News & Notes: Game 71
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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Gwinnett Braves in the final game of a four-game series from Gwinnett Stadium (7:00 p.m.). The Herd needs to win tonight to earn a split of the set as the G-Braves took the first two games (5-4 and 7-3) and the Bisons won yesterday, 5-1. Buffalo is currently 3-4 on this eight-game roadtrip that wraps up tonight. The Bisons will return home to face the Charlotte Knights at Coca-Cola Field, June 27-30.
vs. THE BRAVES: The Bisons are 3-4 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).
FELICIANO FEELIN’ IT: OF Jesus Feliciano has been the Bisons most consistent hitter all season and had his team-leading 18th multi-hit game last night. Feliciano has hit safely in 23 of his last 28 games since May 23. During this stretch, he has averaged .379 (39-103) with seven doubles, 17 RBI and 19 runs scored. The solid month stretch has raised Feliciano’s average 54 points to .314, which is currently 8th best in the International League.
FITTING IN FINE: INF Luis Rivera has been impressive both in the field and with the bat since joining the Herd on June 3rd from Binghamton. Last night, Rivera was perfect at the plate going 3-3 with two walks. With Buffalo, Rivera is hitting .327 with six runs scored and four RBI through 17 games.
BULLY IN THE PEN: RHP Tim McNab pitched two more scoreless innings in relief last night. Over his last nine appearances, McNab has pitched 11.1 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. McNab has an impressive 1.29ERA, which leads the Bisons staff among pitchers with at least 20.0 innings of work this year.
NIESE ON A ROLL: LHP Jonathon Niese saw his impressive 24.1 consecutive scoreless innings streak end in the 7th inning of last night’s game. Still, Niese collected his third consecutive victory as he allowed just one run in six innings of work. In his last four starts, the southpaw is 3-1 with a 1.03ERA. He has struck out 25 and allowed just 20 hits in his last 26.1 innings of work.