SYRACUSE — Kevin Pillar looks to add to a streak as the Buffalo Bisons, coming off Monday’s off day, play at Syracuse tonight (7 p.m, Radio 1520 AM).
The Herd outfielder has reached base safely in all 18 games he’s played at Triple-A. He’s also hit in 15 of 18 games. posting a .352 average and a .622 slugging percentage.
Buffalo can also add to its lead in the Thruway Cup, a season-long competition between the three International League teams along the Thruway, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.
The Bisons (11-7) lead the Red Wings (8-9) and Chiefs (7-10) by 2½ games. Buffalo has a 6-3 season series lead on Syracuse this year, which includes Sunday’s doubleheader sweep. Before Sunday, the road team had won all previous seven contests, with the Bisons posting a 4-0 mark at NTB Bank Stadium.
Second baseman Jim Negrych is fourth in the IL in batting at .330. He’s tied for fifth in the league with 25 doubles and has driven in 35 runs.
As of Monday night, the Bisons had not announced a starting pitcher for tonight’s contest. The Chiefs are scheduled to send left-hander Danny Rosenbaum (5-6, 3.98) for 18th start. He’s got 55 strikeouts in 95 innings.
The Bisons bring a 45-45 record into the contest, which includes a 25-23 record on the road. The Herd is 4-6 in their last 10 contests while Syracuse is 6-4. Buffalo is 7½ games behind first place Pawtucket in the North Division with Syracuse is in last place, 15 games back of the Red Sox at 38-53.