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Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) vs. Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds)
First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
Gates open: 6 p.m.
Weather: The forecast is good. Game-time temperature will be 75 degrees and the forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with 15 percent chance of rain. Weather.com updates for 14203: https://weather.com/weather/hourbyhour/l/USNY0181:1:US
Promotions: It’s Irish Festival Night, and fans are encouraged to wear green. There is a pre-game tent party outside of center field at 5 p.m. featuring Irish food. The Bisons’ Irish American of the Year Award will be presented before the first pitch. Also: Get two tickets for the price of one when presenting a Ted’s Hot Dogs receipt at the ticket window. The 2-for-1 concessions deal is on nachos. There will be fireworks after the game.
Starting pitchers: John Anderson (0-1, 7.50) is the Herd’s scheduled starter and will face top-rated prospect Robert Stephenson (4-3, 3.29). (See below.)
Last game: Quick hits: Lousiville 4, Bisons 1. http://insidepitch.buffalonews.com/2016/06/20/quick-hits-homers-sink-bisons-in-4-1-loss-to-louisville/
Game Story: Herd catcher Jimenez shows big-league defensive tools. http://insidepitch.buffalonews.com/2016/06/20/catcher-j-jiminez-showing-big-league-defensive-form-bisons/
Bisons Prospects: A.J. Jimenez is only 25 and is a good defensive catcher. After several injury plagued seasons he needs to put together a strong Triple-A season to rejuvenate his stock. Infielder Andy Burns could help the Blue Jays as a utility infielder and already has had a brief stint in Toronto. He’s batting .247.
Louisville Prospects: Pitcher Robert Stephenson was rated No. 1 in the Reds chain by Baseball America in the offseason. MLB.com ranks outfielder Jesse Winkler No. 1 and Stephenson No. 2. Winkler, 22, is a 6-foot-3 left-hander who’s batting .286. He’s a good fielder and has some speed. He has a good eye. He leads the Bats in walks with 33. Stephenson, 23, is a hard-throwing right hander who the Reds hope will become a front-line starter soon.
Hot Bats: Outfielder Scott Schebler is hitting .304 but is at .427 in June.
Records: Buffalo is 37-34 but is falling behind the red-hot Rochester Red Wings (43-28) in the in the International League North Division. Buffalo is fifth. Louisville is 36-34, third in the IL West.
Major connection: Louisville manager Delino DeShields played 13 seasons with the Expos, Dodgers, Cardinals, Orioles and Cubs. His 463 stolen bases still ran him in the MLB’s top-50 all-time. He had a career batting average of .268.
WCC Race: Blue Cheese won for the ninth time this season, which ranks second behind Atomic (19). Chicken Wing has six wins and Celery none.
The homestand: The Herd is home through Thursday, then goes on the road for a week.
Tickets: $11-13, bisons.com, Coca-Cola Field Box Office.