Chris Schwinden took the mound as a Bison for the last time in 2011 Saturday night, taking the loss in the Bisons’ 3-0 finale of a two-game series in Lehigh Valley Saturday night.
Schwinden allowed two earned runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings, striking out five with one walk.
Kevin Frandsen’s triple brought home Brian Bass and Pete Orr in the third for a 2-0 IronPigs lead.
The Bisons mustered just two hits – both Jordany Valdespin singles – against Lehigh Valley starter Brian Bass, who shut out Buffalo for eight innings with 10 strikeouts to one walk.
Rich Franklin singled against lefty reliever Mike O’Connor in the fifth, stole second and third and scored on a single by Kevin Frandsen.
The Bisons play a doubleheader in Scranton tomorrow, the opener of their final series of the season.
Justin De Fratus locked up the save, retiring Raul Reyes, Fernando Perez and Luis Figueroa in order in the ninth.
Game Notes: Schwinden finished with 134 strikeouts on the season, leading all Bisons… The Bisons lost the season series with the IronPigs, 9-7.
Saturday, September 3, 2011 (6:35 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Park
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (60-79, 5th(-18.0), North)
RHP Chris Schwinden (8-7, 3.95)
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (77-64, 2nd(-2.0), North)
RHP Brian Bass (7-10, 4.01)
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the second game of a two-game series at Coca-Cola Park (6:35 p.m.). The Herd began its season-ending roadtrip last night with a 3-1 loss to the IronPigs. Buffalo has now lost three straight after winning three consecutive games, August 27-29.
VS. THE IRONPIGS: The Bisons are 7-8 against the IronPigs this season. A win tonight would give the Herd an even split of the season series with Lehigh Valley. RHP CHRIS SCHWINDEN is 0-1 with a 2.92ERA in two previous starts against the IronPigs this year (12.1IP, 11K).
SCHWING AND MISS: RHP CHRIS SCHWINDEN will make his team-high 26th start of the season tonight. The Triple-A rookie was named the Bisons Most Valuable Pitcher on Thursday. Schwinden leads the Bisons with a 3.95ERA and 129 strikeouts and is tied with LHP Pat Misch for the team-high with eight wins. Schwinden’s 129 strikeouts are the 4th most in a single season by a Bisons pitcher in the modern era.
SPIN CONTROL: INF JORDANY VALDESPIN brings an 11-game hit streak into tonight’s game. The infielder has averaged .386 (17-44) since the streak began on August 22. Valdespin has also collected five doubles, a home run and four RBI during the streak.
HIT KING: OF JESUS FELICIANO is seven hits away from Bisons modern era record for career hits. With 371 hits, Feliciano trails only Billy Selby (378). Feliciano has posted a .306 average in his three years in Buffalo, the 4th highest average in the past 24 seasons. He led the International League with 154 hits during the 2009 season.
HONOR GOES TO: The Bisons announced their 2011 player awards on Thursday with INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI named the team’s MVP. Pascucci leads the Herd with 21 home runs and 91RBI. RHP CHRIS SCHWINDEN was named Most Valuable Pitcher while LHP JUSTIN HAMPSON took home both the Comeback Player of the Year and the team’s Community Service Award.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (67-69) won their third straight games with a 7-3 victory in Washington last night. Former Bisons INF NICK EVANS and OF LUCAS DUDA homered as well as 3B DAVID WRIGHT. RHP R.A. DICKEY pitched six innings for his seventh win. The Mets take on the Nationals again tonight at 7:05 p.m.
The Bisons battled into the ninth inning in a 1-1 tie, but shortstop Jordany Valdespin’s throwing error scored Cody Overbeck, giving Lehigh Valley a walk-off win in the opener of Buffalo’s final road trip of the season Friday night.
Fernando Perez scored from third on Luis Hernandez’ fly out with the bases loaded, knotting the score at 1-1 in the fourth.
Pat Misch allowed just one run on six hits over seven innings, striking out five with three walks.
John Lujan (3-4) threw 1 2/3 innings in relief, taking the loss on the unearned run.
The Bisons threatened with the bases loaded and two outs after Phillippe Aumont intentionally walked Jesus Feliciano, but Aumont caught pinch hitter Bubba Bell looking for the third out. Aumont (1-0) earned the win.
Fernando Perez went 2-for-4 in the loss.
Lehigh Valley’s Ryan Edell took a no decision, leaving the game after seven innings of one-run ball.
Game Notes: Misch leads all Bisons with 12 quality starts in 2011… Feliciano missed out on a chance to inch closer on the Bisons’ modern-era career hit list, going 0-for-3. He’s seven behind Bill Selby’s 378.
Friday, September 2, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Park
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, WGR Sportsradio 550 AM, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (60-78, 5th(-17.0), North)
LHP Pat Misch (8-9, 4.14)
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (76-64, 2nd(-2.0), North)
LHP Ryan Edell (5-5, 3.60)
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the first game of a two-game series at Coca-Cola Park (7:05 p.m.). Tonight’s game begins the Herd’s final roadtrip of the season as the club will also play three games in two nights in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Bisons finished up the home portion of the 2011 season last night with a 6-2 defeat to Syracuse.
VS. THE IRONPIGS: The Bisons are 7-7 against the IronPigs so far this season. The Herd has won four of the last five meetings, including a two-game sweep of the I-Pigs in Lehigh Valley, July 30-31. The Bisons and IronPigs have split the 62 games since Lehigh Valley joined the league in 2008.
DISCH ON MISCH: LHP PAT MISCH will make his 22nd start of the season. The southpaw was dominating his last time out, allowing just and unearned run in seven innings of a 3-1 win over Rochester on Sunday. The victory was Misch’s 20th in three seasons with the Bisons, only the second lefty to reach that mark in the modern era (9th pitcher overall). LHP Jason Stanford won 26 games in parts of eight seasons with the Herd, 2001-2008.
HIT KING: With five games left, OF JESUS FELICIANO is only seven hits away from Bisons modern era hit king, Billy Selby (378). Feliciano is now in sole possession of 2nd place (371) thanks to a five-game hit streak that began on August 27. Feliciano is the only Bisons player in the modern era to record three consecutive 100+ hit seasons for Buffalo.
SPIN CONTROL: INF JORDANY VALDESPIN is the ninth different Bisons player to reach double digits with a hit streak this year. The Triple-A rookie has hit .400 (16-40) since August 22 with a home run and four RBI. The Bisons longest hit streak this season was a 19-gamer from OF Nick Evans.
HONOR GOES TO: The Bisons announced their 2011 player awards last night with INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI named the team’s MVP. Pascucci leads the Herd with 21 home runs and 91RBI. RHP CHRIS SCHWINDEN was named Most Valuable Pitcher while LHP JUSTIN HAMPSON took home both the Comeback Player of the Year and the team’s Community Service Award.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (66-69) earned a 7-5 victory over the Marlins last night. In his first start with the Mets, former Bisons RHP MIGUEL BATISTA allowed two runs in six innings to earn the win. OF LUCAS DUDA drove home two runs and now has 41RBI on the season. The Mets are in Washington tonight for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.
Thursday, September 1, 2011 (6:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet 13
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (60-77, 5th(-16.5), North)
RHP Dylan Owen (6-6, 4.18)
Syracuse Chiefs (64-71, 4th(-11.5), North)
RHP Yunesky Maya (3-9, 5.09)
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons host the Syracuse Chiefs in the final game of a two-game series at Coca-Cola Field (6:05 p.m.). Tonight’s contest is also the Bisons final home game of the 2011 season. The Herd is 35-36 at home this year and need a win today to avoid only its sixth losing record a Coca-Cola Field in the last 24 seasons.
VS. THE CHIEFS: The Bisons are 4-11 against the Chiefs this season. Buffalo has lost the season series to their Thruway rival in each of the past four years. Prior to that, the Bisons had the better side of the match-up in seven of eight years from 2000-2007. Since the Herd returned to the IL in 1998, the teams have evenly split their 224 games.
DEALIN’ DYLAN: The final home start of the season belongs to RHP DYLAN OWEN. The righty is closing the season strong, posting a win and a 0.84ERA in his last three starts. On August 26 in Toledo, Owen tossed 7.2 innings of shutout baseball, but did not earn a decision in the Mud Hens 1-0 win. Owen ranks second on the Bisons with 91 strikeouts.
ROSTER MOVE: Just prior to last night’s game, OF MIKE BAXTER was added to the Herd’s roster. Baxter spent most of August in New York and hit .250 (4-16) with two RBI in 10 games. To make roster room, INF ZACH LUTZ was placed on the disabled list. Lutz has hit .295 (65-220) with 11 home runs and 31RBI in 61 games this season.
HIT KING: OF JESUS FELICIANO is now just eight hits away from Bisons modern era hit king, Billy Selby (378). Feliciano picked up his 370th hit as a Bison last night, tying him for second with Greg Tubbs. Feliciano is the first Bisons player in the modern era to collect three consecutive 100+ hit seasons.
SPIN CONTROL: INF JORDANY VALDESPIN brings a nine-game hit streak into tonight’s game. The Triple-A rookie has hit .378 (14-37) since the streak began on August 22. Of the 14 total hits in the streak, six have been for extra bases (five doubles, one home run).
METS UPDATE: The Mets (65-69) rallied past the Marlins last night, 3-2. After the Bisons game, INF JOSH SATIN learned he will be promoted to New York as part of the major league roster expansion. Satin is having a breakout season in the Mets organization, hitting .323 (156-483) with 42 doubles, 12 home runs and 76RBI in 132 games between the Bisons and Double-A Binghamton. The Mets host Florida at 7:10 p.m.