Tuesday night, the Buffalo Bisons will attempt to go where they haven’t been all season.
The Herd will open a six-game Ohio road trip in Columbus against the Clippers, who lead the International League West Division.
Veteran right-hander Roberto Hernandez (2-2, 4.38) is the scheduled starter for the Bisons against lefty T.J. House (3-2, 5.45) of the Clippers.
Facing the hump: Sunday’s 2-1 walk-off victory over Pawtucket left the Bisons with a 22-22 record, the fifth time this season they’ve been at .500. On each of the four previous occasions the Bisons failed to get on the plus side, losing their next game.
Clipping along: Columbus is 26-17 and leads the West Division by four games over second-place Louisville. It’s due mainly to an 11-game winning streak from April 21 to May 4 that pushed the Clips from 5-7 to 16-7. Since then, they’ve been a .500 club (10-10).
Series probables: Right-hander Roberto Hernandez (2-2, 4.38) is scheduled to start for Buffalo Tuesday night against lefty T.J. House (3-2, 5.45).
Long ball: The Clippers 250-pound first baseman/DH Jesus Aguilar is tied for the IL home run lead with nine. Veteran outfielder Domonic Brown leads the Bisons with six. Leading hitter for Columbus is 24-year-old shortstop Erik Gonzalez, who is batting .306.
Bison stampede: The Herd has gone 11-5 in the last 16 games to reach .500. That’s despite a batting attack that ranks 13th among 14 IL teams with a .238 team average.
Pitching matchups: Scheduled to pitch the rest of the series are: Chris Leroux (2-3, 3.79) vs. Ryan Merritt (3-4, 2.94) on Wednesday night and Drew Hutchison (0-2, 2.78) vs. Will Roberts (4-1, 3.00) on Thursday morning (11:05 a.m.).