Herd stomps Syracuse; Misch is an IL All Star
by Andrew Kulyk (@akulykUSRT) - posted 11:48 am, July 1, 2010
If the Buffalo Bisons have any hope in contending for the 2010 International League playoffs, they need to get past their Thruway rivals, the Syracuse Chiefs, a team that has pretty much had their way with the Herd since the Mets era began in Buffalo.
So wasn’t it great to see the Bisons nail two convincing wins over the Chiefs at Coca Cola Field these past two days, 6-1 and 9-4, to bring Buffalo back into striking distance in what is becoming a three way race for the league’s North Division. “It was nice to see,” said Manager Ken Oberkfell. “We don’t want to split with a team at home especially if you win the first one. You want to pick up a couple games. We executed well on the offensive side and we came back at them by executing offensively.”
In Wednesday’s matinee, it was outfielder Lucas Duda, a recent callup from AA Binghamton, who provided the theatrics. The Bisons had taken a 4-0 lead early, only to have the Chiefs tie the game, before Dudas’ solo blast gave Buffalo the lead they would not relinquish. “It was big for Duda to hit that big home run in the bottom of that inning., then (Tobi) Stoner gets that bunt down and we get a couple big hits. He (Duda) as always been able to swing a bat and now he’s getting better in the outfield. He’s improving and that’s the bottom line.”
Duda admits that he has been struggling a bit since coming to Buffalo. “I am feeling a bit more comfortable at the dish. As far as hitting all the home runs, “I am getting into the learning process. All the guys are helping me out and I am trying to take it all in and soak it in,” said Duda.
Left handed pitcher Pat Misch was Buffalo’s only entrant onto the International League’s All-Star team, as the lineup was revealed yesterday. “I’m happy for Pat he deserves it,” said Oberkfell. When asked if there are any other Buffalo players equally deserving, Oberkfell replied, “Hessman obviously if he was here but he is hurt. Otherwise I wouldn’t say there are any other players having all star years. We could have had more guys there if the situation was different. On the other side our guys will get a little breather at the break and be ready to come back strong.”
The Bisons are prepping for their biggest weekend of the year, with the July 3rd baseball/concert doubleheader starting up at 6:05 PM Saturday, and the Buffalo Philharmonic and fireworks show after the game. The stage is being erected this afternoon, and tickets are going fast for an event that is always eagerly anticipated.