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Notebook: Fisher Tops IL with Streak
Egbert's long journey back to Bisons' mound
06/22/2011 9:38 PM ET
Fisher has the longest active hit streak in the International League.
Fisher has the longest active hit streak in the International League. 
Fishing Trips

The Bisons' batting order has produced several big streaks so far this season and infielder Michael Fisher is one game away from the biggest.

The Triple-A rookie brings a 16-game hit streak into the Bisons' final game of their southern roadtrip on Thursday. The streak matches him with Kirk Nieuwenhuis for the longest stretch for the Herd this season. It's also the longest active streak in the International League.

Since June 6, Fisher has averaged .303 (20-66) with four doubles, five RBI and 13 runs scored. He's also drawn 10 walks during the streak and is now hitting .283 with a .353 on-base percentage in 39 games with the Herd.

Fisher has enjoyed life on the road this season. He sports a .333 average in 22 Bisons road games as opposed to just a .203 mark at Coca-Cola Field.

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Nick The Stick

Nick Evans seems to be trying to catch up to Michael Fisher's hit streak by making sure he gets more than one hit each game.

Evans has a 12-game hit streak of his own at Triple-A with the first five contests coming before a month-long promotion to the Mets. Since returning to the Herd on June 16, Evans has five multi-hit performances in seven games. He had four hits on June 21 in Durham drove in five runs in a contest two days earlier in Norfolk.

Overall, Evans has averaged a whopping .519 (14-27) since returning from New York with four doubles, eight RBI and five runs scored. Over the span of his hit streak, Evans has averaged .489 with 23 hits in 47 at-bats.

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The Long Road

When Jack Egbert toes the slab Thursday in Durham, it will complete a long road to recovery.

The 28-year old has yet to pitch in a game that counts for the Bisons after the Mets claimed the hurler off waivers from the Chicago White Sox on September 25, 2009. In an exhibition game with the Herd six months later, Egbert heard the infamous 'pop.'

"I was cruising along," Egbert said. "Not to say it was easy, but it was one of those games where I was throwing strikes, making good pitches and everything was going well.

"All of a sudden, I just threw a fastball and my arm just popped. I tried to lift my arm up and the pain was excruciating ... you see the reaction of everybody else around, the looks on the faces of your teammates, and you just know in your heart, 'This isn't good'."

Egbert needed 'Tommy John' surgery and spent all of 2010 and the first 57 games of 2011 on the Herd's disabled list. He was activated on May 25 -14 months to the day of his injury- so that he could rehab with Single-A St. Lucie.

Egbert was 0-2 with a 4.37ERA in five starts with St. Lucie.

For daily game notes and more information on the Bisons, follow Bisons Blog, managed by "The Voice of the Bisons," Ben Wagner. Also, stay up to date at twitter.com/BuffaloBisons.

-the herd-

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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