News & Notes: Game 102
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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons face the Pawtucket Red Sox in the final game of a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field (7:35 p.m.). The Herd has taken the first three games of the series (2-1, 3-0, 4-1), and would collect their first four-game series sweep of the season with a win tonight. The Bisons have now won five of their last six games. After tonight’s series finale, Buffalo heads to Ohio for an eight-game trip in Toledo and Columbus.
vs. THE RED SOX: The Bisons are now 7-6 against Pawtucket this year. The Herd has won the last five games against the PawSox, having only allowed three total runs in this streak of wins. Buffalo swept a two-game set in Pawtucket, July 9-10 (3-1, 1-0) and leads 3-0 in this current four-game series. The Bisons have a .534 winning pct against the PawSox since 1998 (101-88).
THE HITS KEEP COMING: OF Jesus Feliciano enters tonight’s game on a seven-game hit streak, averaging .357 (10-28) since July 24. The outfielder has been great this month, with a .333 (34-102) average in 26 games. The Bisons slugger is 5th in the IL in batting (.312) and 4th in the league in total hits (109).
TOBI LIVE: RHP Tobi Stoner gets the start tonight. The Triple-A rookie was dominating his last time out. On Sunday in Indianapolis, Stoner allowed just one run on four hits in a season-high eight innings of work. The righty also fanned a season-high eight batters and did not issue a walk.
PITCHING STAFF ON A ROLL: The Bisons’ pitching staff has really excelled recently. The team has posted a stellar 1.62ERA in its last nine games, helping the team to a 6-3 record since July 22. Herd hurlers have allowed just 14 earned runs in their last 78.0 innings of work and now have the 5th lowest team ERA in the International League (3.71). The group has only walked nine batters while striking out 63 in the nine-game stretch.
McNAB’N VICTORIES: RHP Tim McNab enters today’s game with a 12.2 consecutive scoreless innings streak. The stretch is the longest on the year for a Bisons reliever. He also leads the bullpen with five wins, the fifth coming yesterday with 1.1 innings of relief. McNab is now 5-2 with an impressive 1.90ERA in 42.2 innings of work with the Bisons for the season.