They work for your cell phone, why not your favorite team too? The Bisons tallied 14 runs in the win last night over Rochester and would love to stash a few for the next couple of nights against Pawtucket. Granted, the ‘aces’ of the PawSox wont be on the mound for this series but both Michael Bowden and Devern Hansack have had flashes of brilliance this year. Lets hope the Herd’s offense can outshine both this weekend.
The Bisons eight-run fifth inning last night was their most potent frame since scoring nine in the ninth inning against Pawtucket on May 5, 2007. INF Michael Aubrey had the first and final hit of the frame with a one-out double to start the rally and an RBI-single to plate the eighth run. In-between, eight consecutive Bisons batters reached base with four doubles. INF Jorge Velandia and INF Andy Cannizaro had a two-run single and a two-run double respectively.
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons host the Pawtucket Red Sox in the first game of a two-game series at Dunn Tire Park (7:05 p.m.). The Herd began this eight-game homestand with a two-game split against Rochester. On the mound tonight for the Bisons is LHP John Halama. The Bisons’ team leader in wins lost his last time out with seven innings of work against Lehigh Valley last Friday. Pawtucket will counter with RHP Michael Bowden.
TONIGHT’S STARTER: John Halama
-Last Game: 8/8 @LHV: (L, 7.0IP, 11H, 7R, 6ER, 6K), Bisons’ 7-3 loss.
-2008 w/ Bisons: (7-4, 4.35)(12GS, 2CG, 80.2IP, 91H, 43R, 39ER, 12BB, 36K).
-2008 w/ So. Maryland (IND): (4-1, 1.88)(8GS, 56.2IP, 47H, 13R, 12ER, 8BB, 48K).
-2007 w/ Long Island (IND): (8-10, 4.14)(26GS, 167.1IP, 201H, 94R, 77ER, 44BB, 93K).
-Career 56-48 with a 4.65ERA in 262 Major League Games (911.0IP, 492K).
-Originally a 23rd round pick (640th overall) of Houston in 1994 amateur draft.
-Signed as a free agent on June 7, 2008.
ON HALAMA’S BACK: LHP John Halama leads the Bisons with seven wins and has been very impressive at Dunn Tire Park. At home, the southpaw is 3-0 with a 2.76ERA and two complete games in four starts. Overall, Halama has worked six innings or more in each of his last six starts and has lasted seven frames in five of those outings.
DOUBLE DUTY: The Bisons hit a season-high seven doubles last night, including two from OF Trevor Crowe and INF Michael Aubrey. OF Brad Snyder hit his 25th on the year and is now two shy of INF Jordan Brown’s team-best 27. Add OF Todd Linden’s team-high 12th home run of the season and the Herd set a new season high with eight extra-base hits.
HIT STREAKING: The Bisons have several players entering tonight’s game on hit streaks: INF Andy Cannizaro (8 games, .310, 9-29), OF Todd Linden (7 games, .370, 10-27), INF Jordan Brown (6 games, .407, 11-27), OF Brad Snyder (5 games, .318, 7-22), and INF Jorge Velandia (4 games, .286, 4-14).
BISONS BITS: OF Jason Cooper played in his 398th game as a Bison yesterday. He’s two shy of C Tom Prince’s Modern Era record of 400 games…LHP Aaron Laffey has not allowed an earned run in five of his eight starts.