Posted by Mack Ade at 12:03 PM
TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Bisons face the Toledo Mud Hens in third game of a four-game series from Coca-Cola Field (1:05 p.m.). The Bisons have won the first two games of the set, 8-7 and 7-3. This series is part of an eight-game homestand as Buffalo will host Syracuse, May 31 - June 3.
vs. MUD HENS: The Bisons are 2-0 against the Mud Hens this season, thanks to their victories on Thursday and Friday. The club is now assured of at least a split of the home portion of their season series. Buffalo has lost just one series at home to Toledo (2003, 1-3) since returning to the IL.
HOME SWEET HOME: At 18-6, the Bisons have the best home record in the International League. Buffalo has won five consecutive games at Coca-Cola Field. The Herd has five series wins already at home and only one split, April 17-20 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (2-2). With 18 home wins, the Bisons are just 11 victories shy of their total for all of 2009 (29-43).
ROLLIN’ STONE: After starting 0-4, RHP TOBI STONER is 3-0 in his last four outings. Since the stretch began on May 8, Stoner has posted a 3.00ERA with 23 strikeouts in 24.0 innings of work. In his last time out, the righty struck out six in six innings of work to defeat Lehigh Valley on May 23.
HIT MACHINE: OF JESUS FELICIANO collected his second four-hit game of the season. His 4-5 performance last night was his 10th multi-hit effort in his last 18 games. Feliciano has surpassed INF MIKE HESSMAN for the team-lead with 57 hits on the season. Feliciano’s .380 average is now an astonishing 57 points higher than any other player in the International League.
HESS IS THE BEST: INF MIKE HESSMAN leads the International League with 16 home runs and 51RBI. After the first two months of the season, the slugger is on pace for 48 homers and 153RBI. Maybe even more impressive than his IL-best .665 slugging percentage is that Hessman is ranked tied for 9th in the IL with a .307 average.
BISONS BITS: Five Bisons players had multi-hit efforts in Friday’s 7-3 win...RHP DILLON GEE struck out a Bisons season-high nine last night...INF MIKE CERVENAK has averaged .333 (7-21) in his five games since being DL’d.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (25-24) saw their five-game win streak snapped in Milwaukee thanks to the Brewers’ 2-0 win last night. OF COREY HART hit a two-run walk-off home run off former Bisons’ RHP RYOTA IGARASHI for the win. LHP JOHAN SANTANA threw eight shutout innings in a no-decision and even had two hits. The Mets take on the Brewers at 7:10 p.m. tonight.