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Bisons open four game series with Charlotte

The Buffalo Bisons went from playing the second worst team in the International League to playing the second best.

After going 2-2 against the Toledo Mud Hens, who are just 39-59 overall, the Herd opens a four-game series with the Charlotte Knights tonight. The Knights, the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, have the second best mark in the league at 56-44, leading the IL South.

Bison manager Wally Backman was not happy with his club on Thursday despite their 9-8 walk-off win.

"I really feel that we played down to the level of this team," Backman said after the win over Toledo. "I think they’re a last place team and I feel that we played down to them. We had opportunities to win every single game. We won the game. I’m happy about that but a split is almost unacceptable for us playing a team that we know we should come out and beat."

The Herd will try to play up to its competition. The Bisons are 51-48 and four games back or the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs in the IL North.

Collin McHugh will start for the Herd. He has yet to record a decision at Coca-Cola Field though he is 1-2 with the Bisons with a 4.55 ERA.

Tonight's Bison lineup:

Matt den Dekker -- CF
Oswaldo Navarro -- SS
Adam Loewen -- 1B
Zach Lutz -- 3B
Josh Satin -- 2B
Valentino Pascucci -- DH
Matt Tuiasosopo -- RF
Raul Reyes -- LF
Rob Johnson -- C

--- Amy Moritz 


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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