Glenn helps Bisons end losing streak

11:20 PM, Aug 23, 2013   |    comments
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(bisons.com) - Brad Glenn ensured the slump ended.

This week, the Buffalo Bisons had their share of offensive shortcomings, scoring just two runs during a four-game losing streak heading into Friday night's matchup with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Consider that stretch a thing of the past.

Glenn smashed two mammoth home runs to straightaway center to drive in half of the Herd's runs in a 6-2 win over the IronPigs in front of 14,764 at Coca-Cola Field Friday to snap the four-game skid.

The outfielder, who also walked while going 2 for 3, attributed his big night to coaching that was instilled in him prior to hitting the field.

"I have to give a lot of credit to (hitting coach) Jon Nunnally, we got in the cage early, saw a few things with my timing and just a little rhythm thing," Glenn said. "I ironed that out in the cage and it helped me out in the game."

Just a veteran of eight games in Triple-A after Friday, Glenn has made an immediate impact in the International League. The 26-year-old has a hit in seven of his contests with the Bisons, carrying a .346 average to go with three homers, including a big fly in his initial at-bat as a Bison on Aug. 15.

Glenn noted he is comfortable in the environment surrounding him in Buffalo, especially with having had Nunnally as a hitting coach before. And since the Herd's starting outfield of two weeks ago is now in Toronto, Glenn has been a welcomed, and productive, addition to a lineup that looked rejuvenated Friday.

"I think Brad's just enthused about the opportunity to be here right now," Brown said. "Understanding it's going to lead into next spring and then find out where he's going to be for next year. He's been a pleasure to have so far."

In the third inning, Glenn drove his first bomb over the wall just to the left of the 404-foot sign for a two-run shot, extending Buffalo's lead to 5-2. He then capped the scoring by hitting a towering solo homer to center in the fifth, chasing IronPigs' starter Greg Smith from the game after 4 2/3 frames in the process.

Thad Weber (7-4) took the hill for the Herd, providing five solid innings and matching a season-high with eight strikeouts to pick up the win. It was the right-hander's first start for the Herd since Aug. 8, getting recalled by the Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 14 before being optioned back on Wednesday.

He didn't get much work during his week-long stint north of the border. Weber threw two relief innings on Tuesday for his only game action in the last two weeks. Due to that, he was conserved Friday, being relieved after throwing 79 pitches, but 51 of them went for strikes.

It was manifest in the first inning that Weber hadn't been on the mound much lately. The IronPigs took a 2-0 lead on Cody Overbeck's two-run single to left, which was one of four hits in the inning.

From that point, Weber settled back into a groove and continued the success he was having prior to the recall. He did not allow a hit in his last four innings, fanning out the side in the third en route to picking up his fourth win in the last five starts.

"We give him one inning as a mulligan and go on," Brown said of Weber, whose earned run average is 2.69. "I think he found his release point a little bit into the second inning and really commanded his breaking ball well. Once he got into a rhythm, you could see he was setting guys up and using it effectively."

Although Weber was prevented from working into the seventh inning for the fifth straight outing, the bullpen did a great job of protecting the lead. Scott Gracey, Tommy Hottovy, John Stilson and Jeremy Jeffress each threw an inning in relief, striking out five and allowing just one hit. The lone hit came against Jeffress with one out in the ninth.

The Bisons were pressed early with the two early runs by Lehigh Valley, but they responded immediately.

Mike McCoy led off the bottom of the first by singling and then stole second for his 27th swipe. Mauro Gomez's single scored McCoy from second, the Herd's first hit with runners in scoring position in four games. Andy LaRoche then doubled and Ricardo Nanita gave Buffalo a 3-2 lead they wouldn't relinquish with a double to left-center that plated Gomez and LaRoche.

"You have to give credit it Mauro because Mauro drove it in early and that kind of loosened up the whole club," Glenn said. "It was good to come back after the first inning and we just went from there."

The Bisons pounded out nine hits, and were much more selective at the plate, much to the delight of Brown. It was a chief reason the Herd was able to get the offense going.

"We didn't get over-anxious at the plate," Brown said. "Had a good idea of what we wanted to do, especially Brad. We made (Smith) work. He threw a lot of pitches in minimal innings, and it paid off for us."

 

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