News & Notes: Game 126 & 127

Buffalo Bisons
69-56, 2nd(-6.0)
RHP Josh Stinson (NR)
LHP Adam Pettyjohn 2-3, 5.14

Pawtucket Red Sox
54-73, 4th(-22.0)
RHP Ramon Ramirez 3-4, 5.45
RHP Robert Coello 3-5, 4.37

Sunday, August 22, 2010
Coca-Cola Field – Buffalo, NY

Radio: WWKB AM 1520,

TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Bisons host the Pawtucket Red Sox in a doubleheader that’s part of a six-game in five-day series at Coca-Cola Field (1:05 p.m.). The Herd struck first in the series with a 5-4 victory last night. The teams could only play one game of a scheduled doubleheader because of rain. The Bisons are 4-0 on their current homestand

RED HOT HERD: The Bisons have won 17 of their last 20 games for a .850 winning percentage since July 30. The Herd has also won 11 of its last 12 games at Coca-Cola Field, including eight straight going into today’s game. Buffalo is now 13 games above .500 for the first time since July 13, 2007 (51-38).

WILD RACE: The Bisons gained a half game last night in the IL Wild Card race and are now just 1.5 games back of Columbus. The Louisville Bats have surpassed the Clippers for first place in the IL West division. Buffalo has 19 games left, while Columbus has just 16 contests to play.

vs. PAWSOX: The Bisons are 7-4 against Pawtucket this season, including a perfect 3-0 against the PawSox at Coca-Cola Field. Dating back to last season, the Herd is 7-1 against Pawtucket at home. The Bisons have a 36-25 (.590) record against IL North opponents this year.

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.

NEW PITCHER: RHP JOSH STINSON will make his Triple-A debut today for the Herd. The righty is just up from Double-A Binghamton where he was 9-3 with a 4.24ERA in 32 games and 14 starts. As a starter this season, the 22-year old was 7-2 with a 4.82ERA. He was 7-0 in his first 12 starts before losing his last two outings with Binghamton.

BISONS BITS: LHP ADAM PETTYJOHN was 2-5 with a 3.76ERA in eight starts for the Bisons last season…The Bisons earned their 40th win at home last night…LHP MIKE O’CONNOR has 16 strikeouts in 9.2 scoreless innings of relief against the PawSox this season.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (62-61) defeated the Pirates, 5-1, in a rain-shortened affair last night. Former Bisons LHP JON NIESE allowed one run in five innings for the complete-game victory. INF DAVID WRIGHT homered and drove in three. New York looks for the three-game sweep of the Pirates today at 1:35 p.m.

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