News & Notes: Game 135
Sunday, August 28, 2011 (6:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet HD 713
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (58-76, 5th(-18.0), North)
LHP Pat Misch (7-9, 4.37)
Rochester Red Wings (50-86, 6th(-27.0), North)
RHP Deinys Suarez (0-2, 7.90)
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons host the Rochester Red Wings in the first game of a two-game series at Coca-Cola Field (6:05 p.m.). The Bisons have just four home games left in the 2011 season as they will also host Syracuse for two games, August 31-September 1. The Herd is coming off their Ohio roadtrip where it went 3-1 in Columbus and 1-3 in Toledo.
VS. THE WINGS: The Bisons are 8-6 against the Red Wings this season. The Herd has defeated Rochester in its last four games at Coca-Cola Field. The clubs last met August 1-2 when they split a two-game set at Frontier Field. The 2011 Thruway Series Cup has already been won by the Syracuse Chiefs.
DISCH ON MISCH: LHP PAT MISCH makes his 21st start of the season tonight. The southpaw is 4-4 at home this season with a 4.68ERA in 10 starts. Misch has worked into the seventh inning in each of his last three starts and despite a 1-2 record has posted a 3.27ERA in those outings. Misch is tied with RHP Chris Schwinden for the team lead with seven wins on the season.
SPIN CONTROL: INF JORDANY VALDESPIN was a perfect 3-3 with a walk in last night’s 3-2 win in Toledo. The Triple-A rookie returns home with a six-game hit streak over which he has averaged .458 (11-24) with four doubles, three RBI and three runs scored.
THE CLOSER: RHP DALE THAYER notched his 19th save of the season with a perfect 1-2-3 inning last night. Only four other pitchers have reached the 20-save plateau in the Bisons modern era. RHP Chris Nichting holds the single-season team record with 26 during the 2000 season. Thayer has saved 19 games in 24 chances for a 79% success rate.
BISONS BITS: OF JESUS FELICIANO collected his 367th Bisons hit to tie INF Brandon Phillip for 4th in the modern era. Feliciano is 11 shy of Bill Selby’s modern era record total of 378…INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI has 90RBI on the season to lead all International League hitters by two…Pascucci’s stolen base last night was his first since August 19, 2009 while with Triple-A Portland..LHP MIKE O’CONNOR is 3-0 with nine strikeouts and 10.1 scoreless innings against Rochester this season.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (63-68) will wait one more day for the effects of Hurricane Irene to leave the New York City area. The team postponed both Saturday’s and Sunday’s game in advance of the weekend. The club will host the Marlins tomorrow at 7:10 p.m.