News & Notes: Game 70

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TODAY’S GAME: This evening, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Gwinnett Braves in the third game of a four-game series from Gwinnett Stadium (7:00 p.m.). The Herd needs to win today if they hope to earn a split of the set as the G-Braves took the first two games, 5-4 and 7-3. Buffalo is currently 2-4 on this eight-game roadtrip that will wrap up on Friday. The Bisons will return home to face the Charlotte Knights at Coca-Cola Field, June 27-30.

vs. THE BRAVES: The Bisons are 2-4 against the Gwinnett Braves so far this season. The two teams 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).

NIESE ON A ROLL: LHP Jonathon Niese will take an 18.1 consecutive scoreless innings streak into tonight’s game. After allowing a pair of runs on June 7 against Indy, the southpaw has given the Herd back-to-back scoreless performances. He allowed just two hits in 7.1 innings to beat Durham on June 12. Last Saturday, he shutout Charlotte over seven innings of work. During the streak his ERA has dropped by 2.5 runs a game, from 8.05 to 5.55. Niese has allowed just five walks while striking out 19 batters in his last three games.

REYES ON THE MOVE: The New York Mets have selected the contract of INF Argenis Reyes. With Buffalo, Reyes hit .296 with 19 runs scored, eight doubles, two triples, one home run, 13RBI, and nine stolen bases in 45 games. Reyes had a 10-game hitting streak from May 19 to June 15. He missed two weeks during that time due to a groin contusion.

IN LIKE A LAMB: INF Mike Lamb extended his hit streak to 11 games yesterday. Since June 8, Lamb has averaged .415 (17-41) with three doubles, a triple, seven RBI and five runs scored. He is the second Bisons batter to reach the 11-game plateau with a hit streak this year. INF/OF Wily Mo Pena had a 13-game stretch from May 25-June 7.

NOT FAR BEHIND: INF Michel Abreu is on a personal best eight-game hit streak. Since June 15, Abreu has averaged .296 (8-27) with two doubles, two RBI and five runs scored.

MEET THE METS: The Mets (36-34) crushed St. Louis last night 11-0. Former Bison Nick Evans homered and drove in two. David Wright was impressive with four hits in four at bats while scoring three runs. Argenis Reyes saw his first action this season with the Mets, getting a hit in his only at-bat. Another former Bison, Fernando Nieve, picked up the win with five strikeouts in six shutout innings.

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