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Bisons rained out, return home

MOOSIC, Pa. — The Buffalo Bisons received a head start for their trip home on Friday.

The Bisons’ game with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders was rained out on Friday night. That meant Buffalo ended its eight-game road trip a bit earlier than expected.

Buffalo will host Louisville at Coca-Cola Field this afternoon (4:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM).

The Herd haven’t been bothered with weather problems for a little while. The team saw five of its first 14 games postponed because of the elements. But the Bisons had played their last 10 games, including a couple of double-headers.

The rain forced Buffalo to miss a chance to start a winning streak. On Thursday, the Bisons won for the first time in four games to move back above .500 with a 10-9 record.

The starter for Buffalo this afternoon was not immediately available. Friday’s scheduled pitcher was Sean Nolin, who had a 1-0 record with a 2.70 earned-run average. Nolan was hoping to follow his best start of the season – six innings of shutout ball against Pawtucket – with a strong effort against S/W-B.

However, Marcus Stroman originally was slated to go today. The right-hander has a 1-2 record with a 2.18 ERA.

For Louisville, Tim Crabbe (1-1, 2.57) will be on the mound.

Kevin Pillar will have to wait a day for a chance to extend his hitting streak. He has hit in his last eight games, compiling a .367 batting average along the way.

The outfielder had four doubles and four runs scored in that span, and owns the fourth-longest hitting streak in the International League.