News & Notes: Game 100
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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Pawtucket Red Sox in the second game of a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd struck first in the series with last night’s 2-1 victory. Following the conclusion of this series on Friday, the Bisons return to the road for a pair of four-game series at Toledo and Columbus.
vs. THE RED SOX: The Bisons are 5-6 against the Pawtucket Red Sox this year. The Herd have now won three in a row against the Red Sox. Tonight, the Bisons look to notch their 100th win against the Pawtucket Red Sox since their return to the International League (99-88, .529 winning pct.).
TAKAHASHI TO START: LHP Ken Takahashi looks to bounce back today after receiving losses in his previous two starts for the Herd. The southpaw has only allowed seven earned runs in 33 innings of work this season (1.91ERA). Takahashi has appeared twice in relief against Pawtucket this season, allowing one earned run and collecting four strikeouts in 4.2 innings.
WELCOME PETTYJOHN: The Mets signed LHP Adam Pettyjohn to a minor league contract yesterday and assigned him to the Bisons. Pettyjohn was 1-6 with a 4.68ERA in 18 games and six starts for the Louisville Bats before being released last week. In 2008, the southpaw went 15-6 with a 4.59ERA and 95 strikeouts in 28 starts for Louisville. His 15 wins led the all International League pitchers and tied a Louisville franchise record last season.
THE HITS KEEP COMING: OF Jesus Feliciano collected another hit last night (1-3) and notched one more RBI. Feliciano has hit .351 (13-37) over the past nine games. His 37RBI on the season leads the Herd, and his batting average (.313) is 4th-highest in the IL. His 107 total hits are 4th most in the IL as well.
FANTASTIC FIGGY: RHP Nelson Figueroa was outstanding again last night against the Red Sox. Figueroa extended his streak of consecutive quality starts to 10 last night, bringing his season total to 14. The righthander’s team-leading 2.25ERA is the 2nd lowest in the International League. He also leads the Bisons with 94 strikeouts, 112.0 innings pitched and 17 starts.