Herd bats silent behind Owen’s masterpiece

Dylan Owen retired the final 12 batters he faced in a Friday night pitchers’ duel, but Timo Perez’ single broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the eighth, giving Toledo a 1-0 win at Fifth Third Field.

Owen threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings with five hits, seven strikeouts and two walks. He left the game after 107 pitches, 70 of them for strikes.

Justin Hampson hit Will Rhymes and allowed a single to Justin Henry before Perez’ game-winning single.

Enrique Gonzalez struck out Zach Lutz, forced Valentino Pascucci to fly out and struck out Josh Satin for the save.

Toledo starter Jacob Turner threw six shutout innings, but left with a scoreless tie after allowing four hits with six strikeouts to one walk.

A Jesus Feliciano walk and Luis Hernandez single put runners on the corners in the seventh, but Toledo reliever Brayan Villareal escaped on a double play hit into by Raul Reyes.

Villareal earned the win with two scoreless innings.

Hernandez and Jordany Valdespin each had two hits.

Game Notes: Reliever Jose De La Torre rejoined the active roster before the game, taking the spot of Miguel Batista, who the Mets selected for a call-up… Valdespin stole his second base as a Bison in the fourth.

News & Notes: Game 133

Friday, August 26, 2011 (7:00 p.m.) – Fifth Third Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (57-75, 5th(-17.0), North)
RHP Dylan Owen (6-6, 4.47)

Toledo Mud Hens (64-70, 4th(-18.0), West)
RHP Jacob Turner (1-0, 4.76)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Toledo Mud Hens in the third game of a four-game series from Fifth Third Field (7:00 p.m.). The Herd has lost three straight games after winning three straight over Columbus to begin this roadtrip. On Sunday, the Bisons return to Buffalo for the final four home games of the 2011 season.

VS. THE HENS: The Bisons have lost 11 straight games at Fifth Third Field. The Herd’s last win in Toledo was a 5-3 victory on May 28, 2008 in which OF Shin-Soo Choo had one of Buffalo’s six doubles and RHP Matt Ginter allowed two runs in six innings for the win. The Mud Hens swept four games from the Bisons at Fifth Third Field in both 2009 and 2010.

DEALIN’ DYLAN: RHP DYLAN OWEN will make his 19th start of the season today. The righty allowed just one run on three hits in seven innings in a victory over Columbus on Sunday. Owen has given up just one run in back-to-back starts and is now tied for second on the Bisons with 84 strikeouts. Owen allowed just one run in 6.2 innings to Toledo in a no-decision on August 16.

ROSTER MOVE: The Mets have selected the contract of Bisons RHP MIGUEL BATISTA. The veteran was 3-0 with a 4.24ERA in 10 games and eight starts with the Bisons. Batista won his last two starts with the Herd, including an eight-inning effort over the Mud Hens on August 17.

HIGH HONORS: INF JOSH SATIN was named to the Eastern League Post-Season All-Star Team yesterday. Prior to his promotion to the Bisons, the 26-year old hit .325 with 35 doubles, 11 home runs and a .423 on-base percentage. Satin has continued to hit since joining the Bisons, posting a .328 average and 15RBI in his first 33 career Triple-A games.

BISONS BITS: OF JESUS FELICIANO went hitless last night and remains at 366 hits for his 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 68 walks on the year…RHP DALE THAYER is sixth in the IL with his 18 saves.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (61-68) had an off day last night and have announced they won’t be playing games this weekend at Citi Field either. The club has postponed both games against the Braves because of the expected arrival of Hurricane Irene. The Mets will still face Atlanta tonight with a 7:10 p.m. game scheduled.

Herd drops second to Toledo series, 6-1

Early walks proved costly for the Herd, as they dropped the second of a four-game series in Toledo Thursday night, 6-1.

Herd pitchers stranded 17 Toledo runners, but the offense couldn’t capitalize on eight hits.

Toledo scored on a pair of bases-loaded walks by starter Mark Cohoon in the first before Salomon Manriquez cut the deficit in half in the second, scoring Jesus Feliciano on a single.

Manriquez’ 2-for-3 night gave him his first hits since returning to the Bisons from Double-A Binghamton.

Toledo loaded the bases again in the second on two walks and a Timo Perez single, when Ryan Strieby scored Will Rhymes with a single.

Cohoon walked in Toledo’s fourth run on his sixth free pass before another lefty, reliever Mike O’Connor, took over. Cohoon threw 74 pitches, 36 of them for strikes over just 1 and 2/3 innings, allowing four earned runs.

Zach Lutz went 2-for-4 with singles in the sixth and eighth.

Starter Ramon Garcia earned the win, allowing one earned run on seven hits with four strikeouts to one walk.

O’Connor and Taylor Tankersley combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings in relief with three strikeouts each.

Justin Hampson hit Ben Guez with the bases loaded in the seventh, pushing the lead to 5-1.

Game Notes: Bubba Bell, who flew out as a pinch hitter, rejoined the team before the game after missing eight games on the disabled list… Jordany Valdespin registered a hit for the fourth consecutive game.

News & Notes: Game 132

Thursday, August 25, 2011 (6:30 p.m.) – Fifth Third Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (57-74, 5th(-17.0), North)
LHP Mark Cohoon (4-8, 6.05)

Toledo Mud Hens (63-70, 4th(-19.0), West)
LHP Ramon Garcia (0-3, 3.86)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Toledo Mud Hens in the second game of a four-game series from Fifth Third Field (6:30 p.m.). The Herd is looking to bounce back from a 7-6 defeat in last night’s series opener. The Bisons have now lost two in a row after beginning this eight-game roadtrip with three straight wins. Buffalo has just four home games left this season, August 28-29 vs. Rochester and August 31-September 1 vs. Syracuse.

VS. THE HENS: The Bisons’ drought at Fifth Third Field has entered 2011. The Herd was swept by the Mud Hens in both 2009 and 2010 and lost game one of this series last night, 7-6. Since a 5-3 victory on May 28, 2008, Buffalo has lost 10 straight games at the home of the Hens.

ON THE BUMP: LHP MARK COHOON takes the hill for the 16th time with the Bisons. The southpaw defeated Columbus on Saturday with six innings of three-run ball. Cohoon threw a season-high 103 pitches in the victory over the Clippers. The Triple-A rookie has allowed three earned runs or less in three straight starts and 10 of 12 starts since June 17.

HIT KING: OF JESUS FELICIANO doubled home two runs in the first inning last night for his 98th hit of the season. The outfielder has 366 hits with the team since 2009, only 12 shy of Bill Selby’s modern era record total of 378.  Feliciano had 154 hits in 2009 and 114 last season. No Bisons player has ever had three consecutive 100 hit seasons in the modern era.

ROSTER MOVE: The Bisons activated OF BUBBA BELL from the disabled list today. Bell had missed eight games with a left hamstring strain. The outfielder leads the Bisons with eight stolen bases and has hit .234 (34-145) with a home run and 17RBI in 58 games with the Bisons.

MR. VP: INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI continues to lead all International League hitters with his 90RBI. The last time a Bisons player led a league in RBI was 1996 when OF Nigel Wilson led the defunct American Association with 95RBI. Buffalo Baseball and IL Hall of Famer Frank “Pancho” Herrera was the last Bisons player to lead the International League in RBI (108 in 1962).

METS UPDATE: The Mets (61-68) defeated the rival Phillies, 7-4, on Wednesday night. Former Bison OF NICK EVANS went 3-4 with his second home run of the season and four RBI. DAVID WRIGHT also went deep for the 11th time this season. The Mets are off today and will open up a seven-game homestand tomorrow against Atlanta.

Worth proves his in Hens win

Raul Reyes’ first Triple-A home run gave the Herd a two-run lead, but Danny Worth responded in the bottom of the sixth with a grand slam gave the Toledo a 7-6 win to open a four-game series in Toledo.

Chris Schwinden, who took the loss, left with the game tied but the bases loaded and one out for reliever Gustavo Chacin.

Schwinden allowed six earned runs on five hits with four strikeouts and a walk.

Chacin retired Jeff Salazar but surrendered the slam to Worth with two outs in the inning.

Reyes, 24, broke a 3-3 tie with his two-run shot in his seventh game with Buffalo.

Buffalo’s offense struck early against Fu-Te Ni with three runs in the first on Josh Satin’s RBI single and Jesus Feliciano’s two-run double.

However Toledo evened the score in the bottom of the second with a Scott Thorman double, Argenis Diaz RBI single and a two-run home run by Max St. Pierre off of Schwinden.

Jordany Valdespin, who went 2-for-5, doubled for the third consecutive game.

Satin picked up his second RBI on the night and 15th as a Bison on a single in the seventh, scoring Luis Hernandez from third to cut the deficit to one.

Enrique Gonzalez retired Valdespin, Luis Hernandez and Zach Lutz with two strikeouts in a perfect ninth for his 11th save.

Game Notes: With 366 hits, Jesus Feliciano trails Bill Selby by just 12 for the modern-era career Bisons record… Five days ago, Schwinden and Ni dueled to no decisions before Valentino Pascucci’s 11th-inning walk-off homer… The Herd drops to 3-2 on the season series with Toledo.