Buffalo 6, Toledo 4: Bisons Find the Long Ball

In a Major League season, a player normally tallies near 600 at bats. It took the Buffalo Bisons that season's worth of at bats, plus some to finally hit a home run.

The drought ended at 616 at bats to be exact, when Brad Glenn blasted a high fastball out to the screen protecting the I-190 entrance ramp in left field against the Toledo Mud Hens Thursday night. The 2-run shot came in the first inning following a Matt Hauge walk. The bomb was Glenn’s first home run of the 2015 season. Glenn and the team were well aware of the drought. “It felt like a long time,” said Glenn. “We almost had a pot going just to get the blood flowing a little bit.”

The Bisons would add to their early lead again in the third inning off of an AJ Jimenez double that one-hopped the left center field wall and scored Chris Dickerson, who singled earlier in the inning.

However, the Mud Hens would erase the lead and add another in the fourth inning. Toledo worked the bases loaded with a pair of singles and a walk. Buffalo starter Scott Copeland (W, 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 SO) then walked in a run on four straight pitches and gave up a two run double in the right center gap. Another run would score from third on a ground ball out before the rally was eventually ousted.

The Bisons stuck with their unfamiliar, but pleasant new theme of the long ball in the bottom of the fourth inning. Melky Mesa led off with a home run over the left field fence, the ball exiting his bat at 100 MPH. That long ball tied the game 4-4, a score that would stick until the sixth inning.

A lazy, can of corn fly ball that landed for an error started the Bisons rally, though the batter Caleb Gindl would eventually be thrown at home trying to score. Mesa added to his impressive day with a double, while Dalton Pompey reached on a fielder’s choice and stole a base. Andy Burns tacked on the two RBI with a single to center field, before being thrown out trying take second. The Herd finished the inning adding two runs to their total.  

That Bisons 6-4 lead would be comfortable enough for the victory Thursday night. Bo Schultz came in to close the game in the ninth inning, taking the Mud Hens out in order for his seventh save of the season.

Buffalo and Toledo meet again Friday night at Coca Cola Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.