News & Notes: Game

Monday, May 9, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520,

Buffalo Bisons (13-18, 5th(-5.0), North)
RHP Brian Sweeney (NR)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (17-12, 1st(+0.5), North)
RHP D.J. Mitchell (0-2, 2.82)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons host the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in the first game of a four-game series from Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd is coming off a four-game series split with the Louisville Bats were Buffalo won the first two games but dropped a pair over the weekend. The Bisons have now split the first five series they’ve played at Coca-Cola Field.

VS. YANKEES: The Bisons are 1-2 against the Yankees this season. The Herd lost a three-game set at PNC Field, April 13-15. Buffalo has struggled here at home against the IL North rival of late. The Bisons haven’t won a series at Coca-Cola Field over the Yanks since earning a three-game sweep, June 27-29, 2008. Since then, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is 13-6 in its last 19 games in Buffalo.

NEW STARTER: RHP BRIAN SWEENEY will make his Bisons debut tonight. The 36-year old was signed by the Mets on Friday after opening the season with independent Somerset. Sweeney was the Patriots’ Opening Day starter and earned the win with eight strikeouts over seven innings. Sweeney split the 2010 season between Seattle and Triple-A Tacoma after pitching for three seasons in Japan with the Nippon Ham Fighters.

NOTHING NEIU: OF KIRK NIEUWENHUIS has reached base in 30 of the Bisons 31 games. The outfielder sports a .420 on-base percentage that is the sixth-best in the International League. The only game he failed to reach base was an 0-4 performance on April 27 in Rochester that ended his 16-game hit streak. Nieuwenhuis is also tied for the most doubles in the IL with 12.

ROSTER MOVE: Just prior to yesterday’s game, the Mets selected the contract of LHP PAT MISCH. This is the southpaw’s second promotion to New York. In four total starts with the Herd this year, Misch is 0-2 with a 6.46ERA with 11 strikeouts in 23.2 innings of work.

BISONS BITS: RHP BRIAN SWEENEY will be the 10th different starting pitcher used by the Bisons this year in 32 games…INF LUIS HERNANDEZ has hit .353 (6-17) over a five-game hit streak….RHP CHRIS SCHWINDEN ranks fifth-best in the International League with a 2.00ERA.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (15-19) lost to the Dodgers by a 4-2 score yesterday. Former Bison C RONNY PAULINO has two more hits and an RBI to raise his season average to .474. INF JOSE REYES hit his N.L.-leading sixth triple in the loss. New York begins a six-game roadtrip with an 8:40 p.m. start in Colorado tonight.

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