News & Notes: Game 115
Sunday, August 7, 2011 (1:05 p.m.) – McCoy Stadium
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (48-66, 5th(-16.5), North)
RHP Chris Schwinden (7-5, 3.59)
Pawtucket Red Sox (64-50, 2nd(-0.5), North)
RHP Kyle Weiland (8-7, 3.20)
TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Bisons take on the Pawtucket Red Sox in the final game of a four-game series at McCoy Stadium (1:05 p.m.). Trailing 2-1 in the series, the Bisons need a win today to split the four-game set. Buffalo is 4-3 on their season-long four-team, 10-game roadtrip. The roadtrip will conclude with a pair of games in Syracuse on Monday and Tuesday.
VS. THE RED SOX: The Bisons are facing the Red Sox for the final time in 2011 today. The Herd is just 4-11 against Pawtucket this season. Nine of the last 11 contests between the Bisons and the PawSox have been decided by three runs or less with six one-run games.
SCHWING AND MISS: RHP CHRIS SCHWINDEN will make his team-high 21st start this afternoon. The righty leads the Bisons with seven wins, 107 strikeouts and a 3.59ERA. His strikeout total is tied for the 5th most in the International League and is already the 9th-highest for a Bisons pitcher in the Modern era. RHP DILLON GEE set the single-season strikeout mark in 2010 with 165 strikeouts.
SMOOTH AS SATIN: INF JOSH SATIN brings a 13-game hit streak into today’s contest, over which he has averaged .412 (21-51). It’s the second longest active streak in the International League behind only Durham’s Leslie Anderson (18 games). Satin extended his hit streak last night with a double of Pawtucket’s LHP Royce Ring and now has nine hits in 11 at-bats against lefties since joining the Bisons (.818 average).
ROSTER MOVE: Yesterday, the Bisons welcomed back C MIKE NICKEAS from a stint with the Mets and INF ZACH LUTZ from the disabled list. Nickeas has hit .208 in 50 games with the Bisons this year and Lutz has averaged .314 in 39 games around three stints to the disabled list. To make roster room, C DUSTY RYAN was transferred to Double-A Binghamton.
BISONS BITS: INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI has 78RBI on the season, tied for the 2nd most in the International League…RHP CHRIS SCHWINDEN has struck out six or more in seven straight starts…Since returning from the DL, OF FERNANDO MARTINEZ has hit .304 (7-23) with four RBI in six games.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (56-56) beat the Braves, 11-7, in a slugfest from Citi Field last night. Former Bisons INF JUSTIN TURNER homered twice and drove in four runs for New York. Former Bisons RHP DILLON GEE gets the Ball today in the rubber-match with the Braves this afternoon at 1:10 p.m.