The rain continued to wreak havoc on baseball as the Buffalo Bisons and Rochester Red Wings had their Thursday game at Coca-Cola Field postponed.
It was the second postponement of the homestand, fifth of the season at Coca-Cola Field and sixth overall for the Bisons in 2017.
And frankly, the forecast for the next three days looks sketchy when it comes to getting the tarp off the field. While the Bisons can't control the weather, they can plan as best they can, finding ways to get in work on the field while rounding out the rest of the time in the batting cages.
"We talked to them yesterday a little bit about it," Buffalo manager Bobby Meacham said about the weather. "We had a meeting with positional players and told them we aren't going to be able to do a whole lot this weekend. I laid it all out, what the weather looked like for the weekend. ... We came up with a plan and decided to get on the field when we can. Now they're all set. They know what's going to happen. They'll get in the cage and that's about it."
Pitching rotation: The weather is only one factor for the Bisons' pitching staff as they determine their rotation for the three-game series with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs that opens Friday. The Toronto Blue Jays already have two starters from the Bisons (Mat Latos and T.J. House) as Aaron Sanchez and J.A. Happ deal with injuries. After Marcus Stroman left Wednesday's game with arm tightness, the Bisons are bracing for another potential call-up.
When Meacham met with reporters about 2 p.m. on Thursday, he said the plan was to push the starters back one day, putting Mike Bolsinger (1-1, 1.46) on the mound Friday night.
"There's a lot of stuff going on with Toronto right now. We all know that," Meacham said. "I talked to the pitchers about that, too. We're just going to wait to hear how they want to do it. Right now, the last I heard from them, is to move everyone back."
Hot hitters: Christian Lopes is on a season-long five-game hitting streak and has hits in 12 of his last 14 games. Meanwhile Dwight Smith Jr. entered Thursday tied for the third-best batting average in the International League (.333) with six multi-hit games.
Make-up date: Rochester and Buffalo will make up Thursday's game with a doubleheader on Monday, June 26, starting at 5:35 p.m. The doubleheader on June 26 will be a single-admission twinbill, meaning fans can view both games with just one ticket. There will be approximately 30 minutes between the two seven-inning games.
Ticket exchange: Fans holding tickets to Thursday’s game can exchange them for a comparable ticket to any future 2017 Bisons game. All ticket exchanges must be made at the Coca-Cola Field Box Office and can be exchange throughout the remainder of the season.
Up next: The games with Lehigh Valley are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. tonight and 1:05 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Coca-Cola Field.