Second half underway

The un-official second half of the season will begin with the Richmond Braves. The Bisons are already 99 games into the season so the second half will finish more like a sprint.

Here are today’s News and Notes

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons host the Richmond Braves in the first game of a four-game series at Dunn Tire Park (7:05 p.m.). Tonight’s game will also start the second half of the season as the Herd returns from the Triple-A All-Star Break. Starting for the Herd is LHP John Halama. The southpaw has won five of his seven starts with the team, including a 7.2-inning performance in Syracuse on July 9. Taking the ball for Richmond will be RHP James Parr.

LONG TIME, NO SEE: You have to go back to April 18-21, 2006 for the last time the Braves faced the Bisons at Dunn Tire Park. This is Richmond’s only trip to Buffalo this year and the entire four-game set scheduled last year was postponed due to snow (April 5-8). Buffalo did serve as the home team in two of the six games against Braves in 2007, but those contests were made up at The Diamond in Richmond. The last time these teams faced each other in this ballpark RHP Jake Dittler pitched six shutout innings in a 7-0 Bisons victory. Buffalo has won the last three games against the Braves in this ballpark.

SOLID STARTER: LHP John Halama has won four of his last five starts and five of his seven total starts with the team. The veteran has worked five innings or more in all of his appearances with the Bisons. In his last start, July 9 in Syracuse, Halama worked into the eighth inning in a 9-5 Herd victory.

ALL-STAR PERFORMANCE: LHP Rich Rundles was dominating for the IL in last night’s Triple-A All-Star Game. The Bisons reliever needed just eight pitches to record a scoreless sixth inning for the IL. Rundles got the first two batters to ground out right back to the mound. He then struck out Albuquerque’s John Gall on just three pitches. The Pacific Coast League eventually won the game, 6-5, after scoring six runs in the top of the ninth inning.

LINDEN’ A HAND: OF Todd Linden finished the first half of the season on an eight-game hit streak. Since July 7, the outfielder has averaged .355 (11-31) with four doubles and three RBI. The outfielder has also reached base in 27 of his last 29 games since June 15. During that span, Linden has averaged .279 (29-104) with seven doubles, three home runs and 14 walks.

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