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Bisons split with Toledo… and here comes Strasburg!

Two hard luck losses by the Bisons this weekend against the Toledo Mud Hens left the teams splitting the four game series, as the Bisons dropped a slugfest to Toledo, 8-7, before a sundrenched crowd at Coca Cola Field this afternoon.

Starter Dylan Owen got into trouble in the second inning, surrendering back to back solo home runs enroute to a 4-0 deficit. But Owen would settle down nicely and went five innings, not allowing any more runs.

The Bisons made it close twice in this game, including Mike Cervenak’s two run blast in the bottom of the fifth, but they could get the lead. A double play killed their chances in the 8th and the Bisons went down quietly in the 9th.

Jesus Feliciano went 5 for 5 in this game, and now is batting over .400 after a hot series against the Mud Hens. “It’s something special. I’ve been swinging the bat pretty good,” said Feliciano. “I have batted over .400 before including in the winter league in Puerto Rico.” When asked what it would be like, the hottest batter in the league possibly facing Stephen Strasburg, the pitcher everyone is talking about, Feliciano replied, “Actually I don’t think about that. I just take it one game at a time. We will play the first three games and see Thursday where we’re at.”

Manager Ken Oberkfell did admit though, that he would look forward to having his team face Strasburg. “I’d love to see him pitch. I’ve heard all the hype about him and it would be good to see him in person. We’ll worry about him if it comes to that point but right now we’ve got (Jonathon) Niese tomorrow against Syracuse and it’s a big game for us.”

The Bisons did learn after the game that Stephen Strasburg will indeed be in uniform when the Syracuse Chiefs come to town starting tomorrow. Strasburg will pitch Thursday’s game at Coca Cola Field (1:05PM start) and will throw for six innings or 95 pitches. It is expected that this will be his last AAA start before being called up to Washington. Judging from the packed houses in Syracuse and on the road wherever Strasburg has pitched, and the attendance of national media, Thursday’s game should be quite the show. The game will be televised on the cable network SNY and locally on Time Warner Channel 13.

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