News & Notes: Game 119

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Buffalo Bisons
64-54, 2nd (-5.5)
LHP Michael Antonini 1-0, 0.00

Pawtucket Red Sox
51-68, 4th (-19.0)
RHP Adam Mills 2-8, 5.13

Saturday, August 14, 2010
McCoy Stadium – Pawtucket, RI

Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Pawtucket Red Sox in the second game of a four-game set at McCoy Stadium (6:05 p.m.). The Herd has won eight straight games, including the first four games of this seven-game roadtrip. The Bisons now trail Louisville by only three games for the IL’s lone wild card spot. After this series, the Herd travels home to begin a nine-game in eight-day homestand against Rochester and the PawSox.

RED-HOT HERD: The Bisons have won eight straight games and 12 of their last 13. It’s the first time the club has won eight consecutive games since August 12-21(1), 2004 when the club racked up 10 straight. The Herd is now 10-games over the .500 mark for the first time since it was 29-19 on May 28.

vs. RED SOX: The Bisons are 5-2 this season against the Red Sox. The last time the Herd ventured to McCoy Stadium it split a four-game set, April 23-26. The Herd swept a rain-shorted two-game set at Coca-Cola Field on April 14-15.

TO DUDA LIST: OF LUCAS DUDA extended his hit streak to 10 games last night. The slugger has averaged .395 (15-38) with three home runs and 12RBI since August 2. Since his June 13 promotion, Duda has the International League-lead with a .663 slugging pct and is second in extra-base hits with 32.

STRONG ARMED: LHP MICHAEL ANTONINI makes his second start with the team tonight. The southpaw dominated in his first outing as he allowed just an unearned run in six innings to Lehigh Valley on Monday. Antonini was 6-9 with a 4.32ERA in 23 starts with Double-A Binghamton this year.

BISONS BITS: OF KIRK NIEUWEHUIS hit his first Triple-A home run last night. He led the Eastern League with 53 extra-base hits before his promotion…Bisons pitchers have not allowed a home run in its last 121.1 innings of work. The stretch goes all the way back to July 29 in Columbus.

ROSTER MOVES: The Mets have selected the contract of Bisons LHP PAT MISCH. He was 11-4 with a 3.23ERA in 23 starts with the Herd. He led the IL with 150.2IP of work and Buffalo was 17-6 when he started. The Mets also announced that they have optioned RHP RYOTA IGARASHI and LHP RAUL VALDES to the Bisons. Igarashi is 2-1 with a 3.52ERA and two saves in 14 games with the Herd while Valdes is 1-0 with a 0.93ERA in four outings.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (58-57) earned their second consecutive shutout with a 1-0 victory over the Phillies last night. Former Bisons RHP R.A. DICKEY tossed a complete-game one-hitter. The knuckleballer walked just one batter and struck out seven. LHP PAT MISCH starts for New York against the Phillies Tonight at 7:10 p.m.

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