News & Notes: Game 22
Thursday, April 28, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Frontier Field
TV: Time Warner Cable Channel 87
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (9-12, T4th(-5.5), North)
LHP Pat Misch (0-1, 5.68)
Rochester Red Wings (8-11, T4th(-5.5), North)
RHP Andy Baldwin (1-2, 8.27)
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Rochester Red Wings in the third game of a four-game series from Frontier Field (7:05 p.m.). The series is tied 1-1 following Buffalo’s 5-0 win on Tuesday and the Red Wings 3-2 victory yesterday. Following Friday’s game, the Herd will travel to Lehigh Valley for a four-game set starting April 30.
VS. RED WINGS: The Bisons are 3-3 against the Red Wings this season. The teams split a four-game set at Coca-Cola Field, April 19-21. Dating back to last season, the Bisons are 7-3 in their last 10 games at Frontier Field. Tonight’s starter, LHP PAT MISCH is 1-0 with a 4.82ERA and 15 strikeouts in 18.2 innings in three career starts against the Red Wings.
DISCH ON MISCH: LHP PAT MISCH is in search of his first win this season. The southpaw is 0-1 with a 5.68ERA in two starts for the Herd this season. Last year, Misch won 11 games with the Bisons, the most wins for a lefty in the International League. Overall, Misch was 11-4 with a 3.23ERA in 23 starts for Buffalo as their Most Valuable Pitcher.
ZIPPIDY DUDA: OF LUCAS DUDA clubbed his first home run of the season yesterday. The slugger is starting to heat up with five hits and three extra-base hits in his last three games. The Bisons 2010 Most Valuable Player, Duda had 23 doubles, two triples and 17 home runs in only 70 games with the Herd last year. That was good for a .610 slugging percentage.
SOMETHING NIEU: OF KIRK NIEUWENHUIS saw his 16-game hit streak come to an end yesterday. From April 11-26, the outfielder hit .382 (21-55) with eight doubles, three home runs and five RBI. Nieuwenhuis also failed to reach base for the first time this year. Dating back to last season, he had reached base in 28 straight Triple-A games
BISONS BITS: The Mets plan is to activate C RONNY PAULINO tomorrow from his major league injury rehab assignment…INF LUIS HERNANDEZ and INF RUBEN TEJADA both lost their respective six-game hit streaks in yesterday’s loss…Last night, LHP CASEY FOSSUM threw two shutout innings in his first relief outing with the Bisons this season.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (11-13) won their sixth straight game with a 6-3 win in Washington last night. New York scored four in the ninth inning to beat the Nationals. Former Bisons INF DANIEL MURPHY had a pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning and a two-run double in the ninth. Mets look for the sweep tonight at 7:05 p.m.