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Bisons back after 8-0 road trip

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Buffalo Bisons return to Coca-Cola Field tonight after their most successful road trip in their modern era.

Absurdly-hot leadoff man Jim Negrych went 3 for 5 and drove in two runs Monday as the Herd completed an 8-0 trip with an 8-2 win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

The 10:35 a.m. start was nationally televised on MLB Network and the TV audience saw the Bisons wrap up their second straight four-game sweep. After a 4-4 start, Buffalo is 12-4 and owns the best record in the International League.

The eight straight road wins are one shy of the franchise record set over three series in April and May of 1985, the year Buffalo returned to Triple-A baseball. The franchise record for consecutive wins overall is 10, last set in August 2004.

The Bisons go for No. 9 overall tonight (Radio 1520 AM, 6:05 p.m.) in the opener of a four-game series against the Pawtucket Red Sox. The defending IL champions are second to the Bisons in the IL North.

Negrych, the St. Francis product, is 20 for 41 on the season and improved his batting average to an IL-best .488. He drove in the first run with an RBI single in a four-run third that put the Bisons in command. Negrych added an RBI single in the sixth and singled and scored in the ninth.

Catcher Josh Thole and left fielder Eugenio Velez also had two hits for the Herd. Buffalo outscored its opponents, 64-25, in the eight games, highlighted by its 27-9 outburst Thursday at Syracuse.

Designated hitter Luis Jimenez was named IL Batter of the Week on Monday. He drove in 11 runs and batted .455. He has 17 RBIs, third best in the league.

Tonight is a TWOsdays promotion night, with 2-for-1 tickets available at the ballpark with a McDonald’s receipt. There will also be $2 beer and concession specials.