News & Notes: Game 64

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Syracuse Chiefs in the rubber match of a three-game in two-day set from Alliance Bank Stadium. The teams split a doubleheader yesterday with Syracuse taking the first game, 4-2, and Buffalo winning the night cap, 3-2. Tomorrow, the Herd returns home to host the Chiefs for two games at Coca-Cola Field.

vs. THE CHIEFS: The Herd picked up their first win in nine tries against the Chiefs last night. The Chiefs began the 2009 season series by winning eight straight. Last year, Buffalo lost the first give games of the season series before winning seven of their final 11 games against the Chiefs. A victory tonight would be the Bisons 100th win over Syracuse since rejoining the International League in 1998 (most wins against any one team: 2nd – vs. Rochester (98)).

THE RETURN OF REYES: INF Argenis Reyes returned to action yesterday after missing 15 games because of a groin contusion. The infielder went on the disabled list riding a nine-game hit streak and picked up right where he left off. Reyes went 2-4 with a double in the second game of last night’s double dip. Now at 10 games, his hit streak actually began back on May 19. During the streak, Reyes has averaged .359 (14-39).

BIG WILLY STYLE: INF/OF Wily Mo Pena had two hits in both games of yesterday’s doubleheader. The slugger has now hit in 18 of his last 20 games, averaging .329 (25-76) since May 25. During that hot stretch at the plate, Pena has driven in 12 runs and raised his season average 70 points to .270.

ROSTER MOVES: RHP Tobi Stoner was added to the Bisons roster yesterday. Stoner was 2-2 with a 2.86ERA in seven starts with Binghamton. INF Javier Valentin was placed on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain. INF Jonathan Malo was also transferred to Binghamton (AA) yesterday.

FIGGY HONORED: Yesterday, the IL named RHP Nelson Figueroa the league’s Pitcher of the Week for June 8-14. Figueroa was 1-0 with a 1.98ERA in two starts last week. He struck out 16 batters in 13.2 innings of work, including a season-high nine in a 126-pitch effort against Durham on Saturday. Figueroa’s 2.90ERA on the season is the 12th lowest mark in the IL.

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