Wednesday, August 24, 2011 (6:30 p.m.) – Fifth Third Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet 13
Buffalo Bisons (57-73, 5th(-16.0), North)
RHP Chris Schwinden (7-6, 3.60)
Toledo Mud Hens (62-70, 4th(-19.0), West)
LHP Fu-Te Ni (5-2, 3.16)
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Toledo Mud Hens in the first game of a four-game series from Fifth Third Field (6:30 p.m.). The Herd is coming off a 3-1 series win in Columbus to begin this roadtrip. Even with last night’s loss, the Bisons have won nine of their last 13 games.
VS. THE HENS: The Bisons are 3-1 against the Mud Hens this season, having won a series back at Coca-Cola Field last week. However, the Herd has not won a game at Fifth Third Field since May 28, 2008. Since then, Buffalo has lost nine straight games in Toledo by a combined score of 64-32.
SCHWING AND MISS: RHP CHRIS SCHWINDEN will make his team-high 24th start of the season tonight. The Triple-A rookie leads the Bisons with a 3.60ERA and 119 strikeouts. Schwinden’s strikeout total is the 5th highest single-season total for a Bisons pitcher in the modern era. He is one strikeout behind RHP Randy Kramer (1988) for 4th place. Schwinden is also tied with LHP Pat Misch for seven wins on the season.
HIT KING: OF JESUS FELICIANO has 97 hits this season. The three-year Bisons’ outfielder has 365 hits with the team since 2009, only 13 shy of Bill Selby’s modern era record total of 378. With two more hits, Feliciano will tie INF Brandon Phillips (267) for the fourth most in the team’s modern era.
ROSTER MOVE: The Mets have recalled C MIKE NICKEAS from the Bisons. The backstop began the year with New York and also made a big league stint, July 28 to August 5. In nine games with the Mets, Nickeas has hit .217 (5-23) with a home run and three RBI. He has averaged .214 (36-168) with two home runs and 15RBI in 60 games with the Bisons this season.
MR. VP: INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI continues to lead all International League hitters with his 90RBI. The slugger also has 20 homers on the season, becoming the first Bisons player since DH Ernie Young to post 20HR/90RBI in a single season. Young had 25 home runs and 100RBI in 2004.
BISONS BITS: INF ZACH LUTZ has at least one RBI in eight of his last 11 games…C RAUL CHAVEZ has thrown out 50.9% of would-be base stealers (29CS, 57ATT). He leads all IL catchers by more than 12%.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (60-68) lost to the Phillies, 9-4, last night from Philadelphia. Former Bison OF LUCAS DUDA hit his seventh home run of the year in the loss while INF JUSTIN TURNER had two doubles. The Mets take on the Phillies today at 1:05 p.m.
A home run barrage and seven shutout innings from spot starter Paulo Espino helped the Columbus Clippers top the Bisons, 5-5, avoiding a four-game sweep Tuesday night at Huntington Park.
Buffalo managed just two hits, but Jordany Valdespin continued his hot streak with a third-inning double, his fifth with Buffalo.
On the series, Valdespin went 6-for-18 with four runs, seven RBI, a home run and two doubles.
Pat Misch (7-9) pitched into the seventh with a 2-0 deficit, but a two-run homer by Cord Phelps took away Misch’s bid for an 11th quality start.
Misch allowed four earned runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings with four walks and three strikeouts.
Espino started in place of scheduled starter Zach McAllister, who Cleveland called up before the game for his second major league start.
He allowed Buffalo’s only two hits on the night with no runs over seven complete innings with seven strikeouts and no walks.
Jared Goedert homered for the second consecutive day and third time in the series, giving the Clippers a first-inning 1-0 lead over starter Pat Misch.
A second solo shot, by Jerad Head, doubled the Columbus lead in the fourth.
Perfect eighth and ninth innings by relievers Luke Hagadone and Josh Judy, respectively, sealed the Columbus win.
Game Notes: The Bisons could have avenged a four-game sweep by the Clippers June 11-14… The loss cuts Buffalo’s win streak at four. The Herd hasn’t won five straight since August of 2010.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Huntington Park
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (57-72, 5th(-16.0), North)
LHP Pat Misch (7-8, 4.31)
Columbus Clippers (80-51, 1st(+12.0), West)
RHP Paolo Espino (1-1, 5.31)
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Columbus Clippers in the final game of a four-game set at Huntington Park (7:05 p.m.). The Herd is looking for the four-game sweep after outscoring the Clippers in the first three games, 31-9. Following tonight’s game, the Bisons will continue their roadtrip with four games in Toledo. The Bisons have won six of their last seven games and nine of their last 12 games.
VS. THE CLIPPERS: Tonight, the Bisons have a chance to return the favor. The Clippers swept the four-game series at Coca-Cola Field, June 11-14. The Bisons swept Columbus four straight at the tail end of last season, August 5-8 in Buffalo. The Bisons also swept four from Columbus at Cooper Stadium, April 13-16, 2007 in a series that included a 17-1 Herd victory on April 16.
DISCH ON MISCH: LHP PAT MISCH will make his 20th start of the season tonight. The southpaw lost last Thursday despite allowing just four runs (three earned) in seven innings. Misch has worked at least seven innings in three of his last four outings and has a 2.57ERA over those four starts. He is tied for the team lead with seven wins and is second with 81 strikeouts on the season.
HOT BAT: INF ZACH LUTZ has knocked in eight RBI in his last four games. The slugger has at least one RBI in eight of 10 games since August 13. Lutz has also hit in nine of his last 10 games with a .378 (14-37) average and four home runs. On the season, Lutz has hit .341 (14-14) with runners in scoring position.
WINNING: The Bisons have won four straight games for the fourth time this season. The last time the club won four consecutive was July 29 – August 1. The team has not won five straight since August 16-28(1) of last season. The club’s last four-game series sweep was June 24-27 against the Norfolk Tides.
MR. VP: With 90RBI, INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI leads all International League hitters by four RBI. The slugger has 14 games left to become just the fourth Bisons hitter in the modern era to reach the 100RBI plateau. OF Alex Ramirez has the record at 103RBI (in 1998) while DH Ernie Young was the last to reach it with 100RBI during the 2004 season.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (60-67) lost their fourth straight game last night with a 10-0 defeat to the Phillies. New York had just five singles in the loss with two coming from former Bison INF RUBEN TEJADA. Tejada has averaged .378 (17-45) in 14 games in August. The Mets and Phillies renew their rivalry tonight at 7:05 p.m.
Monday, August 22, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Huntington Park
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (56-72, 5th(-16.0), North)
RHP Miguel Batista (2-0, 3.92)
Columbus Clippers (80-50, 1st(+13.0), West)
RHP Jeanmar Gomez (10-6, 2.39)
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Columbus Clippers in the third game of a four-game set at Huntington Park (7:05 p.m.). The Herd has won the first two games of the series by a combined score of 25-5. The Bisons now have won five of its last six games and eight of their last 11 games.
VS. THE CLIPPERS: The road team has won all six games in the season series between Buffalo and Columbus. The Bisons have won the last two nights and the Clippers swept a four-game set at Coca-Cola Field, June 11-14. The Bisons are 7-3 in their first 10 games in Huntington Park.
MIGHTY MIGUEL: RHP MIGUEL BATISTA is 2-0 in seven starts with the Bisons this season. The veteran has allowed three earned runs or less in each of his last five outings. Batista is coming off his best start with the Bisons as he held Toledo to two runs (one earned) on four hits over eight innings on August 17. For the season, right-handed hitters have averaged just .150 (12-80) off Batista with no home runs and a .213 slugging pct.
HITTIN’ HERD: With 10 runs last night and 15 on Saturday, the Bisons have scored in double-digits in back-to-back games. The last time the Herd accomplished the feat was June 4-5, 2010 in Norfolk when the team posted victories of 11-6 and 12-9. The last time the Bisons scored 25+ runs in back-to-back games was July 17-18, 2008 against Richmond (wins of 10-2, 16-3).
MR. VP: With 90RBI, INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI now leads all International League hitters by five RBI. He’s the first Bisons player to reach the 90RBI-plateau since DH Ernie Young drove in 100 during the 2004 season. Pascucci is also the first Bison to slug 20+ home runs since OF Jason Dubois hit 22 during the 2006 campaign.
HIT KING: OF JESUS FELICIANO homered yesterday for his 97th hit of the season. The three-year Bisons’ outfielder is now has 365 hits with the team since 2009, only 13 shy of Bill Selby’s modern era record total of 378. With two more hits, Feliciano will tie INF Brandon Phillips (267) for the fourth most in the team’s modern era. Feliciano led the International League with 154 hits in 2009 and collected 114 more last season in 89 games.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (60-66) lost to the Brewers, 6-2, on Sunday as the Brewers completed a three-game sweep of New York. Former Bisons OF LUCAS DUDA hit a two-run home run to account for both runs. RHP R.A. DICKEY allowed just two runs in seven innings but left with a no-decision. The Mets are in Philly tonight at 7:05 p.m.
The Bisons continue to tear the cover off the baseball putting up 10 runs Sunday evening, the second time they hit double digits on the scoreboard in less than 24 hours with a total of 25 runs scored in two days.
The Bisons two through four hitters dominated Columbus pitching all day long scoring seven of the ten runs themselves in the Herd’s 10-2 victory Sunday at Huntington Park.
The herd picked up right where they left off last night when they scored 15 runs against Columbus Saturday. After being held scoreless in the first inning Sunday the Bisons scored at least one run in the next four innings.
Six of the 10 runs were scored on home runs the first coming on a solo-shot by Jesus Feliciano, three more when Zach Lutz drilled a shot in the third inning and two more in the fifth inning courtesy of the Bisons RBI leader Valentino Pascucci.
Dylan Owen worked seven innings giving up just one run on a home run in the fifth inning. Owen gave up four hits one walk and struckout seven Clippers in his best start of the season, and just the second time that Owen has gone seven innings.
For the second start in a row Owen also gave up just one run and got a win to keep the Bisons winning streak going at three games. The Herd also moves to 6-1 in their last seven games out scoring the Clippers 25-5 in the Herd’s last two wins.
Game Notes: Valentino Pascucci moved his team leading RBI total to 90 with the help of his 20th home run of the season Sunday against the Clippers and has 15 games left to reach the century mark…Josh Satin failed to get a hit Sunday halting his hit streak at eight games…Dylan Owen had his best start of the year pitching into the seven inning while giving up just one run, it’s Owen’s second start in a row giving up just one run.