News & Notes: Game 137

Buffalo Bisons
72-64, 2nd(-10.5)
RHP Fernando Nieve 2-0, 5.40

Syracuse Chiefs
71-65, 3rd(-11.5)
RHP Erik Arnesen 8-7, 4.18

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Coca-Cola Field – Buffalo, NY

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

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Syracuse Chiefs in the final game of a two-game series from Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd needs a win tonight to split the set with its IL North Division rival after losing last night, 4-1. Buffalo is now 41-27 at home this 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 3.5 games behind the Columbus Clippers in the IL Wild Card. Along with the Herd’s loss last night, the Clippers were 6-4 winners over Indianapolis on Monday. Buffalo has eight games left while Columbus has seven contests remaining in 2010.

Bisons Remaining 2010 Home Schedule
Tuesday: Syracuse (7:05 p.m.)
Wednesday: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre DOUBLEHEADER (G1:5:35 p.m.)
Thursday: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (6:05 p.m.)

THRUWAY CUP: The Syracuse Chiefs (19-8) clinched the 2010 Thruway Cup with their victory over the Bisons (15-14) last night. The Chiefs snapped the Red Wings (7-19) two-year reign in the Thruway Series. The Herd is now 6-9 against the Chiefs this season and has now lost the season-series to Syracuse for the third straight year.

WELL SERVED: INF MIKE CERVENAK has hit safely in 19 of his last 22 contests with the Bisons. Since August 7, Cervenak has averaged .360 (31-86) with six doubles, four home runs and 13RBI in 25 games. The stretch has raised his average 27 points to .261. Cervenak leads the Bisons team with 103 games played and 105 hits and is second with 24 doubles.

BATTING RACE: OF JESUS FELICIANO went 0-4 last night to see his average drop to .340 in 82 games with the Bisons. Feliciano is now 31 plate appearances shy of qualifying as the top hitter in the International League. His average would be one point higher than Gwinnett’s INF Barbaro Canizares.

BISONS BITS: LHP MIKE O’CONNOR saw his consecutive scoreless innings streak snapped last night. The southpaw had tossed 16.2 innings without a run…INF NICK EVANS has reached base safely in 29 of his 31 games with the Herd since his promotion. Evans sports a .319 batting average and a .391 on-base percentage…RHP DILLON GEE fanned 11 batters on Saturday and now has an IL-best 161 on the season.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (65-66) lost to the Braves in Atlanta last night by a 9-3 score. Former Bisons INF LUIS HERNANDEZ went 1-3 and drove home his first run with the Mets. LHP PAT MISCH fell to 0-4 in four starts with New York as he allowed five runs on eight hits in three innings. The Mets take on the Braves again tonight with a 7:10 p.m. first pitch.

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