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Indy visit begins 9-game home stand for Bisons

After a week on the road at Syracuse and Pawtucket, the Buffalo Bisons get a chance to unpack their bags and enjoy home cooking for a while.

The Herd had Monday off and will begin a nine-game home stand Tuesday when the Indianapolis Indians visit Coca-Cola Field (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.) for the opener of a three-game series.

Right-hander Scott Copeland (0-1, 2.63 ERA) is the scheduled starter for the Bisons against lefty Steven Brault (2-4, 2.91) of the Indians.

It will be the only visit this season by the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate. Indy (58-58 before Monday night’s home game against Toledo) is one of only two teams outside the International League’s North Division playing .500 ball or better. Columbus, which leads the Indians by six games in the West Division is the other at 64-52.

The Bisons are 57-59, fifth in the North Division behind four teams that are playing winning ball.

Polish Festival Night: Sponsored by Unyts, it begins an event-filled month of August for the Bisons at home. There will be an Aaron Sanchez bobblehead giveaway for Wednesday night’s game with Indianapolis and XPOGO Stunt Team appearance for the fridaynightbash game against Pawtucket. Next Tuesday night’s Rochester game will be Mystery Ball Night.

Hot bat: Matt Dominguez tied Jesus Montero for the Bisons team lead in RBIs in Sunday’s 6-3 win over the Red Sox in a doubleheader at Pawtucket. He got No. 53 with a sacrifice fly in a game where he was 2 for 3 at the plate. Dominguez is batting .406 (13 for 32) in his last nine games with four doubles and two home runs.

Zip City: The Bisons are 11-11 in shutout games after Sunday’s 6-0 blanking by Justin Haley. It was the third complete-game shutout against the Herd this season. Two of the three were seven-inning on the road. The third was a nine-inning route-going performance by Rochester’s Logan Darnell on April 28.

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