News & Notes: Game 31
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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons host the Gwinnett Braves for the first game of a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd is coming off a split of a four-game series against the Norfolk Tides. The accent on the series was OF Jesus Feliciano’s walk-off home run in last night’s 5-3 win. After Friday, the Bisons will travel to Pawtucket for a four-game series with the Red Sox.
GWINNETT’S FIRST VISIT: Tonight marks the first ever visit by the Gwinnett Braves to Buffalo, NY. During the off-season, the Atlanta Braves moved their Triple-A team from Richmond to Gwinnett. Since rejoining the IL in 1998, the Bisons were 48-38 (.558) record against Richmond. That included a mark of 25-15 (.625) at Coca-Cola Field.
STARTING STRONG: The Bisons starting rotation continues to roll. RHP Tim Redding went seven solid innings last night to give the staff eight quality starts in the last 12 games. Since April 29, Herd starters have posted a 2.25ERA and allowed just 56 hits in 72.0 innings of work. The group has also struck out 51 and allowed just 12 walks. The stretch also includes a complete game in Game 1 of a doubleheader on May 2 against Louisville. That was thrown by tonight’s starter, RHP Dillon Gee (7.0IP, 6H, R, ER, K).
ROSTER MOVE: OF Angel Pagan has joined the Bisons on a MLB rehab assignment. Pagan had surgery on May 11 to remove a bone spur in his right elbow and has been on the Mets’ disabled list since April 5 (retro 3/27). He did play in five spring games, hitting .467 (7-15) with 2RBI. Last season, Pagan hit .275 (25-91) with 13RBI and four steals in 31 games with the Mets.
WALK IT OFF: OF Jesus Feliciano hit the Herd’s second walk-off home run this season with his two-run shot last night. INF/OF Nick Evans hit a walk-off homer in the 15th inning on April 12 against Pawtucket. Feliciano’s blast was his 42nd Bisons walk-off home run in the history of Coca-Cola Field.
GLOVE WORK: The Bisons are now the top fielding team in the International League (.982 pct.). Buffalo has made four fewer errors than any other team.