News & Notes: Game 2
Buffalo Bisons (0-1, T4(-1.0), North)
RHP Jenrry Mejia (NR)
Syracuse Chiefs (1-0, T1, North)
LHP Ross Detwiler (NR)
Friday, April 8, 2011 (5:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet 13 / HD 713
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons face the Syracuse Chiefs for game two of a two-game set at Coca-Cola Field (5:05 p.m.). Yesterday, the Chiefs bested the Herd, 8-5, on Opening Day. After tonight’s game, Buffalo continues their six-game homestand with a four-game series with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
VS. CHIEFS: The Chiefs got on the board first in the season-series with the Bisons. Syracuse’s 8-5 victory over the Herd yesterday also continued Buffalo’s struggles at home against their rival. The Chiefs are now 18-7 at Coca-Cola Field since the start of the 2008 season.
OH, JENRRY: RHP JENRRY MEJIA makes his 2011 debut this evening. The 21-year old is the Mets #1 prospect by Baseball America after making the Mets Opening Day roster last season. Mejia did make one start for the Bisons last year, August 30 against Syracuse. In that game, Mejia struck out nine and allowed just one run in eight innings. However, he did not earn a decision as the Bisons lost 4-1 in 10 innings.
QUICK START: OF FERNANDO MARTINEZ got his season off on the right track. The 22-year old outfielder had four hits, including his first double of the year. It was Martinez’s first four-hit effort in 117 games with the Bisons. He also swung the bat well in spring with a .364 (8-22) average in 10 exhibition games with the Mets.
HOT TEJADA: INF RUBEN TEJADA also had a big day at the plate yesterday. The shortstop was 2-3 at the plate with a bases-loaded triple in the fifth inning. It was Tejada’s first triple as a Bison. Last season, he average .280 with one home run and 16RBI in 65 games with the Herd.
SAME OL’ O’C: LHP MIKE O’CONNOR picked up right where he left off last season. The southpaw tossed two scoreless innings yesterday with a pair of punchouts. O’Connor led all Bisons pitchers with 51 appearances last season and struck out 70 batters in 70.2 innings of work. Overall, O’Connor was 5-2 with a 2.67ERA and six saves with the Herd a season ago.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (3-3) were shut out by the Phillies by an 11-0 score yesterday. New York was limited to seven hits with INF JOSE REYES collecting a pair of them. Former Bisons LHP JON NIESE fell in defeat after allowing six runs in four innings. New York hosts Washington today for its Home Opener at Citi Field (4:10p.m.).