News & Notes: Game 14, 15

Thursday, April 21, 2011 (Game 1 – 1:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet 13             
Radio: WWKB AM 1520,

Buffalo Bisons (4-9, 6th(-4.0), North)
G1: LHP Casey Fossum (0-1, 9.00)
G2: RHP Chris Schwinden (0-0, 1.80)

Rochester Red Wings (6-6, 4th(-1.5), North)
RHP Kyle Gibson (0-0, 5.63)
LHP Scott Diamond (0-0, 2.89)

TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Bisons host the Rochester Red Wings in the final two games of a four-game series from Coca-Cola Field (G1: 1:05 p.m.). The teams are playing two, seven-inning games today because yesterday’s contest was postponed due to rain and high winds. Tomorrow, the Bisons will welcome in Lehigh Valley for a four-game series against the IronPigs.

VS. RED WINGS: Today’s contests are the second doubleheader in three days against the rival Red Wings. With Monday’s series opener postponed due to snow, the teams played two on Tuesday with Rochester picking up the sweep. The Wings won 3-1 and 2-0. However, since the Bisons returned to the IL in 1998, the Herd has more wins against Rochester (115) than any other team.

CASEY ON THE MOUND: With yesterday’s rainout, LHP CASEY FOSSUM has gotten extra rest before his start today. The southpaw pitched on short rest in his last outing, April 15 in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Still, Fossum struck out six and yielded just two runs over 4.2 innings of work. On the year, Bisons’ starters have allowed just 54 hits in 66.2 innings of work this year, but together have just a 2-8 record.

DYNAMITE DEBUT: RHP CHRIS SCHWINDEN made a great impression in his first outing with the team. Called up from Double-A Binghamton on Saturday, Schwinden struck out nine Pawtucket batters in a five-inning no-decision to the PawSox. It was the most strikeouts the righty threw since he fanned 10 with Single-A St. Lucie on July 22, 2009.

ALWAY ON: OF KIRK NIEUWENHUIS has reached base safely in all 13 games this season. The outfielder also has the longest active hit streak on the Bisons club. He has hit in nine straight, with a .419 (13-31) average since April 11. Overall, Nieuwenhuis leads the Herd with a .349 average this season.

LEADING OFF: OF JASON PRIDIE hit his second lead-off home run of the season in game one of Tuesday’s doubleheader. Pridie also homered to lead off the team’s game on April 9 against Pawtucket. The outfielder has half of the Bisons six home runs this season and leads the team with six RBI.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (5-13) lost to the Astros 4-3 last night on Hunter Pence’s eighth-inning home run. Former Bisons LHP R.A. DICKEY worked eight innings but fell to 1-3 on the season. OF CARLOS BELTRAN had two doubles in the loss. New York hosts Houston again at Citi Field tonight at 7:10 p.m.

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