News & Notes: Game 118
Thursday, August 11, 2011 (1:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet 13
Buffalo Bisons (48-69, 5th(-18.0), North)
RHP Miguel Batista (1-0, 5.00)
Syracuse Chiefs (52-64, 4th(-13.5), North)
RHP Brad Meyers (4-4, 4.06)
TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Bisons host the Syracuse Chiefs for the second game of a two-game set at Coca-Cola Field (1:05 p.m.). The Herd needs a win today to avoid a two-game sweep as the Chiefs won 6-1 in the series opener last night. Buffalo has lost five games in a row since a 5-4 win in 10 innings last Thursday in Pawtucket.
VS. THE CHIEFS: The Bisons are 3-10 against Syracuse this year. The Herd’s loss last night eliminated them from the 2011 Thruway Series as the Chiefs can clinch the Cup with one more win or any Rochester loss this season. Syracuse already has two-game sweeps over the Herd on July 2-3 and August 8-9, both at Alliance Bank Stadium
ON THE BUMP: RHP MIGUEL BATISTA will make his sixth start of the season for the Herd. The veteran is 1-0 with a 3.06ERA in his last three starts with 19 strikeouts in only 17.2 innings of work. In his last start, he allowed three earned runs in six innings of a no-decision last Friday in Pawtucket. Since joining the Herd, Batista has limited right-handed hitters to a .167 (9-54) average with only three doubles and no home runs.
SPIN CONTROL: INF JORDANY VALDESPIN collected hits in each of his first two at-bats with the team. The 23-year old doubled and then singled to go 2-4 in his first ever Triple-A game. An Eastern League All-Star with Binghamton, Valdespin was promoted yesterday after hitting .297 with 15 home runs and 51RBI for the B-Mets.
CHART CLIMBER: OF JESUS FELICIANO had another single last night and has now hit in 21 of his last 25 games. A Bison for all three years of the Mets affiliation, Feliciano now has 355 hits in his Buffalo career, 5th-most in the modern era. The veteran is 23 hits behind Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Bill Selby (378) for the most in the modern era.
BISONS BITS: INF JOSH SATIN lost his 15-game hit streak last night. He had averaged .383 (23-60) over the streak…RHP BRIAN SWEENEY has posted a 2.89ERA in 10 outings since the All-Star Break (26.1IP, 20K)…If C MIKE NICKEAS had 11 more games at catcher this year, he (40%) and teammate C RAUL CHAVEZ (48.1%) would rank 1-2 in the IL in catcher proficiency.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (58-58) were defeated the Padres by a 9-5 score. INF RUBEN TEJADA had two doubles and C JOSH THOLE finished the night 4-5 at the plate. The Mets host the Padres for game four of their four-game set today at 1:10 p.m.