News & Notes: Game 96

Monday, July 18, 2011 (7:00 p.m.) – Alliance Bank Stadium
TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet HD 713
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, bisons.com

Buffalo Bisons (41-54, T4th(-15.0), North)
RHP Dylan Owen (4-5, 4.48)

Syracuse Chiefs (40-53, T4th(-15.0), North)
RHP Yunesky Maya (1-6, 4.45)

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Syracuse Chiefs in the first game of a four-game set from Alliance Bank Stadium (7:00 p.m.). The Herd is coming off a two-game split in Rochester and is now 3-1 since returning from the All-Star break. In the four games (all against the Red Wings), the Bisons outscored their opponent, 28-15.

VS. THE CHIEFS: The Bisons are 2-4 against Syracuse this season. The clubs have only played two-game series thus far, with a pair of splits and a Chiefs’ sweep at Coca-Cola Field, July 2-3. The Herd has not won a series at Alliance Bank Stadium since taking two of three, June 15(DH)-16, 2009.

DEALIN’ DYLAN: RHP DYLAN OWEN gets the ball for the 17th time this season. The righty has made 11 starts and has posted a 3.76ERA when he begins a game. Owen lost his last time out, allowing four runs in five innings to Pawtucket on July 10. The start before that, he defeated the Chiefs in Syracuse with six innings of one-hit, two-run ball on July 5.

OUR PAL, VAL: Last night, INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI became the fourth Bisons player to record two homers in a game this season. The two blasts give him 13 on the season and 30 for his Bisons’ career. He is the 23rd player to reach that total in the Bisons modern era. The slugger now has 60RBI on the season, third most in the International League. Today, the IL named the slugger the IL Batter-of-the-Week.

BIG GAME BISONS: The Bisons set a season high with their 17 hits last night. All nine in the starting lineup had a hit with six Bisons collecting multi-hit efforts. Since the All-Star break, Buffalo has hit .311 (46-148) as a team and .325 (13-40) as a club with runners in scoring position.

BISONS BITS: C RAUL CHAVEZ has hit in eight straight games, averaging .371 (10-27) with two doubles, a home run and four RBI since the streak began on June 29…The Bisons have had six performances of 5RBI or more in a game with three coming from INF LUIS HERNANDEZ and two from INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI…Pascucci leads the IL with 53 walks.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (47-47) were defeated by the Phillies, 8-5, last night. Former Bisons OF LUCAS DUDA had a double and a triple in the loss. INF DANIEL MURPHY also had two hits and a pair of walks. After losing two of three to the Phillies, the Mets have an off day today before welcoming St. Louis to Citi Field Tuesday.

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