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Blue Jays call up Gose, Bisons look to snap mini-skid

By Taylor Nigrelli 

The Bisons take the field tonight looking to snap a two-game losing streak against the visiting Durham Bulls, who lead the IL South.

They will have to do so without outfielder Anthony Gose whom the Blue Jays called up Saturday to replace injured Nolan Reimold, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

The team will also be without its leader in home runs and walks as the Blue Jays called up Dan Johnson Friday.

P.J. Walters (2-0, 3.27) will make his fourth start for the Bisons. The righty has had a bit of a roller coaster 2014, as he’s played for three teams.

He started the year in the Pacific Coast League with the Omaha Storm Chasers. The Blue Jays acquired him in a trade and placed him in Double-A New Hampshire. After four solid starts, he was promoted to Buffalo.

Righty Matt Andriese (9-4, 3.41) will get the call for Durham. The former San Diego third-round pick has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the International League this season, posting wins in eight wins in his past nine decisions. He’s tied with four others for third in the IL with nine total wins on the season.

Tonight’s Lineup:

Ryan Goins – 2B
Jared Goedert – 3B
Kevin Pillar – CF
Cory Aldridge – DH
Brad Glenn – LF
Ryan Schimpf – RF
Mike McDade – 1B
Mike Nickeas – C
Jonathan Diaz – SS

Herd's Johnson picked for Triple-A Home Run Derby

The Durham Bulls unveiled this belt to go to the HR Derby champion. (

By Mike Harrington

Buffalo Bisons slugger Dan Johnson, who has played every game this season, has been named one of the six participants in the Triple-A Home Run Derby to be held Monday night in Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Johnson will also start for the International League in the Triple-A All-Star Game hosted by Durham next Wednesday.

Johnson will hit for the IL team that also includes Toledo's Mike Hessman and Columbus' Jesus Aguilar. Hessman recently hit his 259th career homer in the IL to break the all-time mark set by 1930s Bisons slugger Ollie Carnegie.

Johnson is batting .251 with team highs of 17 homers and 54 RBIs for the Bisons. This will be his third derby. He won the 2010 edition at Lehigh Valley while competing for Durham as part of his IL MVP season. In 2012 at Coca-Cola Field while competing for Charlotte, he lost in the finals to Bisons designated hitter Valentino Pascucci.

The Pacific Coast League team will feature Las Vegas' Allan Dykstra, the MVP of the Double-A Eastern League last year for the Binghamton Mets, Reno's Mike Jacobs and Omaha's Francisco Pena, son of Yankees bench coach and Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Pena.

Hessman, who has participated in three previous derbies, and Jacobs are both former Bisons. Hessman, then with Oklahoma City, joined Johnson in taking part in the 2012 derby in Buffalo. Hessman had nine homers in the first round but was eliminated in the semifinals.

In addition to the championship belt pictured above, players will be batting to win money and prizes for fans in attendance if they hit a home run off the famous snorting bull above the left-field wall at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, made famous in the 1988 film "Bull Durham."

The pitcher for the final round will be 76-year-old North Carolina resident Clay Council, who earned some fame as Josh Hamilton's pitcher during his 28-homer binge at the 2008 MLB HR Derby in old Yankee Stadium.

Bisons host RailRiders in Independence Eve game

By Taylor Nigrelli

In what has become a popular tradition locally, the Buffalo Bisons will host their annual Independence Eve game tonight, complete with the season's largest post-game fireworks display and a performance by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus.

As of this morning, only 3000 tickets were available for the game.

The 20th edition of Independence Eve will feature a matchup against the struggling Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (40-46). The Herd (45-40) took the first two games of a five-game set with 1-0 and 3-1 wins yesterday in a double-header.

The Bisons may be a little fatigued heading into tonight’s matchup as four of the team’s past six contests have gone into extra innings.

Esmil Rogers (2-1, 3.10), who’s spent time in both Toronto and Buffalo this year, will get the start for the Bisons. Chris Leroux (1-2, 7.94) is expected to get the call for the Railriders.

The Herd will be looking to build on a recent hot streak that’s seen the team win five of its past seven games.

Tonight’s starting lineup:

Kenny Wilson – LF
Ryan Goins – 2B
Kevin Pillar – CF
Dan Johnson – 1B
Erik Kratz – DH
A.J. Jimenez – C
Ryan Schimpf – RF
Andy LaRoche – 3B
Jonathan Diaz - SS

Fewer than 3,000 tickets left for tonight's Bisons Independence Eve game

By Keith McShea

The Buffalo Bisons told The News this morning that fewer than 3,000 tickets remain for tonight's Independence Eve game. 

The 20th annual event features the team's largest fireworks show of the season along with a performance by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. 

The gates will open at 4:30 p.m. for the 6:05 game with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. 

All tickets cost $24 and are available by calling THE-HERD at 843-4373, by visiting the Coca-Cola Field Box Office or via

The Bisons swept a doubleheader against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Wednesday, 1-0 and 2-1. The Bisons are 45-40 in the International League's North Division, 5-1/2 games behind first-place Syracuse. Esmil Rogers (2-1, 3.10) of the Bisons starts against Chris Leroux (1-2, 7.94).

The musical program for tonight's event is available here.

Pete Weber & Kevin Lester talk 'Buffalo's Grand Old Game' on Fan590 in Toronto

By Mike Harrington

In the wake of Sunday's Inside Baseball column on the 30th anniversary of Buffalo's Grand Old Game, former Bisons announcer Pete Weber and Williamsville South AD/Bisons scorer/NY Knights & American League catcher Kevin Lester appeared late Monday night on the Jeff Sammut show on Sportsnet590 The FAN, the all-sports giant in Toronto.

Click below to hear the segment and, in case you missed them, here are the links to our blog entries this week featuring Weber's audio clips from the game:

Post 1 featuring audio and a YouTube

Post 2 featuring audio of Buffalo broadcast legend Stan Barron

Audio & Video of 'Buffalo's Grand Old Game' -- 30 years later

Grand Old Game 1984
Who's Who in the group photo (CLICK for bigger view!) -- Front Row: Unknown, Batboy Kevin Lester Jr., Kevin Lester, Bob Feller, Brooks Robinson, Art Ponto, Max Patkin, Glenn Beckert, Bobby Richardson, Tommy Davis, Milt Pappas, Unknown, Unknown.    Middle Row: Early Wynn, Gene Mauch, Contest Winner Joan Mammott, Billy Pierce, Ernie Banks, Warren Spahn, Umpire Shag Crawford, Umpire Al Barlick, Smoky Burgess, Enos Slaughter, Sibby Sisti, Randy Hundley, Alvin Dark, Unknown.     Back Row: Herman Franks, Sal Maglie, Monte Irvin, Whitey Ford, Hoyt Wilhelm, Jose Cardenal, Moose Skowron, Larry Doby, Luke Appling, Jimmy Piersall, Minnie Minoso; Tony Oliva, Umpire Tom Gorman, Orlando Cepeda, Don Newcombe, Don Kessinger, Phil Regan, Johnny Sain, Marv Throneberry, Phil Regan, Bobby Thomson, Phil Cavarretta, Mike Billoni, Unknown. Notes: Willie Mays was not in the picture/From Pete Weber archives

By Mike Harrington

Be sure to read Sunday's Inside Baseball column about the 30th anniversary of "Buffalo's Grand Old Game," the oldtimers classic featuring 12 Hall of Famers that was played in War Memorial Stadium on June 23, 1984.

I found a very grainy YouTube film that gives you an idea of what the scene was like too (it whiffs on the year). Mostly the introductions but you can recognize guys like Bob Feller and Brooks Robinson among others:

And courtesy of the encyclopedic archives of broadcaster Pete Weber, we have numerous audio files from the game to enjoy. I'm particularly partial to hearing interviews from the late Stan Barron as well as the plays made by good friend and longtime Bisons scorer Kevin Lester, the athletics director at Williamsville South. I've been having tech trouble with a couple Barron clips but will post them later today.

Click the files below to hear the audio and get taken back in time.

Game highlights

Don Kessinger leadoff home run

Brooks Robinson home run

Larry Doby home run

Early Wynn interview

Lester catches Cepeda pop-up

Lester bats against Spahn

Lester bats against Sain

Bisons snap four-game skid, McGuire shines

By Taylor Nigrelli 

The Bisons used another dominant Deck McGuire performance to beat Toledo, 5-2, and snap a four-game losing streak Thursday afternoon in front of an announced School Kids Day crowd of 15,361 in Coca-Cola Field.  

McGuire pitched seven innings, allowed one run on three hits and tied a Bisons season high with 10 strikeouts. McGuire moved to 2-0 and lowered his ERA to 2.29 in his third Triple-A start.

The Bisons grabbed the lead early, scoring four runs in the first inning on the strength of back-to-back two-RBI base hits by Matt Tuiasosopo and Ryan Goins. The Herd would add a fifth run in the eighth inning on a Darin Mastroianni sacrifice fly.

Mike Hessman, who’s currently tied with Bisons great Ollie Carnegie for the all-time International League home run record of 258, failed to break the record, finishing 0-3 with a walk.

The Bisons will look to come away with a series split with the Mud Hens when they take the field Friday for a 7:05 start. Sean Nolin (2-2) and Mike Belfiore (2-2) are expected to start for Buffalo and Toledo, respectively. 

Hessman returns to lineup, Bisons take on Toledo in early game

By Taylor Nigrelli 

After missing the past three games to recover from a procedure that removed “pre-cancerous growths” from his face, Toledo Mud Hens infielder Mike Hessman will return to the lineup this afternoon in the third game of a four-game set between Toledo and Buffalo.

Hessman is currently tied with Bisons great Ollie Carnegie for most home runs – 258 – in International League history.  He’ll bat fourth and play third base.

Today’s game will feature an unusually early 10:35 a.m. first pitch as the Bisons are holding their annual “school kid’s day” promotion.

When the Herd takes the field – just over 12 hours after leaving it last night – it will be looking to snap out of a rough stretch that has stretched over two weeks. The Bisons have lost four straight and 10 of 12 contests.

Buffalo will hand the ball to Deck McGuire for his third triple-A start. The former first round pick has pitched well so far – he’s 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA. Drew VerHagen (3-5, 3.77) will get the call for Toledo.

Today’s lineup:

Darin Mastroianni – CF
Munenori Kawasaki – 2B
Jared Goedert  - 3B
Dan Johnson – DH
Matt Tuiasosopo – 1B
Ryan Goins – SS
Brett Carroll – RF
Mike Nikeas – C
Kenny Wilson - LF

Bisons fall to under .500 in extra innings loss, Hessman sits

By Taylor Nigrelli 

The Bisons fell to under .500 – 27-28 – for the first time all season after dropping an 11-inning contest, 5-4, to the Toledo Mud Hens Tuesday.

The loss came with some controversy as Toledo’s Jordan Lennerton scored on a close-play at home plate in the 11th inning to take the lead . Bisons manager Gary Allenson believed he saw catcher A.J. Jimenez tag Lennerton and went out to argue the call. He was subsequently ejected.

“I thought the guy was out,” Allenson said. “I thought Jimenez tagged him on the sleeve. I went out to argue but (the umpire) wasn’t in position to see the tag. He was behind the plate.”

On a brighter note for the Bisons, the game saw both Liam Hendriks and Bobby Korecky make their returns to the Buffalo pitching staff after short stints in Toronto.

Hendriks gave up four runs, three of which came on a third inning home run, and struck out six. He tied a Bisons season high with eight innings pitched. Korecky pitched scoreless ninth and tenth innings.

Dan Johnson slugged his team-leading 11th homer of the year, cutting across the wind to land over the right centerfield wall.

The Bisons will look to even the series Wednesday as they will take on Toledo in game two of a four-game set. Radhames Liz, who was recently promoted from New Hampshire (AA) will get the start for Buffalo. Kyle Lobstein (4-5) is expected to get the call for Toledo. 

Toledo slugger Mike Hessman, who is currently tied with Bisons great Ollie Carnegie for the International League home run record with 258, sat out Tuesday's game after having a procedure done to remove pre-cancerous growths from his face. 

Hessman sits as Bisons open series against Mud Hens

By Taylor Nigrelli

Toledo slugger Mike Hessman, who is currently tied with Bisons great Ollie Carnegie for the all-time International League home run record with 258, will  not start today, as was previously expected.

Hessman was also not in the lineup yesterday as he had pre-cancerous growths removed from his nose and forehead.

Buffalo fans may still have a chance to see Hessman, who played briefly for the Bisons in 2010, break Carnegie’s record if he’s able to play either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

Liam Hendriks (5-0, 1.48) will get the start for the Bisons (27-27) tonight as the team opens up a four-game set against the Toledo Mud Hens (27-31).

Hendriks gets the call after spending nearly two weeks with the Toronto Blue Jays. The righty pitched just 11 and two-thirds innings in two starts for the big club but sported an impressive 2.31 ERA.

The Blue Jays outrighted Hendriks Tuesday. In doing so, the Jays called up righty Chad Jenkins for the third time this season. The Herd will also be without relief pitchers Neil Wagner and John Stilson, who were moved to the disabled list Monday.

Duane Below (3-1, 3.81) will get the call tonight for Toledo.

Bisons lineup:

Darin Mastroianni - CF
Ryan Goins – 2B
Jared Goedert – 3B
Dan Johnson - DH
A.J. Jimenez - C
Matt Tuiasosopo – 1B
Brett Carroll - RF
Kenny Wilson - LF
Jonathan Diaz - SS

Bisons use big eighth inning to upend Chiefs

The Bisons offense came alive Saturday as the team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over Syracuse.

Buffalo starter Deck McGuire impressed, going seven innings and allowing just two runs on three hits. However, Syracuse starter Taylor Jordan was more impressive for most of the game, allowing just one hit in seven innings at one point.

Jordan began to struggle a bit in the eighth, however, and the Bisons took full advantage of the opportunity. Andy La Roche and Munenori Kawasaki led off the inning with singles before Kenny Wilson hit into a fielder’s choice.

Things began to look bleak again for Buffalo as Darin Mastrianni popped up for the second out. However, Jordan walked Ryan Goins and was subsequently taken out to allow Xavier Cedeno finish the inning.

Cedeno surrendered back-to-back two-RBI singles to Jared Goedert and Dan Johnson before getting A.J. Jimenez to strike out. But the damage was done. Neil Wagner came on to earn his fourth save with a scoreless ninth inning.

As Bisons manager finished up his press conference after the game, he summed up what many Bisons faithful are liking thinking.

“Hopefully, we’re back on track,” he said.

The Bisons will take on Syracuse again tomorrow in the third game of a four-game set. Ricky Romero and Ryan Tatusko are scheduled to take the start. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05. 

Bisons drop doubleheader

By Amy Moritz

The game was only scheduled for seven innings as the first half of a doubleheader at Coca-Cola Field Thursday afternoon.

Still it took nine innings to decide the game as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders took a 2-1 decision over the Buffalo Bisons.

In Game 2 of the doubleheader, Scranton jumped all over strater Kyle Drabek and went on for a 7-2 win to sweep the twinbill.

In the first game the Bisons tied the game in the bottom of the seventh when Kevin Nolan legged out a doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Chris Getz.

Getz stole second with two outs but an iffy third-strike appeal on Steve Tolleson ended the inning and sent the scheduled seven-inning game into extra frames.

 The Bisons threatened in the bottom of the eighth with two walks and no outs, but shallow fly balls to the outfield and a strikeout by Ricardo Nanita left the runners stranded. 

Austin Bibens-Dirkx, freshly promoted from Double-A New Hampshire, gave up a leadoff walk in the ninth to Ronnier Mustelier. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a two-out single to center by Carmen Angelini.

The Bisons had a runner in scoring position when Getz drew a two-out walk and stole second. Tolleson drew a walk bringing Brett Caroll to the plate, who entered the game as a pinch runner in the eighth. Carroll struck out  to end the game.

Ricky Romero pitched a solid outing getting his second start of the season. He gave up one run on two hits through six innigns of work. He had just two strikeouts and it was the four walks which hurt the lefty.

In the third, Romero gave up two walks, including to the leadoff batter Antoan Richardson. Richardson moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and stole third. A walk to Ramond Flores put runners on the corners with out out. With the infield playing shallow, Jose Pirela’s ground ball found space to score the game’s first run.

The Bisons didn’t get their first hit of the game until the fifth inning when Kevin Nolan led off with his first Triple-A single. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mike Nickeas but good defensive plays by Scranton in the field kept the Herd off the board.

Bisons' statement on Ralph Wilson

By Mike Harrington

The Buffalo Bisons have issued the following statement on the death of Ralph Wilson:

"The Buffalo Bisons organization and family extends our deepest heartfelt sympathies to everyone within the Buffalo Bills family over the passing of team owner and Western New York sports icon Ralph Wilson. Mr. Wilson has meant so much to our sporting community and his leadership and dedication to the greatest sports fans in the country is something that will surely be missed. A great advocate of Buffalo sports, we are deeply saddened to hear of his passing."

Bisons to unveil new message boards, sound system on Opening Day at Coca-Cola Field

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Depiction of new Coca-Cola Field message board, featuring game score, batter information, out of town scores and time clock. (

By Mike Harrington

The Buffalo Bisons announced roughly $500,000 in improvements to Coca-Cola Field today, with a new sound system to replace the dated version that has been in house since the ballpark's 1988 opening and the installation of new LED message boards on the facing of the club level down both baselines.

Both features will be ready for Opening Day, April 3 against the Rochester Red Wings.

The 120-speaker Distributed Sound System was approved and funded by the city's Capital Program to replace the centralized sound system that had been in place. It has a price tag of over $300,000 and will send music and public address sound throughout the park much more evenly than in the past. Speakers used to be only located in the center field scoreboard and weather, especially wind, impacted the sound quality. The new system has just three speakers in the scoreboard and the other 117 around the park.

The Bisons are footing the roughly $225,000 bill for the LED boards, which will be 50 feet long and 2 1/2 feet high. They will also take care of a major pet peeve I've always had: The score not being on display between innings because it comes off the center field board. The boards will feature real-time game statistics and out of town scores. 

"Providing the absolute best ballpark experience has always been our number one goal and these two additions are great compliments to the action on the field," Jonathan A. Dandes, President of Rich Baseball Operations, said in a statement issued by the team. "The sound system will allow us to reach every fan in the ballpark with crisp and clear music and public address announcements, while the new message boards will be loaded with timely statistical and player information to enhance the baseball experience."

Bisons blanked by IronPigs

by Amy Moritz

For the third time in the last six games, the Buffalo Bisons found themselves with a big old goose egg in their run column.

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs came away with a 7-0 win over the Herd in front of 12,208 at Coca-Cola Field Sunday afternoon.

The Bisons went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.

Steve Susdorf went 3 for 5 with three RBI, including a two-run homerun in the seventh which blew the game open for the IronPigs.

Kyle Drabek (1-2) gave up three runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings.

With Rochester losing to Indianapolis, 8-4 in 10 innings, the Herd remains 2 1/2 games behind the Red Wings in the IL Wild Card race.

The Bisons-IronPigs series moves to Allentown, Pa., where the teams will play a doubleheader on Monday and single game on Tuesday.

Bisons seek back-to-back wins

By Rodney McKissic

The Bisons, 3.5 games behind Rochester in the International League wild card, takes on Lehigh Valley tonight. After losing four in a row, the Bisons won on Friday night against the IronPigs, 6-2. Here is the lineup for tonight's game:

Mike McCoy, ss
A.J. Jimenez, c
Mauro Gomez, 3b
Clint Robinson, 1b
Brad Glenn, rf
Andy LaRoche, 2b
Ricardo Nanita, dh
Ryan Langerhans, cf
Blake Gailen, lf
Sean Nolin, p

Bisons try to make up ground

By Rodney McKissic

The Bisons have some catching up to do in both the wild card and IL North division races after Monday's loss to Pawtucket.

The Herd is tied with Lehigh Valley, 2.5 games behind the Red Sox for the IL's wild-card spot, while Norfolk sits a half game out of the wild-card lead. The Bisons and IronPigs are also tied 4.5 games behind Rochester in the IL North.

Here is the starting lineup for tonight's game against the PawSox:

Mike McCoy, 3b
Anthony Gose, cf
Kevin Pillar, rf
Clint Robinson, 1b
Ricardo Nanita, lf
Luis Jimenez, dh
Ryan Goins, 2b
Mike Nicheas, c
Munenori Kawaski, ss
Ricky Romero, p

Gomez placed on DL

By Rodney McKissic

The Buffalo Bisons, in the hunt for a playoff berth with 28 games remaining, suffered a huge blow today when they placed All-Star Mauro Gomez on the disabled list retroactive to Sunday.

To replace Gomez, the Herd activated pitcher Todd Redmond, who was optioned from the parent Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

Gomez left the Bisons' 5-3 win over Pawtucket on Saturday in the eighth inning with a strained left oblique and told The News' Mike Harrington that he expects to be out at least two weeks.

Gomez leads the International League with 28 home runs, a total that is also tied for the third most in the minors. Gomez leads the Bisons with 67 RBIs (fifth in the IL) and 46 extra-base hits (fourth). In a team-high 97 games, Gomez has averaged .243 with 17 doubles, a triple and 55 runs scored.

Redmond has pitched in six games for the Bisons this season and has a 3-1 record with a 5.06 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 26.2 innings.

Here is the starting lineup for tonight's game against Pawtucket:

Anthony Gose, cf
Kevin Pillar, lf
Ricardo Nanita, dh
Andy LaRoche, 3b
Jim Negrych, 2b
Ryan Goins, ss
Clint Robinson, 1b
Sean Ochinko, c
Mike McCoy, rf
Chien-Ming Wang, p

Dice-K takes the mound against the Herd

by Amy Moritz

Former Boston Red Sox ace Daisuke Matsuzaka will take the mound for the Columbus Clippers when they face the Buffalo Bisons at Coca-Cola Field tonight (7:05 p.m., TWCSC, Radio 1520).

Matsuzaka, who won 15 games with Boston in 2007 and 18 in 2008, signed with Cleveland as a minor league free agent in February. He released from that contract in March and signed to a new deal. He spent all of spring training in Major League camp before being assigned to Columbus.

He made five starts before being placed on the Clippers' disabled list with an oblique strain on April 29, returning to the rotation on June 6.

In 13 starts, Dice-K is 2-5 with a 4.26 ERA and three quality starts.

The Herd counters with Thad Weber (3-4, 2.65 ERA) who is coming off a rough outing on July 18 against Toledo when he gave up three earned runs on six hits and four walks over five innings in a 4-2 loss.

Good relief: Since July 9, the Bisons' bullpen has posted a 1.19 ERA in 42 1/3 innings of work. Buffalo relievers have combined for 49 strikeouts while giving up just 30 hits.

Tonight's Bisons' Lineup:
Kevin Pillar -- CF
Munenori Kawasaki -- 2B
Moises Sierra -- LF
Mauro Gomez -- 1B
Jim Negrych -- DH
Sean Ochinko -- C
Ryan Goins -- SS
Mike McCoy -- 3B
Anthony Gose -- RF 


J.A. Happ gets start in Buffalo

by Amy Moritz

Left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ will start for the Buffalo Bisons tonight, continuing his Major League Rehabilitation assignment.

The target is for 70-75 pitches for Happ with the also rehabbing Sergio Santos (right triceps strain) likely to pitch an inning in relief.

Happ has a been on the disabled list since May 8 after he was hit with a line drive in a game at Tampa Bay on May 7. He has made two rehab starts and in eight combined innings has not allowed an earned run. He has given up two unearned runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts.

Danny Salazar starts for the Clippers: While the interest is high in Happ, also of note for tonight's game at Coca-Cola Field is the start of Salazar for Columbus. On July 11, he made his Major League debut with Cleveland against, wait for it, Toronto. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in that game and struck out the side in the second as the Indians won, 4-2. He was optioned back to Columbus the next day.

Bisons Notes: Mauro Gomez remains tied with Gwinnett's Ernesto Mejia for the home run lead in the International League. Both sluggers have 26 homers this season. .. Kevin Pillar has reached base in 28 of his 29 games with the Bisons. ... Munenori Kawasaki has played nine games for the Bisons this year and has reached base 14 times. He has seven hits and seven walks for a .483 on-base percentage. 

Tonight's Bisons' Lineup:
Kevin Pillar -- CF
Munenori Kawasaki -- SS
Moises Sierra -- RF
Mauro Gomez -- DH
Clint Robinson -- 1B
Andy LaRoche -- 3B
Ryan Goins -- 2B
Sean Ochinko -- C
Anthony Gose -- LF 


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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.

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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.

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