News & Notes: Game 117

Buffalo Bisons
62-54, 2nd (-6.5)
RHP Fernando Nieve 0-0, 2.70

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees
69-48, 1st (+6.5)
RHP Zach McAllister 8-8, 4.81

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
PNC Field – Moosic, PA

Radio: WWKB AM 1520,

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in the opening game of a two-game set at PNC Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd is looking to extend its season-high six-game win streak after last night’s 6-0 victory over Lehigh Valley. The Bisons now trail the Yankees by only 6.5 games in the IL North Division.

RED-HOT HERD: The Bisons have won six straight games and 10 of their last 11. It’s the first time the club has won six consecutive games this season. The last time Buffalo won six games in a row was August 24-30, 2005 when they won seven straight.

BROOMSTICKS: With last night’s victory, the Bisons completed the two-game sweep of Lehigh Valley, outscoring the IronPigs 14-1. The Herd has now swept two straight sets, including a four-game series against Columbus at home, August 5-8. The last time they swept two straight series was from August 27-30, 2005, when Buffalo swept the Red Barons (2G) and Red Wings (2G).

vs. YANKEES: The Bisons are 5-4 this season against the Yankees. The Herd returns to PNC Field for the first time since winning three of four from the Yanks in the first series of the 2010 season. Since rejoining the International League in 1998, the Bisons are 102-98 (.510) against the Yankees.

TO DUDA LIST: OF LUCAS DUDA hit another home run and scored twice last night. The Triple-A rookie has scored a run in 13 of his last 14 games (16 total runs). Duda has also hit in eight straight, with a .414 (12-29) average to go along with two home runs and seven RBI. Since his June 13 promotion, Duda is tied for the league-lead with 31 extra-base hits and a .663 slugging pct.

BISONS BITS: The Bisons’ pitching staff hasn’t allowed an earned run in its last 18.2IP. That stretch goes back to the ninth inning of Sunday’s win over Columbus…INF NICK EVANS has 13 hits in 11 games since his promotion on July 31. Included in those 13 hits are five doubles and one home run…The Herd is 2-0 when RHP FERNANDO NIEVE starts. Nieve was 3-0 in four starts with the club last season (team was 3-1)…LHP PAT MISCH ‘s 150.2IP are the most by a Bison hurler since RHP JIM BROWER threw 160.0IP in 1999.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (56-56) beat the Rockies in 1-0 in a pitcher’s duel last night at Citi Field. RHP MIKE PELFREY bested NL All-Star RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, throwing seven scoreless innings for his eleventh victory. INF JOSE REYES drove home the game’s lone run with a sacrifice fly. New York and Colorado hit the diamond again tonight at 7:10 p.m.

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