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Chalk one up for son; Tigers prospect helps blank Herd

When Buffalo Bisons manager Tim Teufel and Toledo Mud Hens manager Phil Nevin met at home plate before their game on Wednesday, Nevin brought news of a pitching change for Thursday night's contest.

"I said, 'Well, who's the pitcher?' and he says 'Well it's a left-hander we're bringing up, some guy named Too-full or Toy-full,' " Teufel said. "And I go come on, don't mess around like that, and he says yeah, he's coming up. Your son's going to be here [Thursday] to pitch."

Lefty Shawn Teufel (TUFF-el), 25, joined Toledo on Thursday, shining in his first Triple-A start as the Mud Hens scored all their runs in the third to beat dear old dad and the Buffalo Bisons, 4-0, in front of 7,926 at Coca-Cola Field.

The younger Teufel (1-0) hung a half-dozen donuts on his father's Bisons, allowing just three hits and three walks while striking out a career-high seven in six innings.

"I was nervous as a dad," Tim Teufel said. "He did a remarkable job, being in the strike zone and throwing strikes."

The two shared an embrace after the post-game interviews were finished, but it was Shawn who walked away with bragging rights.

"It was great," Shawn said. "It was a good feeling that I'd helped the team win, and, you know, beat Pops. It was fun."

Teufel has spent the season with the Single-A Lakeland Flying Tigers, where he has gone 4-3 with a 3.63 ERA in 19 games, including seven starts. He was Detroit's 25th-round draft pick in 2010 after a successful college career at Liberty.

It was the first time father and son have shared a baseball field in a long time, going back to when Tim would help coach at Shawn's high school in Florida. But Shawn wasn't a pitcher back then, and since he made the switch, Tim has had limited opportunities to see his son play.

"It was only the third time I've seen him pitch," Tim Teufel said. "He pitched in the playoffs one time at Liberty University, and I saw him in instructional league last year for a couple innings, but that was it."

Shawn Teufel worked his way out of trouble a couple times, including a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the third that he escaped by striking out Zach Lutz and Valentino Pascucci consecutively.

"That was the game I think right there, when he got Lutz and he got Pascucci, he made quality pitches," Tim Teufel said. "Lutz and Pascucci are run-producers. Hats off to Shawn."

Tim Teufel also played for the Mud Hens in his professional days when Toledo was part of the Minnesota Twins organization. He played 11 years in the majors, winning the World Series with the Mets in 1986.

"This is something you don't even think about," said Tim, who picked Shawn up at the airport Thursday morning. "You don't think the jump's going to happen this year. You hope along the way he progresses and gets caught up to where I'm at, but no way did I expect this to happen this year. What a thrill."

As soon as the Bisons learned about the call-up, the organization arranged for Tim's wife, Valerie, to fly up and watch the game, a move that both Tim and Shawn appreciated.

"One of the nicest things about the Buffalo organization is the generosity," Tim said. "This is how first-class the Buffalo organization is."

But as it turns out, they were bringing in a fan of the opposition.

"Mom said she was all for me," Shawn said. "Sorry, Pops."

Both Teufels hope it's not the last game for Shawn at the Triple-A level.

"I think it was an opportunity he took advantage of," Tim said. "And this was a big one for him. So congrats to him, I'm glad he pitched well."

Shawn was also appreciative of the work of veteran catcher Omir Santos.

"Me and Santos worked well together," Shawn said. "He called a good game. There were only a couple times I shook him off, so we were pretty much on the same page."

One bad inning from Bisons starter Pat Misch (7-8) was enough for the Mud Hens to do the necessary damage. After retiring the first batter, he allowed consecutive singles and then walked two straight to give away the first run. Then Timo Perez's single was fumbled by Bisons center fielder Fernando Perez, allowing two more to score. Misch pitched seven innings, allowing three earned runs, four hits and three walks with six strikeouts.

Before Thursday's game, Herd outfielder Raul Reyes was called up from Double-A Binghamton to replace Bubba Bell, who's on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

The Bisons wrap up their homestand tonight against Toledo (7:35 p.m., 1520 AM). Chris Schwinden (7-6, 3.76) starts for the Herd against Fu-Te Ni (5-2, 3.35).

email: skilb@buffnews.com

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Toledo 4

Bisons 0

The Pitch: Toledo erupts with four-run fourth. ... Shawn Teufel goes six, allowing no runs and striking out seven to beat his dad. ... Bisons strand 12 baserunners.

Fast Fact: It was the first time the Bisons have been shut out since July 9 at Pawtucket.

Next Game: Tonight vs. Toledo, 7:35 p.m. (fridaynightbash!)