The Buffalo Bisons headed home from their road trip a little earlier than expected on Sunday afternoon. Their game with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs was rained out. The contest will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on June 18 in Allentown, Pa.
The rainout probably means that the Bisons pitching rotation will be pushed back a day. Buffalo begins a seven-game homestand on Monday night against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (6:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM).
Wade LeBlanc could be the starter for this one. He carries a 2-1 record with 2.22 earned run average. LeBlanc’s last victory came against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, as he benefited from some good hitting from the Herd in an 8-1 victory on April 20.
If LeBlanc goes Monday night, Roberto Hernandez could start for the Bisons on Tuesday. The 35-year-old had hoped to earn a major-league contract somewhere in the spring, but he was unsuccessful in that quest. Therefore, he signed a minor-league deal and reported to the Bisons. Hernandez went four innings without a decision on Wednesday in a 10-inning win over Rochester.
Luis Cessa is the scheduled starter for the RailRiders. He has not had a decision this season, and has a 3.18 ERA. S/W-B suffered a 1-0 loss Sunday afternoon in Rochester against the Red Wings.
For the Bisons, Jesus Montero will have a day to rest up as he prepared to start a new hitting streak. The old streak came to an end after 13 games on Saturday, when he went 0 for 3. Buffalo only had two hits against Lehigh Valley in that contest, in which the Herd dropped a 3-2 decision.