News & Notes: Game 27

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 (10:35 a.m.) – Coca-Cola Park
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (11-15, T4th(-5.5), North)
LHP Pat Misch (0-2, 7.64)

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (13-12, 3rd(-3.0), North)
LHP Ryan Feierabend (0-2, 9.72)

TODAY’S GAME: This morning, the Buffalo Bisons face the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the final game of a four-game from Coca-Cola Park (10:35 a.m.). Trailing 1-2 in the set, the Herd needs a win today to earn a split of the four-game series as well as of its eight-game roadtrip. Tomorrow is the Bisons first off day of the 2011 season.

VS. IRONPIGS: The Bisons are 3-4 against the IronPigs this year as the teams split a four-game set at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, April 22-25. With a win today, the Bisons can also even up the all-time series record. Lehigh Valley holds the 28-27 advantage over the Herd since the I-Pigs debut in 2008.

ZIPPIDY DUDA: OF LUCAS DUDA has five multi-hit performances in the last eight games. The outfielder has hit an even .400 (12-30) since April 25 with three doubles, three home runs and seven RBI. Duda has hit .340 (18-53) with two home runs and 11RBI in 14 career games against the IronPigs.

BACK AT IT: OF KIRK NIEUWENHUIS had a 16-game hit streak from April 11-26, the longest stretch in the IL this season. After a couple of hitless games, the outfielder is back at it. Nieuwenhuis enters today’s game with a four-game streak over which he has averaged .389 (7-18). Nieuwenhuis has reached base in all but one game this year and sports a .436 on-base percentage.

THE TOUGH WAY: C SALOMON MANRIQUEZ has fashioned a four-game hit streak around just one start. Manriquez is four for his last six in a stretch that included a pair of pinch-hit singles and a single in last night’s game after he came on as a defensive replacement. Manriquez has hit .400 (6-15) with a home run and an RBI in nine games this year.

TOUGH LOSS: The Bisons learned just prior to last night’s game that RHP JENRRY MEJIA has a complete MCL tear in his right elbow. Mejia left his last start on April 29 in Rochester after just four innings of work. The Mets #1 prospect by Baseball America was 1-2 with a 2.86ERA in five starts with the Bisons this season. With the roster room, INF JONATHAN MALO has been promoted from Single-A Brooklyn

METS UPDATE: The Mets (12-16) were off on Monday night. New York will open a six-game homestand tonight with the first game of a three-game set against San Francisco (7:10 p.m.). Former Bisons RHP R.A. DICKEY will start for the Mets. The knuckleballer is 1-3 with a 3.82ERA in five starts for New York.

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