News & Notes: Game 142

Buffalo Bisons
74-67, 3rd(-11.5)
LHP Adam Pettyjohn 2-4, 5.14

Lehigh Valley IronPigs
56-85, 5th(-29.5)
LHP Brian Mazone 6-13, 3.87

Saturday, September 4, 2010
Coca-Cola Park – Allentown, PA

Radio: WWKB AM 1520,

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the second game of a two-game series from Coca-Cola Park (6:35 p.m.). The Herd is looking for the series sweep after last night’s 7-4 comeback victory. The Bisons’ three remaining games this season are on the road as the team will travel to Rochester on Sunday to face the Red Wings for a pair of games. Buffalo is 32-37 on the road this season.

vs. IRONPIGS: The Bisons have already won their season series with Lehigh Valley. Buffalo is 10-5 against the IronPigs with only one game left. That record includes a 5-2 mark at Coca-Cola Park. This is the first time Buffalo has won the season series against the three years of the IronPigs’ franchise.

COMEBACK KIDS: Last night’s victory was the Bisons’ 33rd comeback win of the season, 12 of which have come on the road. Last night’s four-run rally was the Herd’s third such comeback and first since beating Columbus 11-4 on August 5. In that game, Buffalo trailed 4-0 in the seventh inning.

BATTING RACE: The numbers are stacked against OF JESUS FELICIANO and his pursuit of an IL Batting Championship. Feliciano needs 30 plate appearances over the next three days to qualify. If he falls short, hitless at-bats can be added to his average. However, Feliciano’s .341 average in 87 games is already a point behind Gwinnett’s Barbaro Canizares (.342).

BISONS BITS: INF ZACH LUTZ hit his first Triple-A home run last night in just his second game with the Bisons. Lutz led Double-A Binghamton with 17 home runs in 61 games before his promotion…The Bisons have added INF JON MALO and RHP MANNY ALVAREZ to their roster. Both players were promoted from Double-A and both are making their third stint with the Bisons this season…C J.R. HOUSE has hit in 15 of his last 19 games with the Herd.

THE HONOR GOES TO…: On Thursday, the Bisons handed out their end of the season awards. OF LUCAS DUDA (.314, 17HR, 53RBI) was named the club’s MVP while LHP PAT MISCH (11-4, 3.23ERA, 99K) was named Most Valuable Pitcher. RHP DILLON GEE was given Comeback Player of the Year. He missed 98 games in 2009 and this year leads the IL with 165 strikeouts.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (66-69) lost to the Cubs on Friday afternoon, 7-6, from Wrigley Field. INF DAVID WRIGHT homered for the second straight game and was 3-5 with three RBI. Former Bisons INF LUIS HERNANDEZ hit his first Mets home run, as well. New York takes on the Cubs again today at 12:05 p.m.

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