News & Notes: Game 143

Buffalo Bisons
74-68, 3rd(-12.5)
RHP Fernando Nieve 2-1, 5.77

Rochester Red Wings
49-93, 6th(-37.5)
RHP Steve Hirschfeld (NR)

Sunday, September 5, 2010
Frontier Field – Rochester, NY

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

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Rochester Red Wings in the first game of a two-game series from Frontier Field (7:05 p.m.). This is the Herd’s final series of the 2010 season. Buffalo is coming off a two-game split with the IronPigs in Lehigh Valley to begin their season-ending roadtrip. The Bisons are 32-38 away from Coca-Cola Field this season.

vs. WINGS: The Bisons are 9-5 against the Red Wings this season, including a 4-2 mark at Frontier Field. It’s the first time since 2007 that the Bisons have won the season series. The Herd has made three trips to Rochester this year. Buffalo split two against the Red Wings, April 21-22 and July 10-11. In the Bisons last visit, July 19-20, the Herd swept two with wins of 6-2 and 1-0.

TONIGHT’S STARTER: RHP FERNANDO NIEVE will start for the Bisons tonight. The righty lost his last start by allowing five runs in six innings on August 31 against Syracuse. It was Nieve’s first loss in 11 career starts with the Bisons. The righty is 2-1 in seven starts with the Herd this season, with back-to-back victories on August 11 in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and August 16 in Pawtucket. Nieve has worked six innings in four of his last five starts.

ENDING STRONG: OF JESUS FELICIANO enters tonight’s game with a six-game hit streak. Feliciano has hit .346 (9-26) with two RBI and two runs scored. It looks like the outfielder is going to fall short in his pursuit of an IL Batting Championship. Feliciano would need 25 plate appearances over the next two days to qualify. His .340 average in 88 games would fall one point under Gwinnett’s Barbaro Canizares (.341).

EVANS ALMIGHTY: INF NICK EVANS has reached base in 34 of the 37 games he’s played with the Bisons with a .314 batting average and a .385 on-base percentage. Evans also has 21 extra-base hits in those 37 games with 14 doubles, one triple and six home runs. Combined with his 88 games with Double-A Binghamton, Evans now has 58 extra-base hits on the season, including 23 home runs.

GO NORTH: The Bisons are going to finish the 2010 season with a winning record in the IL North Division. Buffalo is 41-27 against the North. The only team the Herd doesn’t have a winning record against is Syracuse (6-10).

METS UPDATE: The Mets (66-70) lost to the Cubs on Saturday by a 5-3 score. Former Bisons INF IKE DAVIS hit his 16th home run of the season in the loss. He finished the game 2-4. OF CAROS BELTRAN went 3-4 with an RBI. New York takes on the Cubs again this afternoon with a 1:20 p.m. first pitch from Wrigley Field

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