News & Notes: Game 112
RHP Fernando Nieve (0-0, 2.45)
LHP Eric Berger (0-0, 2.53)
Friday, August 6, 2010
Coca-Cola Field – Buffalo, NY
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Columbus Clippers in the second game of a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field (7:35 p.m.). The Herd beat the Clippers last night, 11-4, despite trailing by four runs for their 27th come-from-behind victory this season. Buffalo is in 2nd place in both the IL North Division (8.5 games back) and in the IL Wild Card race (3.5 games back). After this weekend, the Bisons leave for an 8-game roadtrip against the IronPigs, Yanks, and PawSox.
WILD RACE: The Bisons enter tonight’s game 3.5 games back of Louisville for the IL’s lone Wild Card spot. Columbus is the Herd’s final non-divisional opponent as the club will stay in the IL North over the final 30 games. With 33 games left, Buffalo has at least one more game left than every team in the race.
vs. CLIPPERS: The Bisons are 3-2 against the Clippers this year. The teams split a four-game set in Columbus, July 27-30. Since rejoining the International League in 1998, the Herd is 54-47 (.535) against Columbus including a 28-21 (.571) record at home.
STARTING OFF: RHP FERNANDO NIEVE will make his second start of the year for the Herd tonight. In his previous start, he went 3.2 innings and allowed one earned run in a no-decision. Nieve was 3-0 in four starts with the Bisons last year and 2-4, with 6.00ERA in 40 games with the Mets this season.
CLOUD NINE: Last night, the Bisons scored nine runs in the eighth inning. The Herd sent 13 batters to the plate, with INF JUSTIN TURNER and OF LUCAS DUDA each collecting a pair of hits in the frame. It is the first time the Herd scored nine runs in a single frame since May 5, 2007, when Buffalo rallied for a nine-run ninth against Pawtucket in a walk-off 15-14 win
SNAPPING BACK: INF LUIS HERNANDEZ went 2-3 at the plate yesterday, halting a four-game, 0-17 slide. His two RBI were his first since July 16. Despite the recent cold spell, Hernandez is still hitting .324 (35-108) in 26 games since rejoining Buffalo on July 1.
FUN FRIDAYS: The Herd has not lost on a fridaynightbash!® this season. Buffalo is 7-0 at home on Fridays this year. The Bisons are great weekend warriors, having a combined 30-19 mark on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (54-54) were idle last night. Tonight New York will continue their six-game roadtrip in Philadelphia at 7:05 p.m. Former Bison LHP JON NIESE (7-5, 3.78) will start. The Mets are eight games behind Atlanta in the NL East and 7.5 games behind San Francisco in the wild card race with 54 contests to go.