News & Notes: Game 99

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Pawtucket Red Sox in the first game of a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Herd is coming off a series split against the Indianapolis Indians. Following the conclusion of this series, the Bisons return to the road for a pair of four-game series at Toledo and Columbus.

vs. THE RED SOX: The Bisons are 4-6 against the Pawtucket Red Sox this year. The Herd swept the last series against the Red Sox in Pawtucket on July 9-10 with victories of 3-1 and 1-0. Last season Buffalo won 10 of 16 games against Pawtucket.

FIGGY ON THE MOUND: RHP Nelson Figueroa will start for the Herd tonight. The veteran saw his personal six-game win streak come to an end on Thursday in Louisville despite allowing just three runs in seven innings. On the season, Figueroa has thrown 13 quality starts, including a streak of nine consecutive heading into tonight. The righthander’s team-leading 2.42ERA is the 3rd lowest in the International League. He also leads the Bisons with 85 strikeouts, 104.0 innings pitched and 16 starts.

WELCOME PETTYJOHN: The Mets have signed LHP Adam Pettyjohn to a minor league contract and assigned him to the Bisons. Pettyjohn was 1-6 with a 4.68ERA in 18 games and six starts for the Louisville Bats before being released last week. In 2008, the southpaw went 15-6 with a 4.59ERA and 95 strikeouts in 28 starts for Louisville. His 15 wins led the all International League pitchers and tied a Louisville franchise record. last season.

HIT STREAKIN: INF/OF Nick Evans collected a hit in all eight games of the Bisons’ roadtrip. Since July 20, the slugger has averaged .281 (9-32). Six of the eight hits went for extra bases (4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run). Since returning to the Bisons on July 11, Evans has averaged .260 (13-50) with four doubles, a triple, a home run and four RBI.

THE HITS KEEP COMING: OF Jesus Feliciano hit .353 (12-34) over the Bisons eight-game roadtrip. He is now hitting .313 on the season, the 4th-highest average in the IL. His 106 total hits are 4th most in the IL as well.

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