News & Notes: Game 79

Monday, June 27, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
TV: SNY, Time Warner Cable SportsNet 13 
Radio: WWKB AM 1520,

Buffalo Bisons (33-45, T4th(-12.0), North)
LHP Mark Cohoon (1-4, 8.39)

Norfolk Tides (29-47, 4th(-13.0), South)
RHP Rick VandenHurk (5-7, 4.65)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Norfolk Tides in the finale of a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Bisons have won the first three games of the series by scores of 4-2, 6-5 and 5-3. They look to capture their first four-game series sweep since late last season when they defeated the Columbus Clippers at home, August 5-10. Tomorrow night, the Herd will welcome in the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

VS. THE TIDES: Buffalo is now 5-2 against the Tides this season, having won the past four contests. The Bisons split a four-game series against the Tides last week in Norfolk. Buffalo is 15-7 in their last 22 games against the Tides and has owned the series since 1998. The Bisons are 29 games over .500 and own a .636 winning percentage over Norfolk in the last 13-plus seasons.

ON THE BUMP: LHP MARK COHOON makes his sixth start of the season for the Herd tonight. In his last start against Durham, Mark worked 4.2 innings and allowed three earned runs and a season-high 10 hits. The left-hander will be looking to earn his first victory at Coca-Cola Field. Cohoon’s last win came on the road May 30 against the Charlotte Knights (5.0IP, 5R, K).

PASCUCCI’S POWER: INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI hit a two-run homer in yesterday’s matinee, bringing his total to 10 on the season to go along with 49RBI. Pascucci is tied for sixth in the International League in RBI and is only six behind the league leader (CHA Dayan Viciedo, 55). Since May 10, the slugger is first in the IL with 44RBI. Pascucci is tied with OF LUCAS DUDA for the team lead with 10 home runs on the season.

EVANS ALMIGHTY: With another hit tonight, INF NICK EVANS can become only the 13th Bisons’ player in the modern era to record a 17 game hit streak.  Two other Bisons players have notched 16-game stretches this season, but failed to reach 17 (OF KIRK NIEUWENHUIS, INF MICHAEL FISHER). Evans’s 16-game stretch has been loud with 12 multi-hit games and a .492 (30-61) batting average. In the streak, Evans has 10 doubles, two homers, 13RBI and 13 runs scored. On the season, the slugger has 22 multi-hit performances, eight more than any other Bisons player.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (39-39) defeated Texas yesterday afternoon, 8-5. Former Bisons RHP DILLON GEE earned his team-high eighth victory of the season, allowing three runs over six innings. INF JOSE REYES had four hits and scored three times. The Mets have an off day today, before they travel to Comerica Park to take on the Detroit Tigers starting on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m.

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