News & Notes: Game 118

Buffalo Bisons
63-54, 2nd (-5.5)
RHP Dillon Gee 11-7, 4.75

Pawtucket Red Sox
51-67, 4th (-18.0)
RHP Ramon Ramirez 2-3, 5.20

Friday, August 13, 2010
McCoy Stadium – Pawtucket, RI

Radio: WWKB AM 1520,
WGR Sportsradio 550AM

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Pawtucket Red Sox in the first game of a four-game set at McCoy Stadium (7:05 p.m.). The Herd is looking to extend its season-high seven-game win streak. The Bisons now trail Scranton/Wilkes-Barre by only 5.5 games in the IL North Division. After this series, the Herd travels to home to begin an eight-day homestand with three games against Rochester and six games (one doubleheader) against Pawtucket.

RED-HOT HERD: The Bisons have won seven straight games and 11 of their last 12. It’s the first time the club has won seven consecutive games since August 24-30, 2005. The last time Buffalo won eight straight was August 12-21(1), 2004 when the club racked up 10 straight victories. The Herd has also swept two series in a row, having won four straight over Columbus, August 5-8, and two consecutive in Lehigh Valley, August 9-10.

vs. RED SOX: The Bisons are 4-2 this season against the Red Sox. The last time the Herd ventured to McCoy Stadium, Buffalo split a four-game series, April 23-26. Since rejoining the International League in 1998, the Bisons are 105-93 (.530) against the Red Sox.

GOLLY GEE: RHP DILLON GEE is looking to earn his team-high 12th victory of the season tonight against the Red Sox. In his last two starts, he is 2-0 with just five earned runs allowed to 14 strikeouts in 14.0 innings. Gee has an International League-best 132 strikeouts this season, six more than any other pitcher. Gee is also only five strikeouts away from the Bisons modern era single-season record of 137, set in 1990 by RHP VINCENTE PALACIOS.

TO DUDA LIST: OF LUCAS DUDA is on a nine-game hit streak. In the stretch, Duda has averaged .382 (13-34) with two home runs and eight RBI. Since his June 13 promotion, Duda has the International League-lead with a .651 slugging pct and is second in extra-base hits with 31.

BISONS BITS: Buffalo’s pitching staff hasn’t allowed a home run since July 29 in Columbus (112.1IP)…Only eight players active on the Bisons roster have played against Pawtucket this year… OF JESUS FELICIANO hit his lone home run of the year April 25 against the Red Sox at McCoy Field…After not homering since June 26, INF MIKE CERVENAK has gone deep twice this week.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (57-57) shutout the Rockies 4-0 yesterday afternoon from Citi Field. LHP JOHAN SANTANA tossed a complete game and struck out 10 batters. OF CARLOS BELTRAN was 3-3 with an RBI. The Mets continue their homestand tonight as they begin a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies at 7:10 p.m.

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