News & Notes: Game 125 & 126

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Buffalo Bisons
68-56, 2nd(-6.0)
G1: RHP Fernando Nieve 2-0, 4.19
G2: LHP Adam Pettyjohn 2-3, 5.14

Pawtucket Red Sox
54-72, 4th(-21.0)
G1: LHP Fabio Castro 5-8, 4.87
G2: TBA

Saturday, August 21, 2010
Coca-Cola Field – Buffalo, NY

Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons host the Pawtucket Red Sox in the first two games of a six-game in five-day series at Coca-Cola Field (5:35 p.m.). This is the Bisons first doubleheader of the 2010 season. The Herd is coming off a three-game sweep of the Rochester Red Wings at home with all three games decided in Buffalo’s final at-bat.

RED HOT HERD: The Bisons have won 16 of their last 19 games for a .842 winning percentage since July 30. The Herd has also won 13 of its last 14 games at Coca-Cola Field, including seven straight going into tonight’s game. Buffalo is now 12 games above .500 for the first time since July 14, 2007 (51-39).

WILD RACE: The Bisons finally gained some ground in the IL Wild Card race. The Herd trails Louisville by just two games after the Bats fell to Syracuse on Friday night, 8-1. The Bisons have three more games (21) than Louisville (18) on the schedule, with one of their three doubleheaders tonight.

vs. PAWSOX: The Bisons are 6-4 against Pawtucket this season. The teams split a four-game set at McCoy Stadium, August 13-16. The PawSox are visiting Coca-Cola Field for the first time since the Bisons first home series of the season. The Herd swept the two-game, rain-shortened series, April 14-15.

HOT HITTER: INF RUSS ADAMS has eight extra-base hits in his last nine games. Since August 2, Adams has hit .429 (12-28) with four doubles, four home runs, 11RBI and a 1.000 slugging pct. Adams is now third on the Bisons club with 45RBI on the season.

LUCKY CHARM: RHP FERNANDO NIEVE is 2-0 in four starts with the Herd this season. With his time in 2009, Nieve is now 4-0 with a 3.92ERA in eight career starts in a Bisons uniform. He won his Herd debut, May 18, 2009 in Pawtucket (6.0IP, 3ER, 7K). Buffalo is 7-1 with Nieve pitches since last year.

BISONS BITS: LHP ADAM PETTYJOHN was 2-5 with a 3.76ERA in eight starts for the Bisons last season…This is the Herd’s first doubleheader since September 4, 2009 when they lost a pair in Lehigh Valley…With 39 home wins, the Bisons are one victory shy of reaching 40 wins at Coca-Cola Field for the first time since 2006 when they were 43-29.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (61-61) earned the 7-1 victory over the Pirates last night. Former Bisons OF CHRIS CARTER went 2-4 with a home run and two RBI. RHP MIKE PELFREY tossed eight solid innings to improve to 12-7 on the season. New York takes on Pittsburgh again tonight with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

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