News & Notes: Game 73
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TODAY’S GAME: Today, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Charlotte Knights in the second game of a four-game series from Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Knights took the opener last night with a 4-1 win. The Bisons are coming off an eight-game roadtrip where they went 4-4 and hit .305 as a team. After this series concludes on Tuesday, the Bisons will have an off day on Wednesday before hosting a two-game series against rival Rochester.
vs. THE KNIGHTS: The Bisons are 2-3 against the Knights this season. The two teams split a four-game series in Charlotte, June 19-22. The Bisons have outscored the Knights 24-18 in the season-series. The Bisons won the season series over Charlotte last season, 5-3.
SCORING EARLY: The Bisons scored in the 1st inning in six of their last nine games (11 total 1st inning runs). Last night, Chip Ambres provided the early tally with his second home run as a Bison. Buffalo has scored 39 first inning runs this year, the most in any inning.
FELICIANO FEELIN’ IT: Despite going 0-4 last night, OF Jesus Feliciano remains among the top hitters in the International League. Feliciano is hitting .308 this year, 9th-best in the IL. The outfielder has hit safely in 24 of his last 30 games since May 23. During this stretch, he has averaged .360 (40-111) with eight doubles, 19 RBI and 19 runs scored.
FELLIN’ SULLY: OF Cory Sullivan had another hit last night and has now averaged .412 (7-17) over a four-game hit streak. But Sullivan’s hot stretch at the plate goes beyond that. In the 31 games since May 22, Sullivan has averaged .360 (41-114). The stretch includes 13 multi-hit games and a pair of four-hit efforts. It has raised Sullivan’s season average 82 points from .202 to .284.
HITTIN’ HERD: The Bisons offense has been red hot of late. The Bisons pounded out 16 hits on Friday night to tie a season high they set on June 19 against the Knights. Buffalo hit .305 as a team and averaged 5.3 runs/game over their recent eight-game roadtrip. The Herd has come alive in the month of June, posting a .270 (217-805) team batting average in the month. That’s the 4th highest June average in the IL.