News & Notes: Game 126
Friday, August 19, 2011 (7:35 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, WGR Sportsradio 550, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (53-72, 5th(-18.0), North)
RHP Chris Schwinden (7-6, 3.76)
Toledo Mud Hens (60-67, 4th(-20.0), West)
LHP Fu-Te Ni (5-2, 3.35)
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons host the Toledo Mud Hens in the final game of a four-game set at Coca-Cola Field (7:35 p.m.). After opening the series with two straight wins against the Hens, the Herd lost last night and is now 5-4 on its current 10-game homestand. Tomorrow, the Bisons begin an eight-game trip to Ohio to face Columbus and Toledo.
VS. THE HENS: The Bisons are now 2-1 against Toledo. Buffalo has lost a home series against the Mud Hens just once since returning to the IL in 1998 (2003). Overall, the Herd is 30-25 against the Hens in Buffalo. The teams will play the Fifth Third Field portion of their season series, August 24-27.
SCHWING AND MISS: RHP CHRIS SCHWINDEN will make his team-high 23rd start of the season tonight. The righty leads the team with a 3.76ERA and 113 strikeouts. His strikeout total is tied with RHP Kyle Denney (2004) for the fifth most strikeouts in a single season in the Bisons modern era. Next on this list is RHP Randy Kramer, who fanned 120 in 1988.
TEUFEL SCUFFLE: Son, LHP SHAWN TUEFEL, got the better of father and Bisons manager TIM TEUFEL in last night’s 4-0 Toledo win. Shawn struck out a career-high seven batters in six scoreless innings. It was the first time father-son competed in the same game since August 21, 2001 when Ottawa’s Tim Raines and Rochester’s Tim Raines Jr. split a doubleheader in Ottawa.
SMOOTH AS: INF JOSH SATIN brings a six-game hit streak into tonight’s game. The Triple-A rookie has 10 hits in his last 21 at-bats (.476) and now has his average up to .350 in his first 26 games with Buffalo. Satin has already fashioned a 14-game hit streak in his limited time in Buffalo, posting a .400 average (22-55) from July 24 – August 8.
RUN STOPPER: C RAUL CHAVEZ has thrown out 29 of 57 would-be base stealers this year. His success rate of 50.9% is 12% greater than any other catcher in the league. The last International League catcher to finish the season with a better than 50% success rate was Louisville’s Corky Miller, who threw out 22 of 40 attempts in 2001.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (60-63) were off yesterday to get ready for a three-game home set against the Milwaukee Brewers. RHP MIKE PELFREY will get the start for the Mets looking to improve on his 6-9 record for the year. He will face the Brew Crew’s LHP Shaun Marcum. First pitch is 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.