The Bisons play the second game of their four-game set tonight against Columbus in Coca-Cola Field and old reliable Omar Quintanilla will be starting at shortstop at Citi Field for the Mets against the Phillies. Quintanilla, who is manager Wally Backman's choice as Herd MVP thus far, had played in 48 of Buffalo's first 51 games (second on the club to Josh Satin's 49). He was batting .282 and was suprisingly second on the team to Valentino Pascuci in both home runs (6) and RBIs (27).
Quintanilla, who has big-league time with the Rockies and Rangers, and pitcher Chris Schwinden were both called up by the Mets late Monday afternoon. The Bisons have added reliever Jeff Stevens off the disabled list and shortstop Sean Kazmar from Double-A Binghamton, where he was hitting just .236 with one homer and nine RBIs. Kazmar has spent the last three years in Triple-A with Portland (San Diego) and Tacoma (Seattle) and played 19 games for the Padres in 2008.
Matt Harvey (5-1, 4.22) is on the mound for the Bisons tonight, looking for his sixth straight win. If he gets it, the Mets' top pitching prospect would rejoin Syracuse's Zach Duke in a tie for the IL victory lead (Duke improved to 6-2 today by pitching six innings in the Chiefs' 6-2 win at Louisville). The Bisons have had a six-game winning streak by a pitcher 10 times in their modern era, last by Nelson Figueroa in 2009. Harvey is 3-0, 3.62 in his five May starts with 27 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings.
In other transaction news, Mets catcher Josh Thole, on the road back from a concussion, is due to be here Wednesday and will serve as the DH. Thole will then catch Chris Young's start Thursday morning.
Here's the Bisons' lineup tonight:
Corey Wimberly, cf
Fred Lewis, lf
Valentino Pascucci, dh
Matt Tuiasosopo, rf
Josh Satin, 1b
Brad Emaus, 2b
Lucas May, c
Michael Fisher, 3b
Oswaldo Navarro, ss
Matt Harvey, p