An all-day rain in downtown Buffalo meant no baseball between the Bisons and Norfolk Tides Thursday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field. It was the only trip of the season to Buffalo for the Tides, and the game will be made up during the Herd's trip to Norfolk next week. The teams will play a seven-inning doubleheader beginning at 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday.
Drying out the clubhouse: The rain delay was slightly less pleasant for the Bisons as players are unable to use the area of the clubhouse containing their lockers.
The Bisons clubhouse was flooded on Tuesday, the result of a sewer issue on the street. The area impacted houses the players' individual lockers. The other areas, including coaches' offices, training room and weight room, are unaffected. But it still causes some chaos as players have to change in the family room and find temporary spaces for their clothes and personal items.
On Wednesday, the Bisons worked on drying out the locker room in order to complete air quality testing. Once that is complete, the team can move completely back into their clubhouse.
And while there was plenty of joking when the players were first booted into the hallway ("This is first place boys!" one player said Tuesday night) they've handled the situation in a rather matter-of-fact manner.
"It's impressive. These guys, they do what they do," manager Bobby Meacham said. "Even the first day when we had the problem with the clubhouse and I started to explain what was going to happen, they didn't even want to hear it. 'Hey, we'll do what we have to do to get ready to play and not worry about it.' It's impressive."
Day off: If anything, the rainout gave Meacham some more room to play with his roster especially after going deep into to the bullpen on Wednesday.
"I was going to give a couple guys they day off anyway," Meacham said. "They've played every day and then I thought the next day I'd give a few more guys the day off but now, it's good to have this day."
The rotation remains the same: Mike Bolsinger will get his first start of the season when the Bisons open a three-game series with the Columbus Clippers on Friday. The righty made two appearances already for the Herd (0-1, 4.15) this season and made six starts for the Bisons in 2016. Over the last three seasons, he has made 36 starts in the Major Leagues.
Lefty T.J. House (2-0, 0.77) is scheduled for Saturday with lefty Brett Oberholtzer (0-0, 1.00) for Sunday.
Ticket exchange: Fans holding tickets to Thursday’s game can exchange them for a comparable ticket to any future 2017 Bisons game. All ticket exchanges must be made at the Coca-Cola Field box office. Fans with tickets can exchange them throughout the remainder of the 2017 season. For fans who purchased the Bisons’ 30th Season $30 April Pack, tickets for Thursday’s game can be exchanged for any April or May ticket.