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Bucky & Sully Show: On protecting pitchers

Bucky Gleason and guest host Mike Harrington discuss the importance in protecting pitchers from line drive hits after Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was hit in the head with one Tuesday. Watch this segment from Friday's Bucky & Sully Show:

See more highlights from Friday's show here.

Hernandez, ump in Oakland-Cleveland controversy, was in middle of things in Buffalo in 1991

By Mike Harrington

I threw this link up on Twitter earlier this afternoon and it's getting quite a run thanks to a retweet from Joe Posnanski, the former KC Star and Sports Illustrated columnist and noted author now working for NBCSports.com.

It's about a 1991 game at then-Pilot Field where home plate umpire Angel Hernandez blew a game-ending call at home plate and precipitated a huge rhubarb with the visiting Iowa Cubs. It was great stuff. Catcher jumping up and down and throwing equipment and all!

Why do I bring it up? Because Hernandez was in the middle of things Wednesday night in Cleveland. Adam Rosario's apparent game-tying home run in the top of the ninth was ruled a double -- even after replays clearly showed it was a home run because it hit a railing in the front of the Progressive Field bleachers before bouncing back on the field. See the replay at the top of this post

Hernandez then ejected A's manager Bob Melvin which, technically, is automatic for an umpire challenging a review decision. But still sophomoric. And then he told a pool reporter afterward he wouldn't do an interview unless she turned off her tape recorder. And the reporter was San Francisco Chronicle veteran Susan Slusser, the president of the Baseball Writers Association of America!

What a buffoon. Hernandez had an Eric Gregg-like strike zone during the World Baseball Classic and is universally hailed as the worst umpire in the game. Here's another addition to the list. How does this guy keep his job?

I'll have plenty more to say about replay in Sunday's Inside Baseball column. Be sure to check it out.

Batista gets the start for the Herd

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

It will be righty Miguel Batista with the start for the Buffalo Bisons as they close out their eight-game homestand with a 1:05 game against Norfolk at Coca-Cola Field. Batista (1-0, 4.87 ERA) gave up four runs in six innings of a no-decision on Saturday against Louisville.

He takes the spot of Edgar Gonzalez, who was scheduled for this start earlier in the week before the Blue Jays purchased his contract. Gonzalez pitched for the Blue Jays in their 10-4 loss to Tampa Bay last night. Today he was designated for assignment. 

Against the Tides: The Bisons are 1-2 in the series this season. A win today would give them the series split and give the Herd a split in its eight-game homestand. Since 1998, the Bisons are 73-46 agianst the Tide and 35-24 at Coca-Cola Field.

Offensive notes: Andy LaRoche has a five-game hit streak. He is batting .421 since May 3. The Herd has hit a home run in eight straight games. Oh yeah, and Jim Negrych is on a seven-game hitting streak. His .429 average continues to lead all hitters in affiliated baseball.

Today's Bisons Lineup:

Anthony Gose -- CF
Jim Negrych -- 2B
Moises Sierra -- RF
Luis Jimenez -- 1B
Andy LaRoche -- 3B
Ryan Langerhans -- LF
Eugenio Velez -- DH
Mike McCoy -- SS
Mike Nickeas -- C 

Welcome to the Pitching Carousel: Thursday Edition

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

Wednesday night, it was anybody's guess what would happen with the pitching rotation for both the Toronto Blue Jays and the Buffalo Bisons.

The injury to Toronto's J.A. Happ caused a ripple effect and so too did the performance of Ricy Romero in his dismal start against Tampa Bay on Wednesday which didn't even last an entire inning. He gave up three runs on four hits with two walks in one-third of an inning.

This morning, the Blue Jays announced that they optioned Romero to the Bisons and desingated Edgar Gonzalez for assignment. Gonzalez, who had been with the Herd, pitched in relief of Romero yesterday giving up five runs on six hits, including a pair of home runs, in 4 2/3 innings.

The Blue Jays then selected the contracts of starter Ramon Ortiz (2-0, 2.18) and reliever Mickey Storey (0-1, 3.63, 23 strikeouts).

The Herd is scheduled to conclude its homestand with a 1 p.m. game against Norfolk, though the forecast is looking sketchy. It was originally set as a start for Gonzalez, but that won't happen. Last night manager Marty Brown said it could be Ortiz, who was scheduled for his regular start tomorrow. But that won't happen now, either.

Stay tuned for the next edition of the pitching rotation.

 

Bisons still buzzing at a damp Coca-Cola Field

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

Coca-Cola Field is still buzzing about the Top 10 play from Anthony Gose last night. The outfielder's straight steal of home made it to No. 3 on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays and helped the Herd to a 6-4 win over the Norfolk Tides.

The tarp is on the field, but all indications are for an on-time first pitch of 7:05 p.m. when the Bisons continue their series with the Tides.

Starting pitchers: Righty Claudio Vargas makes his team-leading sixth start for the Herd. He leads the team in innings pitched (29), strikeouts (23) and quality starts (three). Last Thursday he suffered his first loss of the season, giving up four runs in six innings against Louisville.

Norfok counters with Jair Jurrjens who has an ERA of 2.56 -- one of four starters for the Tides with an ERA under 3.00.

Bisons lineup:

Anthony Gose -- CF
Jim Negrych -- DH
Moises Sierra -- RF
Luis Jimenez -- 1B
Josh Thole -- C
Eugenio Velez -- 3B
Ryan Langerhans -- LF
Mike McCoy -- 2B
Ryan Goins -- SS 

Happ meets with media in Tampa

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ met with reporters this afternoon in Tampa Bay, less than 24 hours after one of the worst nightmares in baseball -- a line drive back to the mound that hit Happ in the head.

He left the field on a stretch and was taken to a nearby hospital. He was released this morning.

In the presser with media members in Tampa, Happ said that he suffered a small fracture behind his ear and that he had stitches in his ear. The injuries were not serious or life threatening.

On the play, he also tweaked his knee and will have further tests to determine the damage. Sportsnet reporter Shi Davidi noted in his Twitter feed that Happ "limped on and off dais" at the press conference.

Happ also said he watched the replay and joked that he thought he made a good pitch. He spoke with Tampa Bay's Desmond Jennings, telling the centerfielder that he knew it wasn't his fault. Happ will likely stay in the Bay area for further tests, although he said he does not have a concussion.

The Blue Jays moved Happ to the disabled list and purchased the contract of Edgar Gonzalez, who was scheduled to start Thursday for the Bisons. Gonzalez was 1-0 with a 5.49 ERA for the Herd this season.

Go to the video: Gose steals home

By Mike Harrington

The Bisons beat Norfolk, 6-4, Tuesday on Jim Negrych's two-out, two-run single in the seventh but the main talking point after this one was Anthony Gose's steal of home in the first. And he stole it easily.

(Midnight update: Gose's steal was No. 3 on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 plays!)

Corey Wimberly did that for the Bisons here on May 20, 2012 against Indianapolis but prior to that, Buffalo's last straight steal of home was by Chris Clapinski in 2004. So it's a pretty rare play -- and it's really rare to see it done so easily.

That's true even if Gose correctly pointed out afterward that doing it with red-hot Luis Jimenez at the plate might have been a little ill-advised. Fair enough. But it was a thrilling play with some great video from Bisons.com. Check it out (click the symbol at the bottom right of the video box to make it full-screen for easier viewing)

Herd to face Arrieta, just down from Baltimore

By Mike Harrington

Following last night's 8-3 loss to Norfolk, Bisons manager Marty Brown talked about how impressed he was with the veteran quartet of Norfolk pitchers, topped by the eight strikeouts of Tides starter Steve Johnson.

The Bisons will see another experienced arm tonight in Coca-Cola Field as 27-year-old right-hander Jake Arrieta, optioned by Baltimore on April 24, will get the start for Norfolk against Buffalo's Justin Germano (3-1). Arrieta is 2-0, 1.38 in two starts for Norfolk, with 15 strikeouts and just one walk in 13 innings.

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A different view on the air for tonight's Bisons game

By Mike Harrington

Ben-DukeThere might be some changeups on the mound tonight from Dave Bush and there will be a bit of a changeup in the broadcast "booth" tonight as the Bisons and Norfolk Tides open a four-game series in Coca-Cola Field.

With more mid-70s weather, Ben Wagner and Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Duke McGuire will take it outside this evening and do the game from a table on the club level from behind home plate for WWKB (1520 AM) and across the Internet at Bisons.com. Wagner tweeted a shot of the setup here (left) and I've already reminded him foul balls come in hot from right-handed hitters and I'm expecting some good plays to be made.

Bush (3-1, 1.61) continues to excel since returning from Toronto. He's given up zero or one run in three of his four starts and is coming off a solid one last Tuesday in Rochester, where he gave up one run in six innings and threw 57 of his 78 pitches for strikes. 

Moises Sierra is back in the Buffalo lineup batting third after sitting out Sunday's game following the hand plunking he took in the first inning Saturday against Louisville. He enters tonight seventh in the IL in batting at .354. Jim Negrych continues to lead at .420 while Josh Thole is fourth (.361) and league RBI leader Luis Jimenez is fifth (.360). 

Former Bison outfielder Jason Pridie is batting leadoff tonight for Norfolk. Ex-IL MVP Russ Canzler, who was signed by Toronto during the offseason and later waived, is batting third for the Tides, who are coming off a 7-1 homestand and are tied for the South Division lead with Durham at 20-10. The Bisons (19-9) continue to lead the North by two games. 

Here's Buffalo's lineup tonight:

Anthony Gose, cf
Jim Negrych, 2b
Moises Sierra, rf
Luis Jimenez, dh
Andy LaRoche, 3b
Josh Thole, c
Mauro Gomez, 1b
Ryan Langerhans, lf
Ryan Goins, ss
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Dave Bush, p

A final note on the outdoor broadcast. It's not a first here. BBHOFer Pete Weber famously did one in 1989 -- climbing to the roof of then-Pilot Field to get an incredible panoramic view of the ballpark so he could see what it would be like to have a seat in the upper deck if the park was expanded for a major-league team.

You can check out the pic below from Weber's archives (h/t for the email assist from Nashville from the voice of the NHL's Predators). Be sure to click on the picture for a great full-screen view. You can see the old metal bleachers in right field, the old scoreboard and the old fence configuration. Ed Sprague is batting in the game against the Syracuse Chiefs, who were the Triple-A affiliate of none other than the Blue Jays! The Bisons, of course, were with the Pirates at the time.

And what's missing beyond the parking lot and Buffalo News building as you look past right field? No giant dome of First Niagara Center. How strange to see.

Great Rooftop View at Pilot Field

Herd closes out series with Louisville

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

The Buffalo Bisons look to earn a series split with the Louisville Bats when the teams meet at 1:05 p.m. (Radio 1520) in Coca-Cola Field. The Bats have a 2-1 lead in the four-game series. The Bisons have only lost one home series to Louisville since returning to the International League in 1998.

Lineup shuffle: Moises Sierra is not in the lineup today. The rightfielder took a pitch off his hand in the first inning on Saturday and was ejected from the game after arguing the call. (The home plate umpire called a foul/strike instead of a hit-by-pitch.) Marty Brown said before the game that Sierra is "OK. He's just sore. Tomorrow he should be back in the lineup."

Mike McCoy is starting in right field. McCoy is also leading off for the Herd, a spot that Jim Negrych has occupied in 12 of his 20 starts.

Negrych, who continues to lead the IL in batting (.416) is batting third behind McCoy and Anthony Gose.

Roster moves: The Herd moved around some members of its pitching staff before Sunday's game. Righty Justin Germano was activated after being outrighted to the Bisons from the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday, while righty Buddy Carlyle was activated from the disabled list. Righty Claudio Vargas was placed on the temporary inactive list while righty Clint Everts was placed on the disabled list.

Ortiz gets the start: Righty Ramon Ortiz makes his fourth start for the Herd. Opponents are hitting just .178 against Oritz. Opponents are 0-for-15 against Oritz with runners in scoring position.

Today's Bison lineup:

Mike McCoy -- RF
Anthony Gose -- CF
Jim Negrych -- 2B
Luis Jimenez -- 1B
Josh Thole -- C
Andy LaRoche -- 3B
Ryan Langerhans -- DH
Eugenio Velez -- LF
Ryan Goins -- SS 

After the drama, a day game for the Herd

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

After a dramatic 11th inning win Friday night, the Buffalo Bisons are back for an early start at Coca-Cola Field. Game three of the series with the Louisville Bats starts at 1:05 (Radio 1520). The series is tied 1-1 after Andy LaRoche doubled in the 11th to give the Herd a 4-3 win last night.

Scoring late isn't new for the Bisons this season. They have outscored their opponents, 43-12, from the seventh inning on.

Righty Miguel Batista makes his fifth start for the Herd. His last three starts have been on the road. In his last outing in Rochester on April 29, he gave up three runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings for a no-decision. His one win this year came at Lehigh Valley on April 21 where he gave up one run on one hit in six innings.

On the mound for Louisville is righty Pedro Villarreal (0-2, 4.23 ERA).

This afternoon's Bison lineup:

Jim Negrych -- 2B
Anthony Gose -- CF
Moises Sierra -- RF
Mauro Gomez -- 1B
Josh Thole -- DH
Andy LaRoche -- 3B
Eugenio Velez -- LF
Mike Nickeas -- C
Ryan Goins -- SS 

Herd looks for first May win

BISONS Ballpark

By Amy Moritz

@amymoritz 

The Buffalo Bisons are still looking for that winning touch at home. The Herd is just 6-5 at Coca-Cola Field after last night's 4-1 loss to Louisville. The teams meet at 7 tonight in the second of the four-game series.

Edgar Gonzalez (1-0, 6.75 ERA) makes his fourth start for the Herd. He picked up his first win of the year last Sunday, giving up three runs in 5 1/3 innings in Rochester. He has walked just two batters in 14 2/3 innings.

This afternoon, the Bisons added righty Jeremy Jeffress to the roster. Jeffrees was promoted from Single-A Dunedin, taking the spot available after Brad Lincoln was recalled to the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday. The 25-year-old Jeffress pitched one game with the Blue Jays this year and was designated for assignment on April 6. In Dunedin, Jeffress has allowed just one hit over five innings.

Tonight's Bison's lineup:

Jim Negrych -- 2B
Anthony Gose -- CF
Moises Sierra -- RF
Luis Jimenez -- DH
Mauro Gomez -- 1B
Josh Thole -- C
Andy LaRoche -- 3B
Ryan Langerhans -- LF
Mike McCoy -- SS 

 

Ex-Bisons ace Harvey named NL Pitcher of the Month

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Matt Harvey has been dealing. (Associated Press)


By Mike Harrington

Matt Harvey's rapid ascent in baseball circles continued today as the New York Mets right-hander was named National League Pitcher of the Month for April.

Harvey, 24, went 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA and 46 strikeouts in six April games. His four wins tied for the NL lead, while his ERA ranked third and the strikeouts tied for fourth.

Harvey became the first MLB pitcher since 1900 to win his first four starts of the season while allowing no more than 10 hits combined in them. In a huge statistical oddity, Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore became the second pitcher to accomplish the feat the following week.

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Herd opens eight-game homestand

 

BISONS Ballpark
The Buffalo Bisons return to Coca-Cola Field for an eight-game homestand beginning today.


 By Amy Moritz

@amymoritz 

After a record-setting April, the Buffalo Bisons return to Coca-Cola Field looking to create some home turf advantage when they host the Louisville Bats at 7 tonight. The game kicks off an eight-game homestand for the Herd. The Bisons are just 6-4 at home this season, but went 17-7 in April for the most wins in the first month of the season in the modern era.

Righty Claudio Vargas makes his fifth start for the Herd today. He has won his last three starts and as not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his outings this season.

In transaction news, the Toronto Blue Jays recalled righty Brad Lincoln. It's the pitcher's second stint with the Blue Jays. He was promoted April 25-29 and gave up two runs in 2.0 innings over two games. For Buffalo, he is 1-0 with a 3.72 ERA in six outings.

Tonight's Bison's lineup:

Jim Negrych -- 2B
Anthony Gose -- CF
Moises Sierra -- RF
Luis Jimenez -- 1B
Mauro Gomez -- DH
Josh Thole -- C
Ryan Langerhans -- LF
Eugenio Velez -- 3B
Ryan Goins -- SS 

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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