News & Notes: Game 124

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Buffalo Bisons
67-56, 2nd(-6.0)
LHP Raul Valdes 1-1, 1.88

Rochester Red Wings
47-79, 6th(-27.5)
RHP Mat Fox 6-8, 4.23

Friday, August 20, 2010
Coca-Cola Field – Buffalo, NY

TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet 13
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, WGR Sportsradio 550, bisons.com

TODAY’S GAME: This evening, the Bisons take on the Rochester Red Wings in the final game of a three-game set from Coca-Cola Field (7:35 p.m.). The Herd rallied yesterday in the ninth inning for a 4-3 win to earn their second consecutive walk-off victory. After this series, the Bisons host Pawtucket for six-game in five-day series that starts with a doubleheader on Saturday.

COPYBATS: The Bisons did not gain any ground in the IL playoff race last night as Louisville won again. The Bats beat Syracuse, 6-2. The Bisons trail Louisville by three games in the IL Wild Card Race.

RED HOT HERD: The Bisons have won 15 of their last 18 games for a .833 winning percentage since July 30. The Herd has also won 12 of its last 13 games at Coca-Cola Field, including six straight going into tonight’s game. Buffalo is now 11 games above .500 for the first time since August 27, 2007 (73-62).

THRUWAY CUP: The Bisons are 8-5 against the Red Wings this season, including a 4-3 mark at home. Buffalo is now 13-12 in the Thruway Series, 4.5 games behind Syracuse (17-7) and six ahead of Rochester (7-18). There are 11 Thruway Series games left in 2010, with the Bisons playing in seven of them.

DRAMA: Yesterday’s victory was Buffalo’s 11th walk-off win and 31st comeback win of the season. It was also the second time the Herd has walked off in back-to-back games this season. The Bisons beat Gwinnett on July 16 on a OF JESUS FELICIANO RBI-single in the 11th and defeated the Braves again on July 17 in the ninth on a OF JORGE PADILLA sacrifice fly.

THAT’S A RELIEF: The Bisons’ bullpen has been phenomenal in the month of August. In 54.2 innings of work, the relievers are 4-0 with three saves, 54 strikeouts and a 1.65ERA. In 12 appearances, LHP MIKE O’CONNOR has thrown 12.0 innings with a 1.50ERA, a win, and 15Ks in August. In seven appearances, RHP JOSE DE LA TORRE has tossed 10.2 innings and posted two wins, a 0.84ERA and a .111 opponent batting average this month.

TGIF: Tonight is Buffalo’s final fridaynightbash! of the season. The Herd is undefeated (8-0) on Friday nights at Coca-Cola Field in 2010, outscoring their opponents, 71-35. The Bisons were only 4-9 last year on Fridays at home.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (60-61) lost in Houston, 3-2, last night. Former Bisons LHP PAT MISCH allowed three runs in six plus innings of work in the loss. The Mets are still 8.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL Wild Card race. New York will travel to Pittsburgh to play the first of three against the Pirates tonight at 7:05 p.m.

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