Share this article

print logo

Morning Pitch: Bisons host Pawtucket on Top Gun Night

Going to the game? Here's what you need to know:

Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) vs. Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox)

Coca-Cola Field

First pitch: 6:05 p.m.

Gates open: 5 p.m.

Weather: The forecast is good. Game-time temperature will be 70 degrees and the forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with no chance of rain. Weather.com updates for 14203.

Promotions: It’s a fridaynightbash! There are food and drink specials from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and fireworks after the game. It’s Top Gun Night, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Tom Cruise movie. Come dressed as your favorite character or with aviator glasses, and there will be trivia questions from the movie. And it’s Foul Ball Night. Every foul ball that goes into the stands will earn someone a prize.

Starting pitchers: Drew Hutchison (0-2, 3.05) will start for the Bisons against Henry Owens (3-1 2.70). It seems like Hutchinson often pitches against an opposition ace, and it's happening again Friday. The 23-year-old Owens is a 6-foot-6, 220-pounder considered to have a bright future with the Boston organization. He has made three starts for Boston this season. But he has 17 walks in 30 innings with the PawSox.

Last game: Quick hits: Bisons 7, Pawtucket 5.

Jays 2Bman: Devon Travis is in Buffalo this week on an injury rehab assignment. He's outstanding -- and he won't be here long. Read Thursday's story

Bisons Prospects: Andy Burns started the year ranked 27th among Blue Jays prospects by Baseball America. Outfielder Dalton Pompey is a 23-year-old with speed who made the Blue Jays roster out of spring training in 2015. As long as his defense progresses, he should become a big-league starter.

Red Sox Prospects: Left-handed pitcher Brian Johnson is the sixth ranked prospect in the Boston organization as rated by Baseball America. First baseman Sam Travis ranks seventh and shortstop Deven Marrero ranks eighth. Other pitching prospects include righty Pat Light (1th) and righty Noe Ramierz (26th).

Colder than Ice: Pawtucket’s Marrero is in the middle of a miserale slump. He’s 4 of his last 42 (.095) and he’s hitting .193 for the season. He went 0 for 4 Thursday.

Boles in Buffalo: Pawtucket’s manager, Kevin Boles, is the son of former Bisons manager John Boles, who directed the Herd in the American Association in 1985. He later served as manager of the Florida Marlins from 1996 to 2001 and since has had a long front-office career. He’s currently a senior advisor to Royals general manager Dayton Moore.

Cousin duo: Deven Marrero and PawSox designated hitter Chris Marrero are cousins. Chris is a 27-year-old former first-round draft pick. He’s in his sixth season at the Triple-A level and has played 34 big-league games with Washington.

Major connection: PawSox first baseman Allen Craig has played 534 major-league games over six seasons with St. Louis and Boston. He has a .276 career average in the majors.

WCC Race: Atomic improved to 19-0 Thursday in his races against Wing, (Blue) Cheese and Celery.

The homestand: The Bisons and PawSox are playing a four-game series. The two teams meet again at 1:05 p.m. Saturday and 1:05 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets: $11-13, bisons.com, Coca-Cola Field Box Office.

There are no comments - be the first to comment