Playing baseball has been a difficult pursuit in Western New York this week.
For the third time in four days the Buffalo Bisons had their game at Coca-Cola Field postponed due to rain. Friday's cancellation came as the Herd tried to start a three-game series with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, starting at 12:35 p.m.
The difference a year makes: In the first month of 2017, the Herd has had seven games rained out, six at Coca-Cola Field. The Bisons had just seven games rained out in all of 2016 with just one rainout at home (Aug. 13).
Top of the standings: The Bisons remain in first place in the International League North Division at 15-9. They've been on top of the IL North the entire season. Last year the team spent just one day in first place in the division, on June 4 with a 32-25 mar, but lost three straight ball games. They finished fifth in the IL North in 2016.
Hot hitter: Dwight Smith Jr. is tied for fifth in the International League with a .333 batting average.
Changing the rotation: Mike Bolsinger was originally scheduled to start for the Bisons on Friday, but that afternoon Bobby Meacham slated T.J. House for the mound. Bolsinger is the likely candidate to get called up to Toronto for the Blue Jays' game against Cleveland.
Bases Merlot-Ed: The Bisons announced the details of their annual Bases Merlot-ed Ballpark Wine Tasting Event. Scheduled for May 20, it will take place from noon-3 p.m. during the Saturday afternoon game between the Herd and the Pawtucket Red Sox. The event will be located in the Centerfield Pavilion and on the Bully Hill Party Deck. Gates open at noon and the game starts at 1:05 p.m. Tickets are $29 and include a game ticket, souvenir wine glass and 20 wine tastings.
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 and can be exchange throughout the remainder of the season.