News & Notes: Game 9
Friday, April 15, 2011 (6:35 p.m.) – PNC Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (4-4, T3rd(-1.5), North)
LHP Casey Fossum (0-1, 14.54)
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (4-3, 2nd(-1.0), North)
RHP Adam Warren (0-0, 5.79)
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in the final game of a three-game set from PNC Field (6:35 p.m.). The series is tied 1-1 after the Bisons won 4-0 on Wednesday night and the Yanks collected a 6-2 victory on Thursday. Following tonight, the Herd will travel to Pawtucket for a two-game weekend series with the Red Sox.
VS. YANKEES: The season series between the Bisons and the Yankees is now tied at 1-1. With a victory tonight, the Herd can collect their first series win of the season. Buffalo is 8-4 in their last 12 games against the Yankees at PNC Field. Dating back to 2009, the Bisons and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre have split the last 30 games they’ve played each other, 15-15.
CASEY ON THE MOUND: LHP CASEY FOSSUM will look to bounce back in his second start with the club this season. Fossum allowed seven runs in 4.1 innings of work on Monday to Pawtucket in his 2011 Bisons debut. Fossum spent 2010 in Japan, but began the 2009 season with Buffalo. The southpaw posted a 0.82ERA in two starts before being promoted to the Mets.
HOT HITTER: INF ZACH LUTZ has picked up right where he left off last season with the Herd. The infielder received a September promotion to Buffalo in 2010 and drove in nine runs in his first five Triple-A games. Lutz takes a four-game hit streak into tonight’s game (.500, 7-14), three of which have been multi-hit performances. Overall, Lutz leads the Bisons with .333 average (9-27) and three doubles so far this year.
EVEN STEVEN: For the fifth time already this season, the Bisons will enter a game with a .500 record. The Herd has had records of 0-0, 1-1, 2-2, 3-3 and now 4-4 this year. Buffalo’s 4-0 victory over the Yankees on Wednesday was the only time this year they won the game to reach a winning record.
CAUGHT STEALING: C DUSTY RYAN showed last night that he can control a running game, as well. Ryan threw out two of the four Yankee would-be base stealers. C RAUL CHAVEZ has thrown out five of six, and as a team, the Bisons have thrown out 62% (8 of 13) attempted steals this season.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (4-9) lost both ends of a doubleheader to the Rockies yesterday afternoon by scores of 6-5 and 9-4. INF JOSE REYES and OF SCOTT HAIRSTON each homered in the first game while New York was held to just five hits in game two. The Mets are in Atlanta tonight to take on the rival Braves at 7:30 p.m.