With heavy rains from the remnants of Hurricane Ida falling in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Buffalo Bisons' game against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders was canceled several hours before Wednesday night's first pitch.
The Herd swept the doubleheader, the first of eight games between the teams over six days to move into a tie with the RailRiders for first place in the Northeast Division of Triple-A East.
The game at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa., will not be made up because minor-league teams are limited to two doubleheaders a week. The Bisons took both games of Tuesday's twinbill in Scranton, 5-1 and 3-0, and the teams are scheduled to play another makeup doubleheader Friday night. Their eight-game series has now been cut to seven.
The Bisons pulled even in the Northeast Division standings with Scranton with Tuesday's pair of victories. Both teams are 59-41 with 18 games left in the regular season. Each team has two canceled games on their schedule and will play a 118-game season instead of 120.
With the calendar hitting Sept. 1, the parent Toronto Blue Jays can expand their roster to 28 players and multiple sources say the Jays have called up Bisons pitchers Nate Pearson and Bryan Baker prior to Wednesday's game against Baltimore.
Baker has been Buffalo's closer and has been dominant most of the season. He was 4-1 with a 1.32 earned-run average and nine saves in 11 chances over 33 games with the Herd. Baker struck out 40, walked 16 and allowed only 17 hits in 34 innings, holding opponents to a .140 batting average.
Pearson, on a three-year run as one of Toronto's top pitching prospects, has battled leg and hernia issues this year and is expected to only be used in short relief by the Blue Jays in September.
Pearson has regularly topped 100 mph with his pitches since his return to Buffalo in August, posting a 3.00 ERA over six one-inning appearances in the month. Pearson struck out the side in his lone inning in Tuesday's doubleheader, his final appearance for the Bisons.
The Bisons and Scranton will try again Thursday night at 7. The game will be broadcast on Radio 1400 AM/107.3 FM because the UB football opener will be on WWKB 1520 AM.