Sunday, July 10, 2011 (1:05 p.m.) – McCoy Stadium
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (38-52, 5th(-14.5), North)
RHP Dylan Owen (4-4, 4.25)
Pawtucket Red Sox (49-41, T2nd(-3.5), North)
RHP Matt Fox (4-3, 4.92)
TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Pawtucket Red Sox in the final of a two-game series at McCoy Stadium (1:05 p.m.). With a victory today, the Herd will earn its third two-game split of this roadtrip that also stopped at Syracuse and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Today’s game also concludes the first half of the 2011 season with the annual All-Star break starting Monday. Buffalo’s next game is Thursday night against Rochester.
VS. THE RED SOX: The Bisons are 2-5 against the Red Sox this season, including an 0-3 mark at McCoy Stadium. The PawSox swept a two-game set from Buffalo at home, April 16-17. The Herd has just one victory in its last six games in Rhode Island, dating back to last season.
DEALIN’ DYLAN: RHP DYLAN OWEN will look for his third straight win today. The righty has allowed just two runs in each of his last four starts, including two runs on only one hit in six innings to defeat Syracuse on July 5. Owen has posted a 3.42ERA in his 10 previous starts this season and currently ranks second on the Bisons club with 52 strikeouts.
NO REST: RHP CHRIS SCHWINDEN won’t get a break this week as the 24-year old rookie will represent the Bisons at the Triple-A All-Star Game in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. Schwinden leads the Bisons club in the pitching triple crown with six wins, a 3.07ERA and 81 strikeouts. His 3.07ERA also ranks as the 6th lowest in the International League. Schwinden is the fourth consecutive pitcher to serve as the Bisons All-Star, following LHP Rich Rundles (2008), RHP Nelson Figueroa (2009) and LHP Pat Misch (2010).
CATCHING ON: C RAUL CHAVEZ brings a six-game hit streak into tonight’s game. The veteran has averaged .400 (8-20) with two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored since June 29. Behind the dish, Chavez remains the top catcher in the IL by throwing out 48.9% of would-be base stealers (23 of 47). The next closest is Syracuse’s Jesus Flores at 40.5%.
BISONS BITS: Buffalo’s two hits in last night’s shutout loss was their fewest since getting blanked on one hit on June 8, 2010 in Durham (7-0 loss)…Schwinden is the fourth consecutive pitcher to serve as the Bisons All-Star, following LHP Rich Rundles (2008), RHP Nelson Figueroa (2009) and LHP Pat Misch (2010)…The Bisons are 2-3 in games after they’ve been shutout this season.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (46-44) lost to the Giants last night by a 3-1 score. New York had four doubles and no other hits on Saturday. Former Bisons INF DANIEL MURPHY drove home the Mets’ lone run. New York closes out its first half with an 8:05 p.m. first pitch in San Francisco. RHP MIKE PELFREY will start for the Mets.