News & Notes: Game 44

Saturday, May 21, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520,

Buffalo Bisons (18-25, T5th(-8.0), North)
RHP Chris Schwinden (3-1, 1.82)

Charlotte Knights (19-21, 3rd(-4.5), South)
RHP Freddy Dolsi (2-3, 8.17)

FOR THE FANS: Since record temperatures were NOT reached in Buffalo today, the Bisons will offer all fans a $7.00 TICKET and a FREE Hot Dog/Drink at tonight’s game.

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Charlotte Knights in the first game of a four-game series from Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). Today’s game opens up an eight-game in nine-day homestand for the Herd as they will also welcome in the Gwinnett Braves, May 26-29. The Bisons are coming off a 3-5 roadtrip and a 3-2 loss to the Indianapolis Indians on Friday night.

SCHWING AND MISS: RHP CHRIS SCHWINDEN will make his team-high eighth start of the year tonight. The Triple-A rookie has stormed onto the scene with the second-lowest ERA in the International League at 1.82. He has allowed one run or less in five of his seven starts, including none in a season-high seven innings in his last outing, May 16 in Louisville. Opponents are hitting just .184 with one home run in 141 at bats against Schwinden this year.

VS. THE KNIGHTS: Today’s game is the Bisons’ first against Charlotte this season. It’s also the Herd’s first match up against a team from the IL South Division. Last year, the teams split their eight-game season series with each club winning three games in their home ballpark.

GONE FISHIN’: INF MICHAEL FISHER has posted four consecutive multi-hit games as part of his five-game hit streak. The 26-year old is hitting .433 (13-30) with a home run and five RBI in his first eight games since being promoted from Double-A Binghamton on May 12. In his short time, Fisher has posted a .800 (4-5) average with runners in scoring position.

YOUR NEW HOME: The Herd’s active roster features four players who have yet to play at Coca-Cola Field with the Bisons. OF JASON BOTTS was signed yesterday out of the independent Atlantic League and INF CHIN-LUNG HU joined the club Friday after beginning the season with New York. INF LUIS FIGUEROA was signed and OF BUBBA BELL was acquired in a trade with Cleveland on May 13 -the first day of the Herd’s most recent roadtrip.

BISONS BITS: The Bisons are the only team in the International League that has yet to allow a passed ball…RHP DALE THAYER has not allowed a run over his last 8.2 innings of work over eight appearances…C CHARLIE ‘DOCK’ DOYLE joined the Bisons on Friday from extended spring training.

METS UPDATE: The Mets opened the 2011 Subway Series with a 2-1 win over the Yankees. Former Bison RHP R.A. DICKEY allowed just one run in six innings for the win. Former Bisons INF DANIEL MURPHY snapped the 1-1 tie with a home run in the sixth inning. The Mets take on the Yankees again today at 7:10 p.m.

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