Park (5:05 p.m.). Buffalo won 15-3 last night to begin their eight-game roadtrip. The Herd has now won four of its last five games and seven of 10 dating back to August 11.
VS. THE CLIPPERS: Last night, the Bisons collected their first win over the Clippers in 2011. Columbus swept a four-game set back in Buffalo, June 11. The road team has won all five games in this season series. Last year, the home team won six of the eight games between the Bisons and Clippers.
DEALIN’ DYLAN: RHP DYLAN OWEN starts for the 18th time for the Bisons the year. The righty is winless in three starts but is coming off one of his strongest outings of the season. Owen allowed just one run in 6.2 innings on August 16 against Toledo in a game eventually won by the Bisons, 3-2. Owen is third on the Bisons staff with 78 strikeouts.
HITTIN’ HERD: The Bisons pounded out a season-high seven doubles and nine extra-base hits in last night’s victory. The Herd’s seven-run ninth inning was also the most prolific frame for the team since the plate nine runs against the Clippers in an 11-4 win on August 8, 2010. Buffalo’s 15 runs fell one run short of the team’s season high of 16, on June 19 at Norfolk
SMOOTH AS: INF JOSH SATIN brings an eight-game hit streak into tonight’s action. Since August 13, the Triple-A rookie has hit .414 (12-29) with two RBI and four runs scored. Satin already has a 14-game hit streak in his short time with the Bisons and has hit in 25 of his 28 with the team.
MR. VP: INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI is back on top of the International League. His 87RBI are two more than any other hitter in the league. The last Bisons player to lead the league in RBI was OF Nigel Wilson, who drove home 95 to lead the American Association in 1996. The last Bisons player to lead the IL in RBI was Frank “Pancho” Herrera with 108RBI in 1962.
BISONS BITS: Six different Bisons drove in runs last night…OF RAUL REYES picked up his first two Triple-A hits last night (both doubles). He had 20 doubles and 36RBI with Double-A Binghamton to begin the season…RHP BRIAN SWEENEY has thrown eight shutout innings of relief against Columbus.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (60-65) lost to the Brewers, 11-9, yesterday at Citi Field. Former Bisons OF ANGEL PAGAN had three hits, including his seventh home run of the season. INF RUBEN TEJADA doubled twice for New York. The Mets host the Brewers at 1:10 p.m.
The Bisons youth came through in a big way on Saturday night as Jordany Valdespin smashed a three run home run and Raul Reyes hit two doubles driving in two runs and scoring one.
With the contributions from the Bisons young sluggers the Herd made a sixth inning comeback piling on the runs to beat the Clippers 15-3 in a landslide victory at Huntington Park on Saturday.
Down by two runs and with two outs in the sixth inning the Bisons made their stand mounting five run rally started by a solo-home run by Luis Hernandez and finished by a three run home run by Valdespin.
Reyes’ two runs were the first he has driven in while wearing a Bisons uniform, and Valdespins home run was his first in triple-A. Reyes had 50 RBI with double-A Binghamton Mets, and Valdespin had 15 home runs for Binghamton before being called up to the Bisons.
Luis Hernandez provided the pop for the triple-A veterans of the line-up driving out a solo home run of his own and getting an RBI in the seventh inning extending the Bisons lead. Zach Lutz and Josh Satin got in on the action in the ninth inning to add three more runs to the Bisons lead.
Valentino Pascucci drove in Satin and Lutz to bring his RBI total to 87 RBI with a two run single in the ninth inning picking up right where he left off last night in Buffalo.
The win gives the Herd a two game win streak and a record of 6-3 when playing the Clippers at Huntington Park in Columbus. The last time the Bisons played Columbus it was at Coca-Cola Field where the Bisons lost four straight.
The Herd started off the road trip 1-0 against the Clippers who are 80-46 with a 14 game lead in the International League West divison.
Game Notes: Jordany Valdespin hit his first home run in a Bisons uniform, he had 15 with double-A Binghamton Mets…Raul Reyes had two doubles knocking in his first two RBI in a Bisons Jersey, he drove in 50 RBI with double-A Binghamton…Josh Satin walked twice and singled in the ninth inning and driving in a run extending his hit streak to eight games.