News & Notes: Game 85

Sunday, July 3, 2011 (6:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet HD 713        
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (36-48, 5th(-13.0), North)
RHP Jack Egbert (0-2, 5.79)

Syracuse Chiefs (35-45, 4th(-12.0), North)
RHP Craig Stammen (7-3, 4.16)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons take on the Syracuse Chiefs in the second game of a two-game series at Coca-Cola Field (6:05 p.m.). The Bisons need a win today to split the series after the Chiefs won 6-5 last night. The Herd is 6-3 on this 10-game homestand than ends tonight. Buffalo’s seven remaining games before the All-Star break will be on the road.

VS. THE CHIEFS: The Bisons are 1-2 against the Chiefs. The teams split a two-game series in Buffalo, April 7-8; the first series of the 2011 season. Thirteen of the Bisons’ remaining 60 games this season are against Syracuse (21.7%).

TAKES THE BALL: RHP JACK EGBERT makes his third start with the Bisons tonight. The veteran righty missed 191 games on the club’s disabled list after needing ‘Tommy John’ surgery prior to the 2010 season. In his Coca-Cola Field debut on Wednesday, Egbert allowed three runs in five innings in a loss.

EVANS ALMIGHTY: INF NICK EVANS has 12 multi-hit performances in 17 games since returning to the Bisons from a month-long stint with the Mets. The infielder has hit .486 (17-35) in nine games this homestand and now has the minimum plate appearances for his .329 batting average to qualify as the 5th-best in the International League. Evans’ 26 multi-hit games are 12 more than any other Bisons hitter.

BPO NIGHT: Tonight is the Bisons 17th annual KeyBank Independence Eve Celebration with a post game concert by the Buffalo. The only time they hosted Syracuse on July 3 was during the 2004 season when the Herd rallied from seven runs down to win, 9-8. However, the Bisons have lost their last four Independence Eve Celebrations and are just 6-10 since the event began in 1995.

BISONS BITS: After tonight’s game, only 24 of the Bisons remaining 59 games are at Coca-Cola Field…The Bisons have lost two straight home contests in the game’ last at-bat after starting the year 5-0 at Coca-Cola Field in last at-bat games…A total of 300,065 have attended the team’s July 3rd event since 1995.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (41-42) were defeated 5-2 last night by the cross-town rival Yankees. Former Bisons RHP DILLON GEE lost his second straight after allowing four runs in seven innings. OF LUCAS DUDA finished the game 2-4 with a double and an RBI. The Mets host the Yankees for the series final at today at 1:10 p.m.

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