News & Notes: Game 108

Saturday, July 30, 2011 (6:35 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Park
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (44-63, 5th(-18.0), North)
RHP Miguel Batista (0-0, 6.46)

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (62-45, 1st(+2.0), North)
RHP Nate Bump (3-6, 5.42)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the first game of a two-game series from Coca-Cola Park (6:35 p.m.). Tonight’s contest starts a season-long 10-game roadtrip that also stops in Rochester, Pawtucket and Syracuse. The Herd is coming off a 2-6 homestand with series losses to the Red Sox and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

VS. THE I-PIGS: The Bisons are 5-7 in 12 games against the IronPigs this season. The teams split both four-game sets in Buffalo, but Lehigh Valley won three of four over the Herd at Coca-Cola Park, April 30 – May 3. Last season, the Bisons were 5-3 in their eight total games in Lehigh Valley.

ON THE HILL: RHP MIGUEL BATISTA will make his fourth start and sixth appearance for the Bisons tonight. The veteran is coming off his best start of the season as he struck out nine in six innings on July 25 against Pawtucket. Batista did not earn a decision after allowing just two runs on three hits. Right-handed batters have just a .161 (5-31) average against Batista.

ROSTER MOVE: OF FERNANDO MARTINEZ has been activated off the disabled list after missing 14 games with a left hip flexor strain. Martinez has played 51 games for the Bisons this season and has averaged .254 (45-177) with seven home runs and 25RBI. OF JASON BOTTS has also been placed on the disabled list.

SMOOTH AS SATIN: INF JOSH SATIN has hit in six straight games and seven of eight in his first stint at Triple-A. The 26-year old has also scored a run in six straight games and is hitting .355 (11-31) with a home run and five RBI overall. Combined with his 94 games at Double-A this season, Satin is now hitting .328 (121-369) with 50 extra-base hits.

Mr. VP: INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI leads the International League with 72RBI on the season and ranks in top 5 in slugging percentage (2nd, .508) and on-base percentage (4th, .385). The slugger enters tonight’s game on a 10-game hit streak over which he has averaged .342 (13-38). Since the All-Star break, Pascucci has hit in 14 of 16 games with six doubles, six home runs and 22 runs driven in.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (55-51) collected their major-league best 33rd road win yesterday thanks to an 8-5 win in Washington. Former Bisons RHP DILLON GEE earned his 10th win of the season by allowing just two earned runs in 6.2 innings of work. The Mets send R.A. Dickey to the mound against the Nationals tonight at 7:05 p.m.

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