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 79 degrees and sunny. Weather.com updates:
Promotion: On Thursday, the first 3,000 fans through the Inspire Dental Gate at Swan Street will receive a replica of the ballpark. In celebration of Father’s Day Sunday, sons and daughters are invited to go on the field after the game and play catch with their dad.
Last game: IronPigs 9, Bisons 7. Lehigh Valley has won 10 straight over the Herd.
IL standing: Lehigh Valley is 43-21, the best record in the International League and all of Triple-A baseball. Buffalo is 32-30, 10 games behind the IronPigs.
Power hitters: Lehigh Valley has 72 homers, most in the IL. The IronPigs also have allowed the fewest homers in the IL.
Pitching: Scheduled to start Wednesday for the Bisons is T.J. House (5-5, 3.77) vs. Mark Appel (4-2 5.65), a former No. 1 overall draft choice of the Astros.
Bison prospect: Top prospect for the Bisons is first baseman Rowdy Tellez.
Phillies prospects: Philadelphia has one of the best farm systems in baseball, and the IronPigs are loaded with prospects. 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 by MLB.com. Outfielder Nick Williams is rated No. 4 by Baseball America. He has 13 homers. Rhys Hoskins is rated No. 6 by Baseball America. He has 14 homers. Left fielder Roman Quinn, one of the fastest players in the IL, is No. 6. But he’s out four to six weeks with an elbow injury. Outfielder Dylan Cozens is rated No. 10 by Baseball America.
Tickets: $9.50 to $15.50.
The homestand: The Bisons are in the middle of a six-day, seven-game homestand. The Herd plays the next two evenings against Lehigh Valley. Then Scranton/Wilkes-Barre comes to town for games Friday, Saturday (a double-header) and Sunday.