News & Notes: Game 132

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Rochester Red Wings in the second game of a three-game set at Frontier Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd struck first in the series with last night’s 8-7 victory. The Bisons have gone 3-4 so far on their season-long nine-game roadtrip that has already stopped at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Pawtucket. On Tuesday, the Bisons return to Buffalo for their final four home games of the season.

vs. THE WINGS: The Bisons are 5-7 against their closest rivals so far this season. That record does include an even 3-3 mark at Frontier Field. The Herd has not won a series against Rochester in 2009, earning just one split of a four-game set at Frontier Field, July 4-6. Dating back to last season, the Bisons are just 6-16 in their last 22 games against the Red Wings.

ROSTER MOVE: RHP Jose Sanchez will make his Triple-A debut tonight after his promotion from St. Lucie (A) today. Sanchez began the year at Binghamton (AA), where he was 1-6 with a 6.88ERA in 10 starts. The 25-year old has made 66 career appearances at the Double-A level in the past three seasons, all with the B-Mets. Sanchez was 13-7 with a 3.83ERA in 29 games and 26 starts with Binghamton in 2008.

MOUND WORK: Bisons starting pitchers continued their strong stretch of work as LHP Adam Pettyjohn earned the win last night. In the team’s last 11 games, the rotation has combined to post a 2.45ERA. Herd starters have allowed just 17 runs in 62.1 innings with 42 strikeouts to only 13 walks.

BALANCED ATTACK: The Bisons 8-7 victory last night included a hit by seven different hitters, a run scored by seven different players and an RBI from six different batters. C Robinson Cancel had three hits last night and has now hit .455 (10-22) in seven games against the Red Wings this season.

THE HIT-MAN: The International League hit competition continues to be a two-man race. Both OF Jesus Feliciano and Gwinnett’s INF Barbaro Canizares got a hit last night. That means Canizares kept his one-hit lead, 140-139. Feliciano’s hit extended his hit streak to eight as he has averaged .406 (13-32) since August 21.

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