News & Notes: Game 80
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet HD 713
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (34-45, T4th(-12.0), North)
RHP Jack Egbert (0-1, 6.23)
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (45-32, 1st, North)
LHP Ryan Feierabend (5-5, 6.24)
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the first game of a four-game series at Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.). The Bisons opened their season-long 10-game homestand with a four-game sweep of the Norfolk Tides. Buffalo won all four of the games by two or fewer runs. After their set with the IronPigs, the Bisons host the Chiefs for two games, July 2-3.
VS. THE IRONPIGS: Buffalo is 3-5 against the IronPigs this season. The clubs split a four-game series in Buffalo, April 22-25, and Lehigh Valley won three of four at Coca-Cola Park, April 30-May 3. Despite being outscored in the series, 39-32, the Bisons have hit .283 against IronPig pitching this season. Lehigh Valley hitters have just a .215 mark against the Herd.
ON THE BUMP: RHP JACK EGBERT will finally make his Coca-Cola Field debut tonight. The righty was claimed by the Mets off waivers (Chicago-AL) during the 2010 off-season but suffered an arm injury in spring training. All told, Egbert spent 191 games on the Bisons disabled list over the last season and a half. In his first Bisons start on Thursday in Durham, Egbert allowed three runs in 4.1 innings in a defeat to the Bulls.
EVANS ALMIGHTY: INF NICK EVANS stretched his hit streak to 17 games last night, the first Bisons player to reach that mark since 2007. Four years ago, outfielders FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ and BEN FRANCISCO each had 17-game stretches. In his streak, Evans has averaged .477 (31-65) with 10 doubles, two homers, 14RBI and 14 runs scored. Only four Bisons players have reached 20 games with a hit streak in the modern era.
ROSTER MOVE: INF ZACH LUTZ has been placed on the disabled list, retroactive to June 25, with a concussion. The slugger was hit in the head with a pitch on Friday night by Norfolk’s Steve Johnson. INF JON MALO has been called up from Double-A Binghamton to fill his spot. Malo has hit .154 (4-26) in 16 games with the Herd this year. Also, RHP JOSE DE LA TORRE has been transferred off the Bisons disabled list and to the Gulf Coast League Mets. The reliever has missed the last 37 games with a right shoulder strain.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (39-39) were off yesterday as they begin a three-game series at Comerica Park against the Tigers. In their last two games in Texas, New York scored 22 runs in a pair of wins over the Rangers. Tonight the Mets send former Bisons RHP R.A. DICKEY to the mound against the Tigers (7:05 p.m.).