News & Notes: Game 68

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TODAY’S GAME: This evening, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Gwinnett Braves in the first game of a four-game series from Gwinnett Stadium (7:00 p.m.). This is the first time the Herd will ever play the Braves in Gwinnett as the Atlanta Braves moved their Triple-A affiliate from Richmond, VA during the off-season. The Herd is coming off a four-game split against the Charlotte Knights. The Bisons will return home to Buffalo to face the Knights again at Coca-Cola Field, June 27-30.

vs. THE BRAVES: The Bisons and Braves split a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field from May 12-15. Prior to the Braves move to Gwinnett, Buffalo posted a 48-38 record against Richmond (.558 winning percentage). Dating back to last season, the Herd has now won five of their last seven games against the Atlanta Braves’ Triple-A affiliate.

ON BROADWAY: RHP Lance Broadway is coming off his best outing with the Herd. On June 16, Broadway threw six innings and allowed only three hits and one run in a 5-4 win against Syracuse. Tonight’s outing will be Broadway’s fourth start and fifth game since coming over to the Mets organization in a trade with the Chicago White Sox for C Ramon Castro (May 31).

IN LIKE A LAMB: INF Mike Lamb extended his hit streak to nine games yesterday. Since June 8, Lamb has averaged .412 (14-34) with two doubles, a triple, five RBI and five runs scored. The stretch includes a perfect 4-4 performance on June 16 in Syracuse.

ROSTER MOVES: The Mets promoted a trio of Bisons before their game last night against St. Louis. OF Fernando Martinez, LHP Pat Misch and RHP Elmer Dessens all joined New York. To make roster room, the Mets optioned LHP Ken Takahashi back to Buffalo. Takahashi began the season with the Herd and posted a 0.77ERA in six appearances (11.2IP, 9K). The Mets also designated INF Wilson Valdez for assignment and released INF/OF Wily Mo Pena and INF Javier Valentin.

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