SYRACUSE — Weather accomplished what International League pitchers are having difficulty doing Tuesday — cool some hot Buffalo Bisons bats.
The Herd’s game against the Syracuse Chiefs in NBT Bank Stadium was postponed because of rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader today (Radio 1520, 4 p.m). Two seven-inning games are scheduled.
Buffalo won the opener of the scheduled four-game series Monday night, 6-1, erupting for five runs in the eighth inning.
The Bisons’ .319 team batting average is the highest in baseball.
Infielder Jim Negrych extended his hit streak to seven games to open the season. Negrych had a double in the Bisons’ big inning on Monday and leads the IL with a .454 average. That is just three points behind Steven Vogt (.548) of Sacramento in the Pacific Coast League.
Mauro Gomez, who hit his first two home runs as a Bison and went 4 for 4 in Monday’s win, is batting .455. Last year’s IL MVP with the Pawtucket Red Sox, Gomez has reached safely in all four games as a Bison with five hits and a pair of walks.
Justin Germano (1-1, 10.13 ERA) was the scheduled starter Tuesday and most likely he will get the start in today’s first game against right-hander Ross Ohlendorf (2-0, 1.64). Ohlendorf, who pitched at Princeton, has seen major league duty with the Yankees, Pirates and Padres. The other Buffalo starter had not been announced as of Tuesday. Ryan Tatusko (0-1, 5.40) was expected to start for the Chiefs in the nightcap.
David Bush (1-0, 0.00) will go for the Herd in Thursday night’s series finale against Chiefs right-hander Ethan Martin (1-0, 4.82).