August 2011

News & Notes: Game 127

Saturday, August 20, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Huntington Park
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (54-72, 5th(-18.0), North)
LHP Mark Cohoon (3-8, 6.17)

Columbus Clippers (80-46, 1st(+14.0), West)
RHP Joe Martinez (8-6, 4.01)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Columbus Clippers in the first game of a four-game set at Huntington Park (7:05 p.m.). Tonight’s game begins an eight-game roadtrip for the Herd, who will also travel to Toledo to face the Mud Hens. The Bisons are coming off a 6-4 homestand that ending with a 3-1 series win over Toledo.

VS. THE CLIPPERS: It’s been more than two months since the Bisons faced the Clippers. Columbus swept Buffalo in a four-game set, June 11-14, back at Coca-Cola Field. Prior to those four losses, the Herd had won five straight over the Clippers. Buffalo is 5-3 at Huntington Park since the Clippers opened their new stadium for the 2009 season.

ON THE HILL: LHP MARK COHOON will make his 15th start with the Bisons today. The southpaw is winless in his last five outings, but has allowed three runs or less in four of those starts. In the first game of a doubleheader on August 15 against Durham, Cohoon allowed just two runs in 6.1 innings of work but fell in a 2-1 Bisons defeat.

RALLY HERD: The Bisons earned their seventh walk-off win last night thanks to a two-run home run from INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI in the 11th inning. It was the Bisons first win this year after trailing after eight innings (previously 0-57). Five of the six wins by the Bisons on the homestand came in games the team trailed in the sixth inning or later. Despite being 18 games under the .500 mark, Buffalo is 33-32 in games decided by two runs or less.

SMOOTH AS: INF JOSH SATIN has hit in seven straight games with a .440 (11-25) average over the last week. The Triple-A rookie has hit in 24 of his 27 games since joining the Bisons on July 22. You have to go all the way back to May 29-30 while with Double-A Binghamton for the last time Satin went hitless in back-to-back games. 

BISONS BITS: INF ZACH LUTZ hit .353 (12-34) with four home runs and seven RBI during the Bisons 10-game homestand…INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI is tied for 1st in the IL with 85RBI. It’s the most a Bison has had since OF Jason Dubois knocked in 87 during the 2006 season.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (60-64) were defeated by the Brewers yesterday by a 6-1 score. Former Bisons OF ANGEL PAGAN had three of New York’s seven hits, including two doubles. INF RUBEN TEJADA also had two hits and now has a .268 average with the Mets. New York hosts the Brewers this afternoon at 4:10 p.m.

News & Notes: Game 126

Friday, August 19, 2011 (7:35 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, WGR Sportsradio 550, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (53-72, 5th(-18.0), North)
RHP Chris Schwinden (7-6, 3.76)

Toledo Mud Hens (60-67, 4th(-20.0), West)
LHP Fu-Te Ni (5-2, 3.35)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons host the Toledo Mud Hens in the final game of a four-game set at Coca-Cola Field (7:35 p.m.). After opening the series with two straight wins against the Hens, the Herd lost last night and is now 5-4 on its current 10-game homestand. Tomorrow, the Bisons begin an eight-game trip to Ohio to face Columbus and Toledo.

VS. THE HENS: The Bisons are now 2-1 against Toledo. Buffalo has lost a home series against the Mud Hens just once since returning to the IL in 1998 (2003). Overall, the Herd is 30-25 against the Hens in Buffalo. The teams will play the Fifth Third Field portion of their season series, August 24-27.

SCHWING AND MISS: RHP CHRIS SCHWINDEN will make his team-high 23rd start of the season tonight. The righty leads the team with a 3.76ERA and 113 strikeouts. His strikeout total is tied with RHP Kyle Denney (2004) for the fifth most strikeouts in a single season in the Bisons modern era. Next on this list is RHP Randy Kramer, who fanned 120 in 1988.

TEUFEL SCUFFLE: Son, LHP SHAWN TUEFEL, got the better of father and Bisons manager TIM TEUFEL in last night’s 4-0 Toledo win. Shawn struck out a career-high seven batters in six scoreless innings. It was the first time father-son competed in the same game since August 21, 2001 when Ottawa’s Tim Raines and Rochester’s Tim Raines Jr. split a doubleheader in Ottawa.

SMOOTH AS: INF JOSH SATIN brings a six-game hit streak into tonight’s game. The Triple-A rookie has 10 hits in his last 21 at-bats (.476) and now has his average up to .350 in his first 26 games with Buffalo. Satin has already fashioned a 14-game hit streak in his limited time in Buffalo, posting a .400 average (22-55) from July 24 – August 8.

RUN STOPPER: C RAUL CHAVEZ has thrown out 29 of 57 would-be base stealers this year. His success rate of 50.9% is 12% greater than any other catcher in the league. The last International League catcher to finish the season with a better than 50% success rate was Louisville’s Corky Miller, who threw out 22 of 40 attempts in 2001.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (60-63) were off yesterday to get ready for a three-game home set against the Milwaukee Brewers. RHP MIKE PELFREY will get the start for the Mets looking to improve on his 6-9 record for the year. He will face the Brew Crew’s LHP Shaun Marcum. First pitch is 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Tag-Team: Figueroa the pop, Batista the stop

Luis Figueroa led the charge Wednesday afternoon with three extra base hits accounting for three of the Bisons four runs. Figueroa hit a triple to left field, a double to right field and another double to left center field.

Behind Figueroa’s 3-4 day and Miguel Batista’s solid eight inning start the Bisons beat Toledo 4-2 for the second time in two days at Coca-Cola Field.

Figueroa jumped out of the gate slamming a triple off the left-field wall in the first inning just missing a home run. Valentino Pascucci singled into right field to score Figueroa, it was Pascucci’s 83 RBI of the season.

“Figueroa had a nice day, started off with a triple, he amped up his game today and the one pop out was a hit and run play that he gave an effort to try and get on top of a high fastball,” manager Tim Teufel said.

Figueroa followed his triple with a double into right field in the second inning scoring Jesus Feliciano from second base. Figueroa led off the fifth inning with a ground rule double and scored after Zach Lutz followed Figueroa double of his own.

Figueroa was has had three hits in a game ten times this season, and it’s the first time in a game this season that Figueroa has doubled and tripled in a game.

Miguel Batista made sure that the four runs would stand up working eight innings, giving up four hits, one earned run and striking out six Mud Hen’s.

“I was trying to take advantage of the fact that they will swing, they’re the type of team that’s an offensive machine, and if you get behind I the count they will walk but if you don’t they will swing, we tried to take advantage of that, make them swing the bat make them put it in play,” Batista said. “Our whole game plan was going for soft contact.”

Batista continued to dominate right handed batters allowing only one hit in 14 at-bats against righties. Right handed batters are hitting a measly .150 (12-80) against Batista. Four of his six strikeout’s Wednesday came against righties.

“He’s got a lot of ball movement away from right-handed hitters but that front door cutter is a tough one to hit, he starts it in and gets it on that outside corner, his game is getting polished up right now,” Teufel said.

Dale Thayer closed out the game for the Bisons second win in a row and his 17th save in the 2011 season.

Game Notes Luis Figueroa doubled twice and tripled once, the first time he has doubled and tripled in a game this season…Miguel Batista worked a season high eight innings earning his second win of the season…Batista continues to dominate right hand batters holding them to a .150 (12-80) batting average…The Herd moved to 5-3 during their current home stand with the win Wednesday.

News & Notes: Game 124

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 (1:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (52-71, 5th(-18.0), North)
RHP Miguel Batista (1-0, 4.59)

Toledo Mud Hens (59-66, 4th(-20.0), West)
LHP Andy Oliver (7-9, 4.87)

TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Buffalo Bisons host the Toledo Mud Hens in the second game of a four-game set at Coca-Cola Field (1:05 p.m.). The Herd won the series opener against the Hens with last night’s 3-2 walk-off victory. Buffalo is now 4-3 on their current 10-game homestand. The club has trailed in the sixth inning of all four victories.

VS. THE HENS: The Bisons collected the 3-2 victory last night in their first meeting with the Mud Hens this season. The win snapped a six-game Toledo win streak that ended 2010’s season series. Dating back to 2009, Buffalo is just 3-11 in their last 14 games against the Mud Hens.

MIGHTY MIGUEL: RHP MIGUEL BATISTA will make his seventh start with the Bisons today. The veteran is 1-0 with a 3.00ERA in his last four outings with the team. Batista did not earn a win his last time out despite allowing just two runs in 6.1 innings on Thursday against Syracuse. In 33.1 total innings with Buffalo, Batista has held right-handed hitters to a .167 (11-66) batting average with no home runs and a .227 slugging percentage.

SMOOTH AS: INF JOSH SATIN has seven hits in his last 12 at-bats (.583) and now has his average up to .352 in his first 24 games at Triple-A. Satin delivered the Bisons’ fifth walk-off hit of the season with last night’s RBI-single with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning. The infielder has averaged .545 (12-22) off left-handed pitchers this season.

HOT BAT: INF ZACH LUTZ brings a four-game hit streak into today’s game. In 10 games since being activated off the disabled list on August 6, the infielder has averaged .314 (11-35) with a double, three home runs and five RBI. Lutz’s eighth home run of the season last time ties him with OF Fernando Martinez for second on the team behind INF Valentino Pascucci (18).

BISONS BITS: INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI is tied for 2nd in the International League with 82RBI on the season. He is also 6th with 18 home runs…RHP JOHN LUJAN has made nine consecutive scoreless appearances out of the Bisons bullpen, spanning 10.1 innings of work.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (59-63) lost to the Padres, 6-1 last night. New York was held to just four hits in the loss, two from former Bisons INF RUBEN TEJADA. LHP JON NIESE fell to 11-10 on the season despite allowing just three runs in six innings of work. The rubber match of the three-game set is tonight in San Diego at 6:35 p.m.

Lutz, Satin jar the ‘Hens

Zach Lutz had the longest and the shortest hit on Tuesday night at Coca-Cola Field. Both of them were equally important.

The Bisons’ slugger homered and then scored the game-winning run in Buffalo’s 3-2 walk-off win over the Mud Hens in the first game of a four-game series. Lutz’s hard slide into home with one out in the ninth inning knocked the ball out of the glove of Max St. Pierre to give Buffalo another late-inning victory.

Lutz got the Bisons on the board with a mammoth home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Trailing 1-0, he knocked Toledo starter Ramon Garcia from the game by knocking his 1-1 change up out of the ballpark. Lutz’s eighth home run of the season cleared the screen in left field and bounced onto Oak St.

Two innings later and with the score now tied at two, Lutz led off the ninth with a single that glanced off the arm of reliever Brendan Wise. He moved to into scoring position thanks to a wild pitch from Wise.

Two batters later, Josh Satin ripped a single into left field for his third hit of the game. Tim Teufel waived Lutz home but a good throw from Ben Guez in left beat Lutz to the plate. The third baseman slid in hard and the ball popped out of the St. Pierre’s glove for the game-winning tally.

The win for Buffalo went to John Lujan in relief. Dylan Owen did not earn a decision for his 6.2 innings of solid work. The starter helped out a tired bullpen and scattered seven hits. Owen threw 102 pitches, one short of his season high.

The Bisons have just seven home games left in 2011, including their final afternoon start on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. against the Mud Hens.

BISONS NOTES:Prior to the game, the Bisons placed OF Fernando Martinez on the disabled list with a left wrist sprain. With the roster move, C/1B Soloman Manriquez was promoted from Double-A Binghamton…Tuesday’s game was the first against Toledo since July 26, 2010. Buffalo had played 164 games since that contest.

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