Just when the Buffalo Bisons are on a roll, they run into an old nemesis. The Herd, winners of six in a row, will face the Pawtucket Red Sox in a doubleheader starting at 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday in McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I. (Radio 1520 AM).
Monday’s scheduled game between the International League teams was postponed to Tuesday because of rain and wet grounds.
After getting shut out, 2-0, in each game by the Bisons in a doubleheader at Coca-Cola Field last Wednesday, Pawtucket won four straight in Rochester while the Bisons were sweeping the Lehigh Valley Iron-Pigs four in a row.
First again: Pawtucket won the IL championship last season, defeating the Durham Bulls in the championship series. The first-place PawSox (8-3) own a half-game lead over the Bisons (7-3) in the North Division standings. Buffalo is 2-1 so far against Pawtucket after going 6-10 last season and has a 148-147 all-time mark against the Red Sox. However, they are only 64-83 (.435) all-time at McCoy.
Streakers: The Bisons’ six-game winning streak is one shy of their longest of the 2014 season. Last year’s Bisons also started 7-3 and ended up 77-66.
Fenway Bound?: Buffalo is scheduled to face two of the Boston Red Sox top pitching prospects in the three-game series. Left-hander Brian Johnson (1-1, 1.00 ERA), a first-round pick in 2012 out of the University of Florida, is scheduled to start Tuesday’s opener against lefty Andre Albers (1-1, 3.38). Johnson was 13-3 in two minor league stops last season, including 10-2 with 1.75 ERA with Double-A Portland. Wednesday’s scheduled starter for Pawtucket is lefty Henry Owens who was 3-1 with Pawtucket last season after going 14-4 in Double A. Steven Wright, a right-hander pitcher not the dead-pan comedian, will start Tuesday’s nightcap for Pawtucket against right-hander Scott Copeland (1-0, 0.64).
Center-field swap: Jackie Bradley Jr., started in the outfield to open the 2014 season for Boston. Now’s he’s Pawtucket’s center fielder. Mookie Betts, who played mostly right field in 45 games for the PawSox last season, is Boston’s starting center fielder these days.
Long ball: Two Pawtucket players, outfielder Bryce Brentz and second baseman Sean Coyle each have hit three homers so far. Chris Colabello leads the Bisons with two homers.
On the run: Colabello is tied for second in the IL with nine runs. He’s scored in his last seven games.
Stingy: Bisons pitchers already have three shutouts and have yielded one or fewer runs in eight of the 10 games.