For the Bisons – Showing some life at last
by Peter Farrell - posted 7:56 pm, May 16, 2009
OK, OK…on Friday night the best the Buffalo Bisons could do is earn a split of their doubleheader against the
RichmondGwinnett Braves. In Game 1, the Bisons stormed out of the gate and took an early 5-0 lead, only to have the Braves come back and tie the game, before Buffalo’s Willy Mo Pena’s chopper base hit brought in Angel Pagan for the go ahead run. That would be the only run they would need to seal a 6-5 win.
In the much pitched nightcap., it was Mike Lamb, of all people, who hit a ball through the hole in right to drive in the tying run at 2, and then Buffalo would take a 3-2 lead when Fernando Martinez got an RBI base hit in the 4th. But Gwinnett would tie it soon after. This one went to extra innings as Gwinnett scored two in the eighth (AAA doubleheaders only go 7 scheduled innings) and held on for a 5-3 win.
A great crowd of 8810 was on hand for this Fridaynightbash, and had every reason to leave the ballpark in a good mood. For finally their Bisons are showing some signs of life. As promised, Manager Ken Oberkfell has made some key personnel changes, and the additions to the roster are begin to pay dividends.
Joining the team last night was major leaguer Javier Valentin, who immediately made a statement, belting a solo home run in his first at bat. According to PR Director Brad Bisbing, this feat was last done by Jason Dubois back in 2005.
Angel Pagan spent time in extended spring training, but now that he is here he is making a difference in the leadoff spot.
And defense and pitching continues to be solid. Mike Antonini made his AAA debut in Game 1 and had a decent outing, although he did not factor in the decision.
As for the much maligned Nick Evans? He is gone… dispatched to AA Binghamton. Rumor has it that Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan had to call out the National Guard to keep order in the streets and prevent looting and rioting, when news spread that Evans was heading to their city and to the B-Mets lineup. Just sayin’.
The Bisons ended the homestand at 4-4, and are on the road in Pawtucket for a few days before returning home next Thursday. And who comes to town? None other than the Columbus Clippers, now the affiliate of the Cleveland Indians and still managed by Torey Lovullo. Plus… Daryl Strawberry comes to Buffalo next Saturday for his bobblehead day and a VIP visit. Should be a hoot so get your tickets and c’mon down to Coca Cola Field!