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Sandy Alderson visits Buffalo

First year Mets general manager, SandyAlderson, took in his first Bisons game Wedneday night.  Prior to his post-game promotion of infielder Josh Satin, he took questions from the Buffalo media. 

The conversation covers a wide range of topics from Major League rehabs, Bisons in the big leagues, the job of the club’s staff and Tim Teufel as well as the Mets/Bisons partnership moving ahead:

After the game Bisons broadcaster, Ben Wagner talked with the newest New York Mets infielder, Josh Satin:

Read more about the Bisons and Josh Satin’s promotion via

Satin sent to NYC for September

A round of applause roared in the Bisons clubhouse after Wednesday’s game.

It was for 26-year old Josh Satin, who learned he will be a major league rookie on Thursday. With the major league rosters expanding on Thursday, September 1st, there’s room in New York for infielder Josh Satin.

Bisons manager Tim Teufel said postgame on Wednesday that Satin will be promoted to the Mets on September 1st. Satin will join former Bisons pitcher Josh Stinson in the first round of call-ups to the major leagues.

It’s the first time in the big leagues for Satin, who is having a breakout season in the Mets organization. New York’s 25th round pick in the 2007 draft has combined to hit .323 (156-483) with 42 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs and 76RBI in 132 games between Double-A Binghamton and the Bisons.

With the Herd, Satin hit in 31 of his 38 games.

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.