Brad Glenn is used to hitting home runs. That’s kind of his thing.
The outfielder led his respective team in home runs for three straight seasons — 2010 with Single-A Lansing, 2011 with Single-A Dunedin and 2012 with Double-A New Hampshire.
Sunday afternoon he knocked his first home run of the year as a member of the Bisons. The blast, which went 420 feet into dead centerfield bouncing off the outfield camera, put the Herd on the board and started their a 4-2 rain-shortened win over the Syracuse Chiefs at Coca-Cola Field.
Glenn has been an offensive powerhouse since being promoted to the Bisons on May 16. He is batting .414 in 16 games after hitting .235 to start the season in New Hampshire.
“I’m just concentrating on getting good pitches and trying to see the ball as best I can,” Glenn said. “After that it’s just pretty much up to where the ball goes.”
Bisons’ manager Gary Allenson is familiar with Glenn, having managed him in New Hampshire last season. With the Fisher Cats in 2013, Glenn hit .264 with 17 home runs and earned Eastern League All-Star status and win the Blue Jays Double-A most valuable player award.
“From having him last year, he had a tendency when things weren’t going well, when the homers weren’t coming he tried to pull the homer instead of just using the whole field,” Allenson said. “He’s much more patient. He’s using his hands good right now. And you’re not going to be locked in the whole year. He had a tendency at times to use his body a little bit too much … but he’s doing a good job right now.”
Glenn was making his second start after coming off an eight-game stint on the disabled list with a lower back strain. He went hitless on Saturday night, his first game back, but got his timing right on Sunday and turned on the second pitch in the fourth inning for the homer off Syracuse starter Taylor Hill.
“I was just looking to get something out over the plate. Usually I’m looking for a fastball,” Glenn said. “He happened to hang a changeup and the barrel was just there.”
Sunday morning the Bisons activeated right-hand reliever Luis Ayala after he signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.
The 36-year-old pitched in Double-A Bowie in the Baltimore Orioles organization for a month. He appeared in five games with a 5.06 earned run average in 5∑ innings.
Originally singed by Montreal in 2003, he has pitched in parts of nine major league seasons with the Expos/Nationals, Orioles and Atlanta Braves. He has appeared in 534 major league games going 38-47 with a 3.35 ERA.
The Bisons closed out their longest homestand of the season with a 4-6 record, but with wins in three of their last four games. … Sunday’s announced attendance was 7,494. … The Bisons hit the road for their next 10 games, starting with two in Syracuse today and Tuesday. The Herd plays tonight (7 p.m., Radio 1520, TWCSC) with Radhames Liz scheduled to start for the Bisons. Deck McGuire will get the start for Tuesday’s 10:30 a.m. game with a scheduled day off on Wednesday.