It's been a difficult April for baseball.
After getting in the first two games of the season at Coca-Cola Field, the Buffalo Bisons postponed their game with the Indianapolis Indians on Sunday.
That means the teams lost two of the four games in the series.
It's even more problematic when looking at the way in which in the International League decided to schedule April. Indianapolis, which plays in the West Division, only visits Buffalo, in the North Division, once this season. An odd decision by schedulers since now the teams are faced with trying to make up two games when Buffalo travels to Indianapolis for a three-game series in July.
The season is only a week old and already there's a strong possibility that games will be lost to the schedule.
It's easier for the Bisons to make up their opening series with the Rochester Red Wings. The teams did not play the scheduled first three games of the season due to snow, cold and icy field conditions. But the IL North Division foes meet 18 times during the regular season, giving plenty of doubleheader possibilities. Right now, Rochester has scheduled doubleheaders with the Herd at Frontier Field on May 25, May 27 and Aug. 28.
There's more potential trouble on the horizon as the Louisville Bats come to town for a three-game set Monday through Wednesday. It's their only trip to Buffalo and rain and snow are in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday. The teams meet only once more – July 24-25 in Louisville.
Losing home games in April is fairly common in Buffalo. Since becoming an affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, the Bisons have had only one year when they played all their home April dates – 2016. Since 2013, including this early season, they have lost 16 of 65 home games in April. The breakdown:
2017: Played six of their first eight dates at home, 11 of 14 total in April
2016: Played all seven scheduled home games
2015: Lost three dates out of 13, including Opening Day
2014: Played the home opener but not the next day. Lost three out of 14.
2013: Lost five out 13 dates
The refund policy: Fans can exchange tickets for a comparable ticket to any future 2018 Bisons game, excluding July 3. All ticket exchanges must be made at the Coca-Cola Field Box Office and can be done at any time during the remainder of the season.