One of the year’s most anticipated minor league pitching matchups will have a delayed start tonight.
Before Aaron Sanchez and Danny Salazar take the mound, the Buffalo Bisons and Columbus Clippers will finish what they started Tuesday night.
The opening game of the series at Coca-Cola Field was scoreless when it was suspended with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The teams will resume the game at 5:35 p.m. today and complete a nine-inning game. The second half of the doubleheader will be scheduled for seven innings and feature the hot prospects Sanchez and Salazar.
Blue Jays’ top prospect Sanchez is looking for his first Triple-A win. The pitcher (0-1, 6.00) will make his third start with Buffalo.
Columbus is scheduled to counter with Salazar (1-4, 6.35). The 24-year old climbed the Tribe’s system last year, making his Major League debut on July 11, 2013 against the Blue Jays. He took a no-hitter into the sixth. His seven strikeouts were the most for a starting pitcher’s MLB debut for the Indians since Luis Tiant struck out 11 in 1964.
Salazar started this season with the Indians but after a 1-4 start with a 5.53 ERA in eight outings, he was assigned to Columbus on May 16. He was on the Clippers’ disabled list from June 2-15 with a right forearm injury, a result of pain between his right triceps and elbow that reportedly started in spring training.
With the Clippers he is 1-4 with a 6.35 ERA.
While Salazar was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2008 by Cleveland, Sanchez was a first-round draft choice of the Blue Jays in 2010.
After an impressive big league spring training, Sanchez started the season in Double-A New Hampshire, going 3-4 with a 3.82 ERA in 14 starts.
Sanchez, who turns 22 on July 1, took a no-decision in his last start with the Herd. He gave up two earned runs on four hits in five innings with four strikeouts and four walks.
On Tuesday night, 4,828 saw Bisons starter Liam Hendriks throw a solid game.
He retired the first six batters on four ground outs, a strikeout and a fly out. He got into trouble in the third giving up a leadoff hit to Ryan Rohlinger, who advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Justin Sellers took first after he was hit by pitch. He was running when Tyler Holt hit a shot to second baseman Ryan Goins. Goins played the ball to shortstop Jonathan Diaz for the force at second but Sellers threw his hands up to try and break up the double play. As Diaz tried to throw to first for the double play, the ball hit Sellers in the wrist allowing Holt to reach on a fielder’s choice.
The Bisons unsuccessfully argued for interference on the play, but it didn’t matter as Hendriks struck out the next batter to end the inning.
In the fourth, he gave up a leadoff hit but Brad Glenn made a great catch in right field and Hendriks fanned the next two batters to keep the game scoreless.
“He did a pretty good job,” manager Gary Allenson said about Hendriks. “He got into a couple of little jams there but, hey, there’s no runs on the board, which is typical Liam Hendriks. … He’s as good as anyone working out of problems when guys get on base.”
When the game resumes today there will be one out in the bottom of the fourth. Jared Goedert will be on first after drawing a leadoff walk and Glenn will be batting with a 1-2 count.
Tonight’s Marcus Stroman T-shirt giveaway is for the first 2,000 fans at the Swan Street gate. Stroman, who was the Opening Day starter for the Bisons, had his best major league outing Monday night for the Toronto Blue Jays. He gave up one run on three hits with just one walk and seven strikeouts in an 8-3 win over the New York Yankees.
The game-worn throwback jerseys the Bisons wore for Saturday and Sunday’s Blue Jays weekend will be on sale at the Team Shop at 5 p.m. on Friday. The jerseys are first come, first serve.