News & Notes: Game 32 & 33
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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons host the Gwinnett Braves for the final two games of a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field (G1: 5:35 p.m.). The teams will play two tonight after having Thursday’s matinee postponed due to rain/high winds. The Herd is currently 3-3 on their eight-game homestand that ends tonight. After the doubleheader, the Bisons will travel to Pawtucket for a four-game series against the Red Sox.
THE REY TO GO: INF Argenis Reyes continues to show himself as a good all-around player. Reyes drew two walks on Wednesday to give him a team-high 14 on the year. He leads the Bisons in average (.296) while his .412 on-base percentage is 9th in the International League. He’s also tied for the team lead in steals (5) and is the top fielding second baseman in the IL (.991 pct.).
ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD: OF Angel Pagan has picked up an outfield assist in each of his first two games with the Bisons. Pagan threw out a runner trying to score in the ninth inning on Tuesday night and got former Bison Brian Barton trying to stretch a single into a double on Wednesday. Herd outfielders now have eight outfield assists on the season.
NEW HURLER: LHP Michael Antonini has been promoted from Binghamton (AA) and will make his Triple-A debut with the start in Game 1 tonight. The Mets 18th round pick in the 2007 draft, Antonini was 4-1 with a 4.88ERA in six starts with Binghamton. The southpaw was a combined 9-7 with a 2.76ERA in 162.2 innings of work at three different levels last season.
MALO RETURNS: INF Jonathon Malo has been promoted from Binghamton (AA). Malo hit .290 (18-62) with a home run and eight RBI in 16 games with the B-Mets. He left riding an eight-game hit streak where he averaged .294 (10-34). To make roster room INF Jose Coronado was transferred to Binghamton.
ROSTER MOVES: C Javier Valentin has joins the Bisons. The catcher has spent each of the past six seasons in the major leagues, five of which came in Cincinnati. Last year with the Reds, Valentin hit .256 (33-129) with four home runs and 18RBI in 94 games.