News & Notes: Game 116
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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the first game of a four-game series from Coca-Cola Field (7:35p.m.). The Herd lost their last series against Rochester 3-2, with a loss yesterday in the rubber-match, 9-4. The Bisons have won five of their last eight games. After this four-game set, Buffalo travels to Syracuse for two games, 8/18-19.
vs. THE I-PIGS: The Herd is 2-5 against Lehigh Valley this season. The Bisons lost a three-game set in Lehigh Valley (2-1) from May 5-7 and a four-game set here at Coca-Cola Field, May 25-28 (3-1). Buffalo has gone 6-6 (.500) at home against the I-Pigs since their return to the IL in 1998.
THE REY TO BE: INF Argenis Reyes comes into tonight’s game with the Bisons third-longest hit streak on the season. Reyes has hit in 12 straight games since August 1, averaging .370 (20-54). The Bisons longest hit streak of the season came compliments of INF Javier Castillo, who hit in 16 straight from June 26 – July 12.
THE GREEN MACHINE: INF Andy Green continued his hot streak at the plate with another solid outing yesterday. Green went 2-4 with a run scored, a double, and an RBI. He currently has a six-game hit streak, in which he has gone 10-24 (.417) with two runs scored, and five RBI. Green has also proven to be very clutch with runners in scoring position for the Bisons this season going 7-23 (.304) with nine runs batted in.
CHIP AHOY: OF Chip Ambres has also been solid at the plate as of late. The outfielder went 1-3 with a double, two RBI, and a walk in yesterday’s game. In his last 13 games, Ambres has a .320 average (16-50), with nine runs scored, seven doubles and nine RBI. The veteran has raised his average 31 points going from a .209 to a .240 average during this stretch, 7/28-8/13.
VALDEZ FOR PREZ: INF Wilson Valdez has been on fire his last six games. The infielder had his fifth multi-hit game out of his last six games with a three-hit game yesterday. The only game he has failed to have a multi-hit performance in this streak came on August 8 when he only had one plate appearance. In this streak, Valdez has batted 10-21 (.476) with four runs scored.