July 2008

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.

No winner, yet

The 2008 season has been (and still is) all about YOU, the Buffalo Bisons Fan.

The Bisons want to thank their fans for their record-breaking and unparalleled support over the past two-plus decades…So, how about giving away more FREE STUFF. This year, the prizes will be given out like never before. From the team’s Prize Patrol to in-stadium and radio contests, there are numerous ways you can WIN BIG…just for being a Bisons fan.

When is a home run GRAND?…When you can pocket $1,000! Just listen to a Bisons broadcast, home or on the road, on WWKB 1520 AM or on Bisons.com.

If your name is selected for the Big Slam Inning and the Bisons hit a grand slam over the wall, $1,000 is yours. Just call the phone number play-by-play announcer Ben Wagner reads over the air by the end of the 8th inning to claim your prize. To register send an email to the Bisons HERE and include your name, telephone number, the town you live in and your birth date.

Contestants will be chosen randomly and announced at the start of the inning. Just enter once, as multiple entries will not improve your chances of being selected. Only one entry per household and contestants must be 18 years or older.

More ways you can win as part of “The Year of the Bisons Fan”

This is just a partail list of ways to win while you’re at Dunn Tire Park. You never know what you could come home with just for going to watch the HERD!

See ya at the ballyard!

Mystery Ball Night at DTP

The Buffalo Bisons have partnered with Kate Wedge, wife of Cleveland Indians Manger Eric Wedge, to host a “Mystery Ball” Fundraiser, presented by WGRZ, at Dunn Tire Park on Friday, July 11 during the team’s game against the Louisville Bats (7:35 p.m.).

Kate talks about the Mystery Ball Night

For only $20, fans in attendance have the opportunity to purchase a gift-wrapped mystery ball (limit 10 baseballs per transaction). There are over 500 baseballs available and each has been autographed by a member of Buffalo Bisons, Cleveland Indians, Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bills or select members of the sports world.

Get the entire list of autographs and silent auction items here!

Get a ticket to the game.

Independence Eve is 'hear'

Looking back at last season (my first year with the team), one single even stands out versus any other. July 3.

A bevy of emotion surrounds you the entire night once the gates are open and a sea of people find there seats and stay in constant motion the entire night. Like most ballparks, the energy is created from the fans but you’d be hard pressed to find more than a handful that remember a single moment of game action. If you ask the majority at the yard that night, “who made the final play?” They’d reply, “The BPO.”

Each July 3 the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra provides a rousing tribute to the events that affect (and effect) our lives over the past year and remind us of the events in history that have helped shape our country. While recognizing them is important, the time that is dedicated to honor our service men and women is a moment in every Independence Eve celebration that raises the hair on the back of your neck. This year will be no exception.

Read more about the 2008 tribute here.

This season will also be a landmark of sorts with the overall attendance from this single event surpassing QUARTER OF A MILLION FANS! Remarkable.

A majority of our pre-game coverage will give you a tiny preview of the show ahead and in case you didn’t act quickly enough to get tickets, the show will be LIVE on Time Warner Cable SportsNet.