News & Notes: Game 50
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TODAY’S GAME: This evening, the Buffalo Bisons face the Norfolk Tides in the first game of a four-game series at Harbor Park (7:05 p.m.). The Bisons are coming off a 3-1 series loss to Durham to begin this eight-game roadtrip. After Friday’s game, the Bisons will return home for an eight-game homestand against Indianapolis and Durham.
VS. TIDES: The Bisons split a four-game series with Norfolk back at Coca-Cola Field, May 8-11. It was a close fought series as the Tides only outscored the Bisons, 12-11. Buffalo has split their series against the Tides in Norfolk in each of the past three seasons.
FEELIN’ SULLY: OF Cory Sullivan is now on a nine-game hit streak after yesterday’s 2-4 performance. Sullivan has hit .457 (16-35) during his stretch to raise his average 64 points since May 21 (.202 – .266). He has six runs, three doubles, three RBI and five walks during his streak. Tonight, Sullivan can become the first Bisons player to reach a 10-game hit streak this season.
NEW YORK BOUND: The Mets announced today that they will activate INF Alex Cora before their game in Pittsburgh tonight. Cora hit .214 (3-14) in three games with the Bisons on a major league rehab assignment. Cora was placed on the DL on May 18th with a torn ligament in his right thumb.
BIG WILY STYLE: OF Wily Mo Pena homered yesterday as part of a two-hit game. The slugger is now riding an eight-game hit streak where he has averaged .344 (11-32) with a double, two home runs and four RBI.
DONE LIKE DESSENS: RHP Elmer Dessens has allowed just one run in his last 10 outings. Over his last 12.2 innings of work, he has struck out nine and allowed just three hits. He has converted his last five save opportunities.
UNHAPPY LIST: The Bisons have seven players on the disabled list: RHP Dillon Gee, INF Andy Green, INF Mark Kiger, OF Bobby Kielty, RHP Carlos Muniz, C Mike Nickeas and INF Argenis Reyes. On the year, the Bisons have already lost 147 man-games to injury. With RHP Lance Broadway’s appearance yesterday, the Bisons have now had 46 different players in 49 games.