Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies)
7:05 p.m. at Coca-Cola Field (Gates open 6 p.m.)
Weather: Forecast calls 80 degrees and cloudy. Weather.com updates here.
Promotion: It’s Marcell Dareus Day at the ballpark. The Bills defensive tackle will throw out the first pitch and hold an autograph session for 45 minutes after the first pitch. . . . On Tuesday’s fans can buy two tickets for the price of one when they present a Ted’s Hot Dogs receipt at the ticket office.
Powerhouse foe: Buffalo is 1-9 against Lehigh Valley this season and has lost nine straight to the IronPigs.
IL standing: Lehigh Valley is 42-21, the best record in the International League and all of Triple-A baseball. Buffalo is 32-29, 9.0 games behind the IronPigs.
Power hitters: Lehigh Valley has 68 homers, tied with Columbus for most in the IL. The IronPigs also have allowed the fewest homers in the IL.
Last game: The Bisons were off Monday. They closed a rough road trip with a 3-2 loss at Pawtucket on Sunday. Buffalo went 4-7 on the trip.
Pitching: Scheduled to start Thursday for the Bisons is Brett Oberholtzer (1-4, 2.40) vs. Mark Leiter (0-0, 2.70).
Bison prospect: Top prospect for the Bisons is first baseman Rowdy Tellez.
Phillies prospects: Philadelphia has one of the best farm systems in baseball. Four top-10-rated position players are on the IronPigs. At the top is shortstop J.P. Crawford, rated the No. 4 prospect in baseball by MLB.com He’s only 22 and he’s hitting only .194. But he’s drawing walks. His on-base percentage is .313. Catcher Jorge Alfaro is rated No. 3 in the Phillies system. Left fielder Roman Quinn, one of the fastest players in the IL, is No. 6. But he’s on the seven-day disabled list. Outfielder Dylan Cozens is rated No. 10 by Baseball America.
Tickets: $9.50 to $15.50.
The homestand: Tuesday starts a six-day, seven-game homestand. The Herd plays the next three evenings against Lehigh Valley. Then Scranton/Wilkes-Barre comes to town for games Friday, Saturday (a double-header) and Sunday.