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Mason Pitches Herd to Series Split08/25/2009 9:53 PM ET
By Tim Doohan / Buffalo Bisons
Chris Mason has made two triple-A starts this season, one against the Bisons and now one with the Herd. The latter turned out much better for the young pitcher.
Mason added to the roster on Tuesday afternoon, threw seven scoreless innings as the Herd beat the Yankees, 4-0, Tuesday night at PNC Field.
Mason scattered five hits, allowed one walk and struck out three over his 93-pitch performance. The North Carolina native induced two double-play groundballs in the first few innings to skirt trouble but cruised through his final three innings, retiring the final 10 batters he faced.
Mason started against the Herd on June 1 as a member of the Durham Bulls and lasted just four innings as the Bisons roughed him up for four runs on eight hits.
Mason made the start for the Bisons after scheduled starter Pat Misch was recalled by the New York Mets on Tuesday. Mason went 1-1 with 2.87ERA in four games (three starts) for the Binghamton Mets (AA) before the promotion. Minor League Baseball's, Double-A pitcher of the year in 2007, Mason struggled with Durham last year going 3-10 with a 6.31ERA.
Jim Ed Warden relieved Adam Bostick in the eighth and got Austin Jackson to fly out with two runners aboard to preserve the lead for Mason and the Herd.
The Herd broke a scoreless tie in the seventh on a weak groundball by Josh Petersen that scored Javier Castillo, who reached on a single to lead off the inning. The Bisons broke it open in the ninth, scoring three times courtesy of RBI hits from Rene Rivera, Luis Rivera and Argenis Reyes.
Ivan Nova was the hard-luck loser for the Yankees. Nova allowed just one run and struck out five over seven innings. After allowing back-to-back singles to start the game Nova retired fourteen straight Bisons until Petersen hit a two-out single in the fifth inning.
After splitting the four-game series in Scranton, the Bisons head to Pawtucket for a short two-game set. Tobi Stoner will be on the bump for the Herd as they look to win their third game in a row at 7:05 Wednesday night.
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