News & Notes: Game 74

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Charlotte Knights in the third game of a four-game series from Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Knights took the first two games, 4-1 and 7-3. The Bisons need to win their next two games to earn a series split with Charlotte. 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 2-4 against the Knights this season. The two teams split a four-game series in Charlotte, June 19-22. The Bisons have outscored the Knights 27-25 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 seven of their last ten games (12 total 1st inning runs). Yesterday afternoon, Emil Brown provided the early tally with a hard-hit single to score Feliciano. Buffalo has scored 40 first inning runs this year, the most in any inning.

FELICIANO FEELIN’ IT: OF Jesus Feliciano added to his impressive hitting resume yesterday, as he recording his Bisons-leading 19th multi-hit game. Feliciano remains among the top hitters in the International League. The outfielder is now hitting .311 this year, 8th-best in the IL. Feliciano has hit safely in 25 of his last 31 games since May 23. During this stretch, he has averaged .365 (42-115) with eight doubles, 19 RBI and 20 runs scored.

WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU: OF Emil Brown had the hot bat yesterday. The outfielder went 3-4 including a powerful opposite-field homer, while batting in all three of the Bisons runs. Brown is hitting .290 with eight runs scored and 10RBI in 17 games since joining the Herd on May 30. Brown has a .444 (8-18) average and eight RBI with runners in scoring position.

BULLY FOR THE PEN: LHP Ken Takahashi pitched well in relief yesterday afternoon. The southpaw pitched 2.0 innings, allowing only one hit and striking out three. Since rejoining the Herd from the Mets on June 24, he has pitched 5.1 innings in relief allowing no earned runs, four hits, and striking out six in two appearances. On the season, Takahashi has an impressive 0.53ERA with only one earned run allowed and 15 strikeouts in eight appearances.

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