News & Notes: Game 89
Thursday, July 7, 2011 (7:05 p.m.) – PNC Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (38-50, 5th(-13.0), North)
LHP Mark Cohoon (2-4, 6.81)
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (45-40, 3rd(-4.5), North)
RHP Ivan Nova (NR)
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in the middle game of a three-game series at PNC Field (7:05 p.m.). The Bisons are now 2-1 on their seven day roadtrip that will lead them right to this season’s All-Star break. The Herd is coming off of a 7-5 win over the Yankees last night and have won two straight games.
VS. THE YANKS: The Bisons are 4-4 against the Yankees this season. Buffalo won just one game of a three-game set the last time they visited PNC Field, April 13-15. The clubs split a four-game set in Buffalo, May 9-12. Last season, the Bisons were 5-3 at PNC Field, including a series win, April 8-11.
ON THE BUMP: LHP MARK COHOON will make his 8th start of the season tonight. In his last outing, the southpaw allowed a season-low one earned run in five innings against Syracuse, but did not factor into the decision. This will be only his second appearance against an IL-North opponent all season.
LOCKIN’ IT DOWN: RHP DALE THAYER converted his team-high seventh save of the season last night after pitching 2.1 innings in relief against the Yanks. In his 31st appearance of the season, he gave up just one hit and struck out three Scranton/Wilkes-Barre hitters. Thayer has been unhittable against the Yankees this year, with 11 strikeouts in eight scoreless innings.
ROSTER MOVE: The Mets have selected the contract of OF NICK EVANS from the Bisons. The slugger has averaged .329 (74-225) with seven home runs and 29RBI in 57 games with the Herd. With the roster room, INF JON MALO has been promoted from Double-A Binghamton. Malo has played 21 games with the Bisons and averaged .133 (4-30) with two RBI.
BISONS BITS: The Bisons hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning of last night’s contest, the first consecutive home runs since July 15, 2010 against Gwinnett…OF JESUS FELICIANO hit his first home run of the season last night and his first since April 25, 2010 at Pawtucket…Five Bisons players had multi-hit performances in last night’s win.
METS UPDATE: The Mets have now four straight after their victory against the Dodgers last night, 5-3. Former Bison INF RUBEN TEJADA had a big two-run double in the sixth and LHP JON NIESE improved to 8-7 on the season with a strong seven-inning performance. The Mets go for the sweep tonight at 10:10 p.m.;