News & Notes: Game 26
Monday, May 2, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Park
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (10-15, 5th(-5.5), North)
RHP Josh Stinson (1-2, 6.43)
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (13-11, T2nd(-2.0), North)
RHP Brian Bass (1-1, 4.26)
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the third game of a four-game from Coca-Cola Park (7:05 p.m.). The Herd trails 0-2 in the series following a pair of losses to the IronPigs over the weekend. The Bisons are also 2-4 on their eight-game roadtrip that began with a split of a four-game set in Rochester. After Wednesday’s off day, the Bisons will host the Louisville Bats at Coca-Cola Field.
VS. IRONPIGS: The Bisons are 2-4 against the IronPigs this year as the teams split a four-game set at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, April 22-25. Lehigh Valley has now won four of their last five games against Buffalo. The Bisons need a win tonight and tomorrow morning to split this four-game series.
FOUR FOR HITTING: OF KIRK NIEUWENHUIS collected the Bisons third four-hit performance yesterday. The other two are courtesy of INF RUBEN TEJADA on Tuesday in Rochester and OF FERNANDO MARTINEZ on Opening Day. Nieuwenhuis is now 10th in the International League with a .330 average and tied for second with a .438 on-base percentage.
ZIPPIDY DUDA: OF LUCAS DUDA has four multi-hit performances in the last week. The outfielder has hit .346 (9-26) since April 25 with three doubles, two home runs and four RBI. After hitting 17 with the club last year, Duda’s next home run will be his 20th career Bisons’ homer.
OH NO YOU DON’T: C RAUL CHAVEZ is the league’s top defensive catcher. He leads all IL backstops with 10 caught stealings and a 53% success rate throwing out base runners (nine stolen bases against). Yesterday, Chavez threw out two attempted steals and also picked off a runner at first base. At the plate, Chavez had two hits, including his first double of the season.
ROSTER MOVE: Yesterday, C MIKE NICKEAS was added to the roster and INF JONATHAN MALO was sent to Single-A Brooklyn. Nickeas was optioned by the Mets on Friday after hitting .250 (5-20) in eight games. The 27-year old hit his first career major league home run on April 21 off Houston’s LHP J.A. Happ. Malo was 0-2 in three games with the Herd.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (12-16) snapped their three-game slide with a 2-1 win over Philadelphia in 14 innings last night. Former Bisons C RONNY PAULINO doubled home the game-winning run as part of a five-hit night in his first start with New York. OFF tonight, the Mets will host the Giants on Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m.