News & Notes: Game 108

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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Columbus Clippers in the third game of a four-game series from Huntington Park (7:05 p.m.). The set is tied 1-1 as the Clippers took the opener 9-6 on Friday while the Herd was victorious last night, 4-3. Buffalo is just 1-5 so far on this eight-game roadtrip that concludes this weekend. On Monday, the Bisons host the Rochester Red Wings in a five-game in four-game series at Coca-Cola Field.

vs. THE CLIPPERS: The Bisons are 3-3 against Columbus thus far in 2009. The teams split a four-game series back at Coca-Cola Field, May 21-24, with Columbus taking the first two games and Buffalo winning the last two contests.

POWER SURGE: The Bisons hit three home runs in a game for only the second time all season. OF Chip Ambres, INF Mike Lamb and C Rene Rivera all went deep last night. The only other game the Herd accomplished the feat was on April 13 at home against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as OF Bobby Kielty, OF Fernando Martinez and DH Michel Abreu homered in a 6-5 loss to the Yankees. The Bisons have hit 56 home runs so far this season.

CATCHING FIRE: C Rene Rivera has had the power stroke working of late. The catcher has homered in three of the team’s last four games. Rivera went deep in back-to-back games on August 3 and 4 in Toledo and then again last night. He has four hits on this roadtrip, all for extra bases. Rivera has also scored a run in four straight games.

PETTYJOHN ON THE MOUND: LHP Adam Pettyjohn will start for the Bisons tonight. It’ll be his second start and third appearance since joining the Herd on July 27. He earned a win in three shutout innings of relief on July 29, but lost his start on Sunday in Toledo. Against the Mud Hens, Pettyjohn allowed five runs in six innings of work.

ROAD SWEET ROAD: INF/OF Nick Evans saw his road hit streak come to an end last night. Evans had hit in 14 straight games away from Coca-Cola Field, averaging .316 (18-57) with 10 extra-base hits (6 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs). It was the seventh-longest road streak in the IL this season.

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