News & Notes: Game 107
Friday, July 29, 2011 (7:35 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field
Radio: WWKB AM 1520, WGR Sportsradio 550 AM, bisons.com
Buffalo Bisons (43-63, 5th(-19.0), North)
RHP Dylan Owen (4-5, 4.44)
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (57-47, 3rd(-4.0), North)
RHP Andrew Brackman (2-6, 7.22)
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Bisons host the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in the final game of a four-game series from Coca-Cola Field (7:35 p.m.). The Herd needs a win tonight to avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the Yankees. Buffalo is just 1-6 on an eight-game homestand that ends tonight. Tomorrow, the Bisons will begin a season-long 10-game roadtrip with stops in Lehigh Valley, Rochester, Pawtucket and Syracuse.
VS. THE YANKS: The Bisons have lost five straight games against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and are now just 4-8 against the Yankees this season. The last time the Yankees completed a four-game sweep of the Herd at Coca-Cola Field was August 13-16, 2009.
DEALIN’ DYLAN: RHP DYLAN OWEN will make his 14th start of the season for the Herd. Owen allowed three runs in five innings on Sunday in a loss to Pawtucket and has allowed four earned runs or less in his last 13 starts. He gave up four runs in three innings in his last outing against the Yankees, a loss on April 14 at PNC Field (0BB, 4K).
ROSTER MOVE: OF NICK EVANS has rejoined the Bisons from New York and INF MICHAEL FISHER has been sent to Double-A Binghamton. Evans was with the Mets since July 7 and hit .267 (4-15) with three runs, a triple, a home run, three RBI and three walks in nine games. The slugger has 28 multi-hit performances with the Bisons this season, six more than any other player.
Mr. VP: INF VALENTINO PASCUCCI leads the International League with 71RBI on the season, three more than Gwinnett’s Stefan Gartrell and Scranton/Wilkes Barre’s Jorge Vazquez. The slugger also shares the IL lead in walks (57) with Pawtucket’s Lars Anderson and is 2nd with a .513 slugging percentage and 4th with a .388 on-base percentage. Pascucci holds the Bisons top active hit streak have hit in nine straight games since July 20 (.364, 12-33).
BISONS BITS: INF LUIS FIGUEROA is batting .300, which puts him 16th in the IL…Since joining the Bisons on July 22, INF JOSH SATIN is batting a .346 and currently riding a five-game hit streak (8-18, .444)…The Bisons are 5-3 in eight fridaynightbash! games at Coca-Cola Field this season.
METS UPDATE: The Mets (54-51) completed a four-game sweep of the Reds yesterday with a 10-9 win over Cincinnati. Former Bisons OF LUCAS DUDA went 2-4 with a run, a double, three RBI and a walk. The Mets travel to Washington tonight (7:05 p.m.) for a three-game series against the Nationals.