Monday, August 29, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet HD 713
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (59-76, 5th(-17.5), North)
RHP Chris Schwinden (7-7, 3.86)
Rochester Red Wings (50-87, 6th(-27.5), North)
RHP Eric Hacker (7-12, 5.74)
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons host the Rochester Red Wings in the second game of a two-game series at Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd is looking for the sweep after defeating its rival last night, 3-1. The Bisons have won two straight and are an even 13-13 for the month of August. Buffalo has just three home games left in the 2011 season.
VS. THE WINGS: The Bisons clinched the season-series victory over the Red Wings with their win last night. Buffalo is 9-6 against Rochester this season. Last night’s victory was the Herd’s fifth straight over the Wings at Coca-Cola Field. The Bisons are 20-11 against Rochester since the start of 2010.
SCHWING AND MISS: RHP CHRIS SCHWINDEN takes the ball for his team-high 25th start of the season. He is the 16th Bisons pitcher in the modern era to make 25 starts for the team in one season. The Triple-A rookie has 123 strikeouts on the year, the fourth most by a Bisons pitcher. Schwinden can pull into the top three with seven more punchouts, trailing RHP Mike York’s 130 strikeouts in 1990. Schwinden also leads the Bisons with a 3.86ERA.
Mr. VP: INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI slugged his 21st homer of the season last night. He now has 91RBI on the season, tied with Gwinnett’s Stefan Gartrell for the most in the IL. The last Bisons player to lead a league in RBI was OF Nigel Wilson, who led the American Association with 95 in 1996. Pascucci’s 91RBI this year are already the 6th most for a Bisons player in the modern era.
SPIN CONTROL: INF JORDANY VALDESPIN brings a seven-game hit streak into tonight’s game. Since August 22, the Triple-A rookie has averaged .429 (12-28) with four doubles, three RBI and three runs scored. He has also stolen two bases during the streak.
BISONS BITS: OF JESUS FELICIANO has become the first Bisons player in the modern era to collect three consecutive 100 hit seasons. The outfielder is now 10 hits shy of Bill Selby’s modern era record total of 378…RHP DALE THAYER earned his 20th save last night. He’s the fifth Bisons pitcher in the modern era to reach that single-season milestone…LHP MIKE O’CONNOR is 3-0 with nine strikeouts and 10.1 scoreless innings against Rochester this year.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (63-68) hope they’ll get back to baseball this evening. New York will host Florida with a 7:10 p.m. first pitch from Citi Field. The Mets were postponed both games this weekend because of Hurricane Irene.
Two veterans were in their usual form for the Bisons on Sunday night. Each helped the club to a 3-1 win over the rival Rochester Red Wings at Coca-Cola Field.
Pat Misch scattered six hits over seven solid innings and Valentino Pascucci hit another moon shot to give the Bisons a victory to open up their final homestand of the 2011 season. With only three home games left, the duo sent 10,177 Bisons fans home happy on Sunday.
Misch allowed six hits, but none went for extra bases. Making the big pitches when needed, he forced Rochester to leave 10 men on base to go along with five strikeouts.
The defense picked up the southpaw in the third inning of a scoreless game. With two runners on base, Rochester’s Ray Chang singled up the middle. Jesus Feliciano charged hard from center and threw Toby Gardenhire out trying to score from second base.
Misch then picked up his teammates in his seventh and final inning. The Red Wings loaded the bases with no outs thanks in large part to two fielding errors. The veteran battled back to get a doubleplay from Dusty Martin and a fly out from Brian Dinkelman to limit the damage to one unearned run.
Buffalo scored in three straight innings to build a 3-0 lead. Luis Hernandez drove home a run in the fourth inning while Raul Chavez came around on a wild pitch in the fifth. In the sixth, Pascucci hit his 21st home run of the season over the protective netting in left field.
Pascucci followed his home run in Sunday’s game with eight more post game to win the club’s annual home run derby contest.
Dale Thayer closed out the win with a perfect ninth inning. The save was his 20th of the season, becoming only the fifth Bisons player in the modern era to reach 20 saves in a single season.
BISONS NOTES: Jesus Feliciano collected his 100th hit of the season with a fourth-inning single. He is the first Bisons player in the modern era to record 100 or more hits in three consecutive seasons with the team…Jordany Valdespin went 1-4 to improve his hit streak to seven games…Pascucci defeated Josh Satin and Zach Lutz in the post game home run derby challenge.
Sunday, August 28, 2011 (6:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet HD 713
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (58-76, 5th(-18.0), North)
LHP Pat Misch (7-9, 4.37)
Rochester Red Wings (50-86, 6th(-27.0), North)
RHP Deinys Suarez (0-2, 7.90)
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons host the Rochester Red Wings in the first game of a two-game series at Coca-Cola Field (6:05 p.m.). The Bisons have just four home games left in the 2011 season as they will also host Syracuse for two games, August 31-September 1. The Herd is coming off their Ohio roadtrip where it went 3-1 in Columbus and 1-3 in Toledo.
VS. THE WINGS: The Bisons are 8-6 against the Red Wings this season. The Herd has defeated Rochester in its last four games at Coca-Cola Field. The clubs last met August 1-2 when they split a two-game set at Frontier Field. The 2011 Thruway Series Cup has already been won by the Syracuse Chiefs.
DISCH ON MISCH: LHP PAT MISCH makes his 21st start of the season tonight. The southpaw is 4-4 at home this season with a 4.68ERA in 10 starts. Misch has worked into the seventh inning in each of his last three starts and despite a 1-2 record has posted a 3.27ERA in those outings. Misch is tied with RHP Chris Schwinden for the team lead with seven wins on the season.
SPIN CONTROL: INF JORDANY VALDESPIN was a perfect 3-3 with a walk in last night’s 3-2 win in Toledo. The Triple-A rookie returns home with a six-game hit streak over which he has averaged .458 (11-24) with four doubles, three RBI and three runs scored.
THE CLOSER: RHP DALE THAYER notched his 19th save of the season with a perfect 1-2-3 inning last night. Only four other pitchers have reached the 20-save plateau in the Bisons modern era. RHP Chris Nichting holds the single-season team record with 26 during the 2000 season. Thayer has saved 19 games in 24 chances for a 79% success rate.
BISONS BITS: OF JESUS FELICIANO collected his 367th Bisons hit to tie INF Brandon Phillip for 4th in the modern era. Feliciano is 11 shy of Bill Selby’s modern era record total of 378…INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI has 90RBI on the season to lead all International League hitters by two…Pascucci’s stolen base last night was his first since August 19, 2009 while with Triple-A Portland..LHP MIKE O’CONNOR is 3-0 with nine strikeouts and 10.1 scoreless innings against Rochester this season.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (63-68) will wait one more day for the effects of Hurricane Irene to leave the New York City area. The team postponed both Saturday’s and Sunday’s game in advance of the weekend. The club will host the Marlins tomorrow at 7:10 p.m.
Valentino Pascucci isn’t known for stealing bases and without a stolen base in 133 games he decided to change that by swiping second base in the sixth inning of Saturday night’s game reaching second standing up in the Bisons 134th game of the year.
Thanks to Pascucci’s first stolen base of the 2011 season and a single into right field by Josh Satin the Bisons ended their four game losing streak by beating Toledo 3-2 at Fifth Third Field.
Zach Lutz put the Bisons in the lead in the third inning smashing a two run home run over the left field wall scoring Jordany Valdespin. After the Mud Hens battled back into the game the Bisons manufactured the game winning run in the sixth.
Pascucci didn’t steal a base at all in the 2010 season with the Bisons. Pascucci did have one stolen base in the 2009 season with triple-A Portland Beavers and two in 2008 with the triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes.
Pascucci planned the steal well coasting into second without a throw or having to slide. Satin drove a single into right field scoring Pascucci from second for Satin’s 16th RBI with the Bisons.
Fernando Perez drew a walk in the seventh and on a single by Valdespin into left field Perez went from first to third putting himself into scoring position. With Luis Hernandez batting Perez broke for home on a sucide squeeze but with the pitch in the dirt Hernandez couldn’t make contact and Perez was hung out to dry.
Dale Thayer closed out the game in Toledo earning his 19 th save of the season giving the Bisons a 4-4 split on a road trip that the Bisons started 3-0.
Game Notes: Valentino Pascucci stole second base for the first time in 193 games with the Bisons…Jordany Valdespin extended his hit streak to six games going 3-3 and scoring a run on Saturday night…Dale Thayer added to his save total getting his International league leading 19 th save Saturday night.
Saturday, August 27, 2011 (7:00 p.m.) – Fifth Third Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (57-76, 5th(-18.5), North)
RHP Brian Sweeney (4-5, 4.50)
Toledo Mud Hens (65-70, 4th(-17.0), West)
LHP Andrew Oliver (8-10, 4.73)
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Toledo Mud Hens in the finale of a four-game series from Fifth Third Field (7:00 p.m.). The Herd is 3-4 on its current roadtrip, having won the first three games in Columbus before dropping four straight. The Bisons return home to Buffalo tomorrow to host Rochester for two games and Syracuse for two games.
VS. THE HENS: The Bisons are still in search of a solution to Fifth Third Field. Buffalo has lost the first three games of this series and has now lost 12 straight in Toledo. The last time the Bisons won at Fifth Third Field was a 5-3 victory on May 28, 2008. A win today would snap that streak and give the Herd a 4-4 split in their 2011 season series against the Mud Hens.
BACK ON THE BUMP: RHP BRIAN SWEENEY will start tonight as RHP Miguel Batista was promoted to New York yesterday. Sweeney went 2-3 in five starts with the Herd after being signed on May 6. He was then moved to the bullpen where he has worked in relief in 23 of his last 24 outings. Sweeney did make a spot start in the second game of a doubleheader on August 15 against Durham. He allowed two runs in 3.1 innings of a no-decision.
MIXED RESULTS: The Bisons scored 31 runs in the first three games of this roadtrip, racking up victories of 15-3, 10-2 and 6-4 over the Clippers. However, the Herd has produced just six runs in four losses since. Buffalo was shutout 5-0 by the Clippers on August 23 and 1-0 by Toledo last night.
SPIN CONTROL: INF JORDANY VALDESPIN brings a five-game hit streak into tonight’s game. The Triple-A rookie has averaged .381 (8-21) with four doubles, three RBI and two runs scored Since August 22. In the seven games this roadtrip began, Valdespin has hit .353 with a home run and seven RBI.
BISONS BITS: OF JESUS FELICIANO has 366 hits for his three-year Bisons career, 12 shy of Bill Selby’s modern era record total of 378…INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI has 90RBI on the season, tops in the International League. He also ranks second with 69 walks on the year…RHP DALE THAYER is sixth in the IL with his 18 saves.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (63-68) shutout the Braves, 6-0, thanks to a dominating performance from LHP CHRIS CAPUANO. The southpaw allowed just two hits and struck out 13 batters to improve to 10-11 on the year. The Mets now have the weekend off, as both games scheduled have been postponed because of Hurricane Irene.