News & Notes: Game 25

Sunday, May 1, 2011 (1:35 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Park
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (10-14, T4th(-4.5), North)
RHP Chris Schwinden (1-0, 1.15)

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (12-11, 3rd(-2.0), North)
RHP Eddie Bonine (1-3, 3.47)

TODAY’S GAME: Today, the Buffalo Bisons face the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the second game of a four-game from Coca-Cola Park (1:35 p.m.). The Herd lost 6-3 last night and is now 2-3 on their current eight-game roadtrip. The trip began with a four-game series split in Rochester. Following this series, the Bisons will return home to host their first non-divisional opponent of the year, the Louisville Bats from May 5-8.

VS. IRONPIGS: The Bisons are 2-3 against the IronPigs this year as the teams split a four-game set at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, April 22-25. Yesterday’s win by Lehigh Valley gave them the 27-26 lead in the all-time series against the Herd. The clubs had split the first 52 games evenly. The IronPigs are 15-10 defending their home ballpark against the Bisons.

SCHWING AND MISS: RHP CHRIS SCHWINDEN is coming off his first Triple-A victory. The righty pitched 5.2 shutout innings in Rochester on Tuesday to defeat the Red Wings. Schwinden has not allowed more than one run in each of his first three Triple-A starts and sports a 1.15ERA going into today. Schwinden has struck out 17 and allowed just 11 hits in his first 15.2 innings with the Bisons.

SLOW START: The Bisons closed out April with a 10-14 record. It’s the third time in the last four years the Herd has posted a losing record in the first month of the season, with the lone exception being last April (13-9). May has usually brought a turnaround as the Bisons have just four losing records since 1999 in the second month of the season.

BULLY FOR THE PEN: The bullpen was clearly the Bisons strength in April. Herd relievers posted a 2.73ERA with 80 strikeouts and only 72 hits allowed in 85.2 innings of work. The group also earned half (5) of Buffalo’s wins in April and converted four saves.

HIT MACHINE: OF JESUS FELICIANO takes a four-game hit streak into today’s contest. The outfielder has hit .429 (6-14) with two doubles and two RBI since April 27. Overall, Feliciano is hitting .259 in 10 games this year.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (11-16) lost their third straight game with a 2-1 defeat to the rival Phillies. Philadelphia RHP Roy Halladay threw a complete game for the win. Former Bisons LHP JON NIESE allowed just two runs in 6.1 innings but was the hard luck loser. New York takes on the Phillies again today at 8:00 p.m.

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