News & Notes: Game 71
Sunday, June 19, 2011 (1:15 p.m.) – Harbor Park
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (28-42, 6th(-14.0), North)
Norfolk Tides (27-41, 4th(-10.0), South)
TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Bisons take on the Norfolk Tides in the final game of a four-game series from Harbor Park (1:15 p.m.). Trailing 2-1 in the series, the Herd needs a win today to earn a split of the four-game set. The roadtrip continues for Buffalo tomorrow as the Bisons will travel to Durham Bulls Athletic Park for a four-game series with the Bulls.
VS. THE TIDES: The Bisons are 1-2 against the Tides this year and are in danger of losing their first series at Norfolk since 2004. The Herd lost three of five games in an extended series, May 29 – June 1, 2004 (rainout in Buffalo). That is the only series the Bisons have ever lost at Harbor Park. The Herd has eight series wins (two sweeps) and four splits in Norfolk since 1998.
GONE FISHIN’: INF MICHAEL FISHER now owns the second-longest hit streak for a Bison this year. Since June 6, Fisher has hit in 12 straight games, averaging .292 (14-48) with three doubles, five RBI and nine runs scored. It’s the longest active streak in the International League and only four games shorter than OF KIRK NIEUWENHUIS’S team-high 16-game stretch in April.
IN THE WATER: OF JESUS FELICIANO continues to enjoy Tides’ pitching. In 16 career games against Norfolk, the veteran has averaged .368 (25-68) with 10 runs scored and 11RBI. Feliciano had three hits last night and will bring a six-game hit streak into today’s action. Since June 9, Feliciano has averaged .333 (8-24) with a double and a run scored.
EVANS ALMIGHTY: INF/OF NICK EVANS extended his hit streak to eight games last night. Evans has averaged .433 (13-30) during a streak that began in May before a month-long promotion to the Mets.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (35-36) defeated the Angles, 6-1, last night from Citi Field. RHP MIKE PELFREY pitched a complete game, allowing just one run on five hits with five strikeouts. OF CARLOS BELTRAN homered and drove in three. The Mets host the Angles for the rubber-match of their three-game set today at 1:10 p.m.