Salt City Sweep?
Buffalo took the opener in Syracuse Friday night and has a chance to pick up a two game sweep over the Cheifs AND jump forward in the IL North standings with a win tonight.
Southpaw David Huff has only had two “un-Huff-like” outings since his promotion to the Bisons. After a rough start versus Lehigh Valley he battled back and allowed two runs against the IronPigs in the next two starts. In the first meeting against Syracuse, Huff allowed four earned runs in six innings. It’s only the second time this season that he’s allowed that many runs in any start. Think he’s motivated tonight? Ask Lehigh Valley what the last two starts have been like?
Huff, has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last seven starts. Since July 11, the southpaw is 3-2 with a 1.69ERA (32.0IP, 6ER). Over that same span, he has struck out 30 and allowed just 22 hits. Since joining the Herd in early June, Huff has yet to yield more than four earned runs in any of his 14 starts.
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Syracuse Chiefs in the second game of a two-game series from Alliance Bank Stadium (7:00 p.m.). The Bisons will look for the two-game sweep following last night’s 6-3 victory. Buffalo has now won six of their last eight games as well as eight of their last 12 road games. Tonight, LHP David Huff will take the mound for the Herd. The southpaw struck out eight IronPigs in 5.2 innings on Monday to collect his fifth win of the season. Syracuse will counter with LHP Brett Cecil.
TONIGHT’S STARTER: David Huff
-Last Game: 8/18 vLHV: (W, 5.2IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 8K), Bisons’ 5-1 Win.
-2008 w/ Bisons: (5-4, 2.83)(14GS, 70.0IP, 56H, 26R, 22ER, 13BB, 73K).
-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
HANGING WITH COOPER: OF Jason Cooper has been outstanding this month. The outfielder has seven hits in his last nine at-bats and is now hitting .424 (14-33) with eight extra-base hits in 13 games in August. Last night, he hit his 19th triple in his five-year Bisons career, one shy of the modern era record set by INF Joe Inglett. On Tuesday night, Cooper played in his 401st game with the team to break that modern era record. Cooper is now at 403 games with the team and counting.
HOT HITTER: OF Todd Linden has hit in 12 of his last 13 games with a .367 (18-49) batting average since August 7. He has added six doubles, four home runs and eight RBI in those 13 games. Linden’s 13 home runs and 47 walks are currently tops on the team, and his 47RBI are second. On the year, Linden has averaged .341 (31-91) with runners in scoring position.
BISONS BITS: On their rehab assignments, C Victor Martinez has hit .400 (2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, 3BB) and DH Travis Hafner has hit .400 (4-10, 2R, 2 2B, 3RBI, 2BB)…RHP Bubbie Buzachero has converted his last seven save opportunities…INF Andy Cannizaro has hit in 14 of his 16 games with the Bisons, hitting .309 (17-55) with 13 runs and 11RBI.