4/30/10

Bisons Notes 4/30/10 - Durham at Buffalo (6:05 p.m.)

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From Press Release

Buffalo Bisons (12-9, 3rd(-1.0), North) vs. Durham Bulls (15-7, 1st(+5.0), South)

Friday, April 30, 2010 (6:05 p.m.) - Coca-Cola Field

LHP Pat Misch (1-0, 3.09) vs. RHP Aneury Rodriguez (2-0, 0.00)

Radio: WWKB AM 1520, http://www.bisons.com/

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons host the Durham Bulls in the final game of a four-game series from Coca-Cola Field (6:05 p.m.). The Herd is looking for the series win as they lead the Bulls two games to one. Buffalo is 6-3 at home this season while Durham has an 8-4 road record. Tomorrow, the Bisons will welcome in the Louisville Bats for the start of another four-game series.

vs. THE BULLS: Dating back to last season, the Bisons have now won five of their last seven games against Durham. In 2009, the Bisons won three of four from the Bulls in Buffalo and split the season series, 4-4. The Bisons haven’t lost a season series to the Bulls since 1999, with five season-series wins.

ALMOST PERFECT: RHP R.A. DICKEY retired a Bisons Modern Era-record 27 consecutive batters in last night’s 4-0 win. After a lead-off single to FERNANDO PEREZ in the first inning, the knuckleballer set down the next 27 Bulls’ batters. He needed just 90 pitches (68 strikes) in the second-fastest game in Coca-Cola Field history (1 hour, 45 minutes). He had just one three-ball count didn’t throw more than 13 pitches in any inning. The previous Bisons’ record for consecutive batters retired was 25, set by RHP BARTOLO COLON in Cola-Cola Field’s lone no-hitter, June 20, 1997 against New Orleans (4-0).

MORE R.A.: RHP R.A. DICKEY already has two complete games at Coca-Cola Field this year, having also gone the distance in an 8-2 win over Pawtucket on April 14. He’s only the second Bisons’ pitcher to post two complete games at home in one season in the last 13 years (JOHN HALAMA, 2008). Dickey has half of the International League’s four complete games this season. He has also pitched seven more innings (38.2) this year than any other IL pitcher. Dickey is tied for the team lead with three wins and 10th in the IL with a 2.33ERA.

HIT MACHINE: With two more hits last night, OF JESUS FELICIANO now has the International League’s top batting average at .389. Feliciano has hit in eight straight games, averaging .455 (15-33) since April 19.

HITTING HESSMAN: INF MIKE HESSMAN drove in his team-leading 20th run last night. He is 2nd in the IL with six home runs, tied for 2nd with 20RBI and 3rd with a .630 slugging percentage.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (13-9) begin a six-game roadtrip tonight with the first of a three-game series in Philadelphia (7:05 p.m.). New York leads the Phillies by a half a game in the NL East Division. The Mets are coming off a 9-1 homestand that included back-to-back sweeps of the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Former Bisons’ INF IKE DAVIS has averaged .355 (11-31) in his first 10 MLB games.

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