The Bisons have lost the first three games of their series vs. Pawtucket and today's Father's Day game is their last chance on what's been a dreary homestand. Buffalo is 2-5 on the stand and has slipped seven games back in the IL North.
The starters today are Buffalo's Garrett Olson and Pawtucket's Brandon Duckworth but the bullpens will get attention too as converted starters Jenrry Mejia of the Herd and Daniel Bard of the Pawsox are both scheduled to throw in the game. Bard went two scoreless innings Thursday for his best outing since coming down from Boston and Mejia got through one inning Friday in his first relief outing after finishing his work in the Buffalo rotation.
The Bisons hit the halfway mark for the season Tuesday in Norfolk and reach it at home today (they're 19-16 here). A big difference in the race right now is the record within the IL North: Pawtucket is 21-8 while the Bisons are just 19-18.
The rehabbers are still here, with Boston's Cody Ross leading off in right field and New York's Ronny Cedeno batting second at shortstop for Buffalo.
Here's today's lineup for the Herd:
Corey Wimberly, dh
Ronny Cedeno, ss
Matt den Dekker, cf
Valentino Pascucci, 1b
Fred Lewis, lf
Josh Satin, 2b
Matt Tuiasosopo, 3b
Raul Reyes, rf
Lucas May, c
Garrett Olson, p