News & Notes: Game 5

Monday, April 11, 2011 (6:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons
(2-2, T2nd(-1.0), North)
LHP Casey Fossum (NR)

Pawtucket Red Sox
(2-2, T2nd(-1.0), North)
RHP Brandon Duckworth (NR)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons host the Pawtucket Red Sox in the third game of a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field (6:05 p.m.). The series is tied a game apiece after an 8-3 PawSox win on Saturday and a 2-1 victory by the Herd on Sunday. Buffalo is now 2-2 on its season-opening homestand that started with a split of a two-game series against the Syracuse Chiefs. Buffalo’s first roadtrip of 2011 will start on Wednesday in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

VS. RED SOX: With yesterday’s win, the Bisons evened the 2011 season series with Pawtucket at a game apiece. The Herd’s win was only its second in its last seven games hosting the PawSox at Coca-Cola Field. Since Buffalo’s return to the IL in 1998, the Bisons hold the 110-100 edge over Pawtucket.

RETURN HOME: Tonight, LHP CASEY FOSSUM returns to the Coca-Cola Field mound for the first time in nearly two years. The southpaw began the 2009 season with the Bisons, but pitched only two games before being promoted to New York. His only appearance at home that year was against Pawtucket almost two years ago to the day. On April 12, 2009, Fossum threw five shutout frames in a game the Bisons eventually won in 15 innings, 4-2.

BULLY FOR THE PEN: The Bisons bullpen allowed just one hit in 5.1 innings of work yesterday. RHP JOSE DE LA TORRE became the first IL pitcher to reach two wins this season as he fanned three in 1.2 innings. LHP MIKE O’CONNOR and RHP MANNY ALVAREZ combined for 2.1 more scoreless before RHP RYOTA IGARASHI earned the four-out save.

MVP RETURN: The Mets have optioned OF LUCAS DUDA to the Bisons. The 25-year old was the Herd’s 2010 MVP after hitting .314 with 17 home runs and 53RBI in only 70 games. Duda was also named New York’s Sterling Organizational Player of the Year last season.

ROSTER MOVES: RHP RYOTA IGARASHI has been promoted to the Mets after two scoreless outings with the Herd. The righty tossed two shutout innings on Friday night before earning the Bisons first save of the season on Sunday with a pair of strikeouts in 1.1 innings of work.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (4-5) lost 7-3 to the Nationals in 11 innings yesterday. New York led 3-1 after seven before Washington rallied for the win. RHP CHRIS YOUNG allowed just one run in seven innings but did not earn a decision. INF JOSE REYES had three hits in the loss. New York hosts the Rockies tonight at 7:10 p.m.

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