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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons host the Syracuse Chiefs in the second double-header of a four-game in two-day series from Coca-Cola Field (Game 1: 6:35 p.m.). The Bisons split the first pair of games yesterday, losing game 1, 3-0, and winning game 2, 2-0. After tonight’s games, the Herd visits Scranton/Wilkes-Barre August 23-25 for the start of a nine-game roadtrip.
vs. THE CHIEFS: The Bisons are just 3-11 against Syracuse this year. The Chiefs have three series sweeps of the Herd: April 17-19 (3G), April 24-27 (4G) and August 18-19 (2G). The Bisons collected a 2-1 series victory at Alliance Bank Stadium from June 15-16 (DH on June 15).
TONIGHT’S STARTERS: RHP Tobi Stoner will take the mound for the Bisons in Game 1, and RHP Tim McNab will start Game 2 of tonight’s doubleheader. Stoner is coming off one of his best starts of the year. The righty only allowed four hits in 6.0 shutout innings of work against Lehigh Valley on August 16. McNab only has one start on the season -May 15 vs Gwinnett- in which he allowed two runs while striking out two in 3.1 innings of work.
QUICK WORK: LHP Ken Takahashi collected his first North American win in record fashion yesterday. The southpaw threw a complete-game shutout, allowing just three hits while striking out six Chiefs’ batters. The win took just one hour and 21 minutes, the shortest game in the Bisons Modern Era. The previous shortest was 3-1 win over Denver in one hour and 22 minutes on May 17, 1992. Takahashi needed just 71 pitches to complete his gem.
BIG BAT: INF/OF Nick Evans is hitting .295 (23-78) in 21 games in August. Twelve of his 23 total hits have gone for extra-bases as Evans has six doubles, two triples and four home runs to go along with 14RBI this month. He has a .577 slugging percentage in August. Going back to July, 19 of Evans’ last 38 hits have gone for extra-bases (10 doubles, 3 triples, 6 home runs).
DUBOIS MAKES NOISE: OF Jason Dubois had a stellar performance for the Herd at the plate in Game 2 of the double-header yesterday. The veteran went 2-2 while tattooing his second homerun in his return stint with the Bisons. Dubois homered 22 times for the Herd during the 2006 campaign.