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Herd stumbles below .500

by Amy Moritz

This is a new view for the Buffalo Bisons -- one that is below the .500 mark.

For the first time this season the Herd has dipped below the .500 mark after taking a 3-2 loss at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Friday night.

And so, the Herd enters tonight's game against Syracuse at Coca-Cola Field (Radio 1520, TWC) at 43-44. This for a team that 10 games over .500 eight different times this year and spend much of the first two months of the season in first place of the International League North Division.

Now, they're nine games out of the division race with their post-season hopes pinned to the wild card race, which they currently trail by 3 1/2 games.

Weber gets the start: Thad Weber gets the start for the Herd. He has pitched at least six innings in each of his last four starts going 3-1 in that span. He has allowed just four earned runs while striking out 22.

Pillar's streak ends: Outfielder Kevin Pillar saw his 11-game hit streak come to an end Friday night, but he continues to be one of the best hitters in the Herd's lineup since his promotion from Double-A on June 21. He has hit .355 with nine doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI in 15 games.

Thruway Cup: For those keeping score on the Thruway Cup series among the Herd, Rochester and Syracuse teams, the Bisons are on top at 9-6.

Tonight's Bisons lineup:
Mike McCoy -- LF
Ryan Goins -- SS
Kevin Pillar -- CF
Mauro Gomez -- 1B
Jim Negrych -- 2B
Andy LaRoche -- 3B
Eugenio Velez -- DH
Anthony Gose -- RF
Sean Ochinko -- C 


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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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