Vintage Aaron Laffey led the Bisons in a 2-0 win Saturday night. Laffey crisply completed 8-innings, striking out nine and looked much more finished on the mound versus his return to Buffalo on Monday night.
The 5:35 start tonight will be interesting to watch because batters have had difficulty picking up the ball in the early innings the last two nights. Although, the sun is not the sole reason that the Bisons have punched out 23 times in the first two games. Carlos Carrasco and Brian Mazone deserve a good amount of credit trying to lead Lehigh Valley.
The Bisons try to take the series lead tonight in Game 3.
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the third game of a four-game series at Coca-Cola Park (5:35 p.m.). The series is even at a game apiece after the Herd pitched themselves to a 2-0 shutout win last night. After this four-game set, the Bisons will have rare back-to-back off days before starting an eight-game homestand on Thursday. On the mound tonight for Buffalo is LHP David Huff. The southpaw had his last outing shortened to just 1.1 innings thanks to a lengthy rain delay on Tuesday night. Lehigh Valley will counter with LHP J.A. Happ.
TODAY’S STARTER: David Huff
-Last Game: 8/5 vIND: (L, 1.1IP, H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 2K), Bisons’ 5-2 loss.
-2008 w/ Bisons: (4-4, 3.03)(12GS, 59.1IP, 48H, 24R, 20ER, 9BB, 59K).
-2008 w/ Akron (AA): (5-1, 1.92)(11G, 10GS, 65.2IP, 44H, 17R, 14ER, 14BB, 62K)
-2007 w/ Kinston (A): (4-1, 2.72)(11GS, 59.2IP, 57H, 23R, 18ER, 15BB, 46K).
-2007 Carolina League All-Star, missed second half of season (left elbow strain).
-2006 w/ Mahoning Valley (A): (0-1, 5.87)(4GS, 7.2IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 8K).
-Drafted by Cleveland in the 1st round (39th overall) of the 2006 MLB Draft
HUFF’S STUFF: LHP David Huff hasn’t allowed more than four earned runs in any of his starts with the Herd this season. In 9 of his 12 outings, he has given up two earned runs or less. His last outing lasted only 1.1 innings due to a rain delay of over two hours. In the four starts before that, Huff was 2-1 with a razor thin 0.90ERA. In his last five starts, including the rain-shortened appearance, Huff has allowed just 14 hits while striking out 16 in 21.1 innings of work.
SOLID FIRST WEEK: INF Andy Cannizaro has fit in nicely to the Bisons everyday line-up. Since being acquired on August 4 in a trade with Tampa Bay, the second baseman has reached safely in all six games as a Bison. He’s hit in each of his last four with a .333 (5-15) batting average. He’s also scored five runs in six games. With the Durham Bulls, Cannizaro hit .240 (41-171) with one home run and 14RBI in 51 games.
ALL-STAR: Buffalo’s 2008 All-Star LHP Rich Rundles has not allowed a run in seven consecutive outings. Since July 26, Rundles has allowed just two hits while striking out eight in 5.1 innings of work. The stretch includes three of his four saves on the season. Rundles leads Bisons relievers in games (46), wins (5) and holds (8).
BISONS BITS: OF Jason Cooper played in his 396th game as a Bison, four shy of C Tom Prince’s Modern Era record of 400…OF Todd Linden is the second Bisons batter to reach 10 home runs on the season (OF Brad Snyder, 11). Linden has also doubled in three straight games and is now tied with Cooper for 2nd on the team with 41 RBI (Snyder, 53).