T-minus 10! That’s it. Just 10 home games left for the Buffalo Bisons in the 2008 portion of the schedule. Tonight should be a big one too, thanks to it being the final fridaynightbash! of the season. Two games against the PawSox, four versus the IronPigs and the final three taking on the Yankees. Then you can start packing up the gear for next year.
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons host the Rochester Red Wings in the second game of a two-game series at Dunn Tire Park (7:05 p.m.). The Bisons fell yesterday to the Red Wings in game one of the set, 7-4. After the Red Wings series, Buffalo will host Pawtucket for two and Lehigh Valley for four. On the mound today for the Bisons is LHP Aaron Laffey. Laffey is coming off an impressive outing, throwing eight innings of shutout baseball in a Bisons 4-2 win at Lehigh Valley last Saturday. Rochester will send RHP Danny Graves to the mound.
TONIGHT’S STARTER: Aaron Laffey
-Last Game: 8/9 vLHV: (W, 8.0IP, 4H, 0R, 0ER, BB, 9K), Bisons 2-0 win.
-2008 w/ Bisons: (4-1, 2.70ERA)(7GS, 40.0IP, 35H, 13R, 12ER, 10BB, 33K).
-2008 w/ Cleveland: (5-7, 4.23)(93.2IP, 103H, 52R, 44ER, 31BB, 41K).
-2007 w/ Bisons: (9-3, 3.3.08)(16G, 96.1IP, 89H, 36R, 33ER, 23BB, 75K).
-2007 Bisons Warren Spahn Most Valuable Pitcher (Buffalo 13-3 when he pitched).
-2007 Indians Bob Feller Minor League Pitcher of the Year (13-4, 2.88ERA).
-Selected in the 16th round (468th overall) of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.
NOT THAT FUNNY: LHP Aaron Laffey has been almost untouchable in his seven starts for the Bisons. For the Herd, Laffey has been averaging almost six innings per start, including two eight-inning performances. On the season, Laffey is 4-1 with a 2.70ERA and 33K over 40 innings in a Bisons uniform. Laffey has spent most of his season in Cleveland before returning to Buffalo on August 4. In Cleveland, Laffey started 16 games, going 5-7 with a 4.23ERA and 43K.
AHEAD OF THE CURVE: INF Jerad Head made some debut yesterday when he went 1-3 with a walk and a two-run homer over the message center in leftfield. Head is part of the most recent class of call-ups, spending most of his season playing for the Single-A Kinston Indians. At Kinston, Head played in 83 games, hitting .224 with 10 home runs and 43RBI.
FITTING RIGHT IN: In yesterday’s game, INF Andy Cannizaro extended his hitting streak to seven games and has now reached base safely in all nine games since coming to the Herd on August 4. The veteran infielder has hit .281 with a double, a home run and four RBI in a Bisons uniform. Defensively, Cannizaro ‘has made just one error in the field for Buffalo.
BISONS BITS: Yesterday INF Jordan Brown hit his team-leading 27th double of the season. Brown has now reached safely in 19 of his last 21 games, going 25-77 (.325) with eight runs, seven doubles and one home run…OF Todd Linden extended his hitting streak to six games (9-24, 4 2B, 2HR)…OF Jason Cooper played in his 397th game as a Bison yesterday. He’s three shy of C Tom Prince’s Modern Era record of 400 games.