News & Notes: Game 144

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Buffalo Bisons
75-68, 3rd(-11.5)
RHP Josh Stinson 1-2, 3.32

Rochester Red Wings
49-94, 6th(-37.5)
RHP Anthony Swarzak 5-11, 6.07

Monday, September 6, 2010
Frontier Field – Rochester, NY

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

TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Bisons close out the 2010 season with the second game of a two-game series with the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field (1:05 p.m.). At 75-68, the Herd failed to reach the post season this year. However, the Bisons will finish the year with a winning record.

SOLID SEASON: At 75-68 heading into today, the Bisons will finish the season with a winning record for the first time since 2007 (75-67). A 76th win today would give the Herd their highest win total since going 82-62 during the 2005 campaign. A win today would also give the Bisons 20 more victories than a season ago when they finished 56-87. This year, Buffalo went 42-30 at home, their best record at Coca-Cola Field since going 43-29 during the 2006 season.

vs. THE BEST: The Bisons were a combined 22-18 against the four teams that did qualify for this year’s playoffs. Buffalo was 6-2 against Columbus and 5-3 against Louisville. The Herd split their season series with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 8-8 and lost the head-to-head with Durham, 5-3.

GOLLY GEE: The comeback is officially complete for the Bisons 2010 Comeback Player of the Year. The Mets announced yesterday that RHP DILLON GEE will make his big league debut for New York on Tuesday against the Nationals. After missing 98 games last season with a shoulder injury, Gee led all of Triple-A baseball with 165 strikeouts (a Bisons single-season record) in 28 starts with the Herd. Gee was also second in the IL with 13 wins.

MAJOR CALL-UPS: Along with Gee, the Mets announced that they have recalled LHP RAUL VALDEZ, RHP SEAN GREEN and OF JESUS FELICIANO. Green returns to the Mets for the first time since being placed on the disabled list on April 11. New York recalled INF NICK EVANS before yesterday’s game and C MIKE NICKEAS on Thursday. OF LUCAS DUDA and RHP JENRRY MEJIA were promoted when the rosters expanded on September 1.

HOMERING HERD: With three home runs last night, the Bisons now have 150 blasts on the season. That total is the second most in the International League, trailing only Louisville (158). Seven different Bisons have 10 or more home runs, a total that only INF NICK EVANS reached in 2009. The 150 home runs are the most Buffalo has hit since they smashed 179 in 2005.

LOVE FOR LUTZ: In just four Triple-A games, INF ZACH LUTZ now has four extra-base hits and six RBI. His two-run double in the 10th inning last night was the Herd’s only hit in 14 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

METS UPDATE: A host of former Bisons helped the Mets (67-70) beat the Cubs, 18-5 on Sunday. INF IKE DAVIS homered for the second straight day as part of a four-hit performance. INF RUBEN TEJADA hit his first big league home run and drove in five. On the mound, LHP JON NIESE improved to 9-7 on the year with six innings of work. The Mets are now in Washington for a 1:05 p.m. game on Monday.

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