News & Notes: Game 29

Friday, May 6, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, WGR Sportsradio 550 AM, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (12-16, 5th(-5.0), North)
RHP Chris Schwinden (1-1, 2.57)

Louisville Bats (16-11, 2nd(-5.0), West)
RHP Chad Reineke (3-0, 2.10)

Buccaneers WR and Riverside, NY native MIKE WILLIAMS will throw out a ceremonial first pitch tonight at about 6:45pm.

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons host the Louisville Bats for the second game of a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd collected the 6-5 walk-off win over the Bats in the series opener on Thursday night. Tonight’s game is the second of an eight-game homestand as the Bisons will welcome in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, May 9-12.

VS. BATS: Last night, the Bisons won the first contest in their eight-game season series with the Bats. Buffalo has now won five of their last six games against Louisville at Coca-Cola Field. Since 1998, the Herd has a 33-20 (.623 winning pct.) against the Bats in downtown Buffalo.

CLUTCH HITTER: INF RUBEN TEJADA leads the Bisons with 17RBI. The shortstop has already surpassed the total (16) runs he drove in for the Herd in 65 games in 2010. Tejada is hitting .370 (10-27) with three doubles and a triple with runners in scoring position. That average even goes up to .375 (6-16) when there are runners in scoring position and two outs.

HEATING UP: With two more hits last night, OF JESUS FELICIANO has his average up to .270. Since the Bisons’ 2009 MVP returned from a stint at Double-A Binghamton on April 26, he has hit .321 (9-28) with two doubles and two RBI. Feliciano has the second-highest career batting average in the Bisons modern era with a .320 (278-868) mark in 233 games with the club.

SCHWING AND MISS: RHP CHRIS SCHWINDEN will look for his first win at Coca-Cola Field tonight. The 24-year old righty is 1-1 with a 2.57ERA in his first Triple-A starts. After beginning the year at Double-A Binghamton, Schwinden was promoted to Buffalo on April 16. In his only other start at Coca-Cola Field, he allowed just one run in five innings of a no-decision in the second game of a doubleheader on April 21 against Rochester (4H, 2BB, 3K).

CASEY ON THE MOUND: LHP CASEY FOSSUM has not allowed an earned run in his last 14.0 innings of work. The southpaw allowed an unearned tally in 6.1 innings of a start on April 21. Since then, Fossum has delivered 7.2 scoreless frames in his first three outings out of the Bisons bullpen.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (13-18) collected a 5-2 victory over the Giants yesterday afternoon. OF CARLOS BELTRAN belted his fifth home run of the season and INF JOSE REYES plated two more with his third triple. New York will now entertain the Dodgers as L.A. comes to Citi Field for a three-game series that starts tonight (7:10pm).

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