News & Notes: Game 136

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Buffalo Bisons
72-63, 2nd(-10.5)
RHP Jenrry Mejia (NR)

Syracuse Chiefs
70-65, 3rd(-12.5)
RHP Shairon Martis (5-7, 3.76)

Monday, August 30, 2010
Coca-Cola Field – Buffalo, NY

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

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Syracuse Chiefs in the first game of a two-game series from Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd is coming off a 2-3 roadtrip to Syracuse and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Tonight’s game starts the Buffalo’s final homestand of the season. The Bisons will host the Yankees for a three-game in two-game series starting Wednesday.

WILD RACE: The Bisons have fallen back to 2.5 games behind the Columbus Clippers in the IL Wild Card. Along with the Herd’s loss last night, the Clippers were 10-5 winners over Indianapolis. Buffalo has nine games left while Columbus has eight contests remaining in 2010.

THRUWAY CUP: The Syracuse Chiefs (18-8) can clinch the 2010 Thruway Cup with a victory over the Bisons (15-13) tonight. The Herd is 6-8 against the Chiefs this season, including a 3-3 mark at Coca-Cola Field. The teams split a two-game series in Syracuse last week, August 26-27.

OH JENRRY: RHP JENRRY MEJIA will make his Bisons debut tonight. The 20-year old righty is rated the Mets’ top prospect by Baseball America. Mejia made the Mets Opening Day roster and was 0-2 with a 3.25ERA in 30 relief appearances. As a starter with Double-A Binghamton, Mejia was 2-0 with a 1.32ERA in six starts.

BATTING RACE: OF JESUS FELICIANO enters tonight’s game on a five-game hit streak. In the stretch, Feliciano has averaged .500 (8-16). The outfielder has been held without a hit in just one of his last 16 games with the Bisons. With a .344 average, Feliciano is just 32 plate appearances shy of qualifying as the top hitter in the International League.

BISONS BITS: INF RUSS ADAMS has 21RBI in only 20 games this month. With 55RBI this season, Adams is just three RBI shy of INF MIKE HESSMAN’S team-leading total of 58…INF MIKE CERVENAK is hitting .322 (29-90) with nine extra-base hits in 24 games in August…LHP MIKE O’CONNOR has not allowed a run in his last 16.1 innings of work, a stretch that spans nine-plus games. The southpaw has 64 strikeouts in 64.1 innings of work…RHP DILLON GEE fanned 11 batters on Saturday and now has an IL-best 161 on the season.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (65-65) beat the Astros, 5-1, on Sunday afternoon to take two of three from Houston. Former Bisons catcher JOSH THOLE went 2-3 with his second home run of the season. RHP R.A. DICKEY gave up just one run on six hits in seven innings of work to improve to 9-5 on the season. The Mets are in Atlanta tonight for the start of a four-game series with the Braves (7:10 p.m.)

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