There’s nothing fancy about the way Brad Glenn goes to the plate. And that’s the point.
Glenn works each at-bat with a solid, consistent approach. It’s brought him success and the Buffalo Bisons some much-needed offense.
Glenn had two hits and drove in a run, extending his hitting streak to eight games and helping the Herd to a 4-2 win over the Rochester Red Wings in front of 4,680 at Coca-Cola Field Monday night. The win was the sixth in the last seven games for the Bisons.
The offense started early as Glenn had an RBI single in the first to drive in Adron Chambers. That hit kept his hit streak alive. Over the eight games, he is 14 for 30 (.466) with two doubles, two home runs and nine runs driven in.
“I’m just going up there and not trying to do too much,” Glenn said. “I’m just trying to get on base and have the best at-bat I can for the team. … I’m surrounded by really good hitters. … We’ve got a good lineup so I just tell myself to go up there and have a good at-bat every time.
Glenn started the season with Double-A New Hampshire and was promoted to the Herd on May 16. In 30 games with the Buffalo, he has hit in 26.
Don’t overlook the defense. He made a few big plays in right field, including a sliding grab in the seventh with a runner on third and the Herd nursing a two-run lead.
“That keeps a run off the board and who knows where the game would have gone from there,” Glenn said.
“Every out you can make is huge. Just be ready for every ball because up here, everybody can hit to all parts of the field. You just have to be ready every pitch.”
Glenn’s play in the outfield will continue to be a key for the Bisons, who again lost Anthony Gose and Kevin Pillar to the Toronto Blue Jays. Both were called up Monday afternoon after the Blue Jays suffered a pair of injuries on Sunday.
“He’s been really good out there,” manager Gary Allenson said of Glenn in the outfield.
“He’s not like Gose out there with the speed or Pillar with the jumps necessarily but he’s done a really good job. Obviously to play that way requires concentration and he’s always in the game.”
Andy LaRoche drove in two runs – one on a solo shot in the second inning and another in the third when he singled in Jared Goedert.
Chambers belted a solo homer in the top of the third to highlight his three-hit night. The outfielder, acquired by the Blue Jays in a trade with Houston earlier this month, is batting .370 since joining the Herd.
As anticipated, injuries in Toronto meant more roster moves in Buffalo. Brett Lawrie went on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right finger.
Jose Bautista avoided the DL but will be out of the lineup for a few days with a left hamstring strain.
That meant Gose and Pillar were back with the Blue Jays, who defeated the New York Yankees, 8-3, at Rogers Centre Monday night.
Catcher Erik Kratz was optioned to the Herd. Also, the Bisons activated pitchers Liam Hendriks and Steve Delabar, who were optioned by Toronto on Friday.
Reliever Austin Bibens-Dirkz was transferred back to Double-A New Hampshire.
The Bisons will continue their homestand with a four-game series against the Columbus Clippers starting tonight (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). Hendriks (6-0, 1.92) will start for the Herd against T.J. House (1-3, 3.42).