It hadn’t been a very good June for the Buffalo Bisons until Thursday. Maybe that’s a sign that better times are ahead for the Herd.
The Bisons swept a doubleheader against the Charlotte Knights on Thursday. After a rare Friday night off because of a concert at Coca-Cola Field, the two teams get back to work Saturday night (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM).
Buffalo had been 3-8 in the month of June before the sweep. The wins lifted the Bisons’ record for the season to 30-32, within a small win streak of .500. What’s more, Buffalo sits in fourth place in the International League North, but it is only five games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and two and one-half games back of second-place Rochester.
Change of pace: The game has been promoted as the Bisons’ first-ever “Saturdaynightbash!” Fireworks will be presented after the game, with food and drink specials available at the concession stands.
View from the top: Matt Hague of the Herd comes into the game as the league’s hottest hitter. He is on top of the IL batting race with a .346 average. That’s ahead of Rochester’s James Beresford, who is at .330.
On the mound: Tonight’s pitchers are Andrew Albers of the Bisons (2-8, 4.33) against Chris Beck of the Knights (3-2, 3.04). The teams will finish their series on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Coca-Cola Field.