In his first week at Triple A, Brad Glenn already has found a comfort zone.
He already knew many of his teammates in the Buffalo Bisons clubhouse, having played with them before in Double-A or in spring training.
He already had faced some of the opposing pitchers, as promotions are common this time of the year.
The comfort and the opportunity have come together nicely for Glenn, who smacked a pair of home runs to the deepest part of the park Friday night. His performance helped propel the Bisons to a 6-2 win over the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
A crowd of 14,764 at Coca-Cola Field saw the Herd end its four-game losing streak and avoid its first five-game skid of the season. And they saw Glenn continue to make an impression in his first stint at Triple A.
“He’s done everything we’ve asked of him,” manager Marty Brown said. “It’s one of those things in spring training, you looked at him and thought, big, strong guy who’s got some power. And unfortunately with the numbers we had, he started out in Double-A, but for me, he was a much-considered guy to have here from the beginning of the year.”
Glenn was an Eastern League All-Star in Double-A New Hampshire and made an impact in his first at-bat with the Herd, knocking a home run on Aug. 15. He has a hit in seven of his first eight games with the Herd and is batting .346.
“It’s been good,” Glenn said of his first week in Triple A. “I’ve played with a lot of these guys before. I had Jon Nunnally as a hitting coach before. I’m comfortable in this environment. Marty’s made me feel welcomed. I feel good here.”
And while his numbers have been good, he took some extra work in the cage before the game with Nunnally, smoothing out some timing and rhythm issues.
Those tweaks paid off. With the Herd nursing a 3-2 lead, Glenn belted a two-run shot to deep centerfield in the third inning. In the fifth with two outs, he belted another shot to dead center, giving the Bisons a 6-2 cushion.
“I think Brad is just really enthused about the opportunity to be here right now, understanding it’s going to lead into next spring and to where he’s going to be for next year,” Brown said. “He’s everything I’ve heard about him. He’s a great teammate. He’s going to find out how good he can be. He’s been a pleasure to have so far. I’ve enjoyed managing him, not just because he hit two home runs tonight but just having him day to day in the clubhouse. It’s fun to talk to him about baseball.”
Friday, the Herd fell behind early as starter Thad Weber returned from his call-up to the Toronto Blue Jays. Off his rotation and used little by the Blue Jays, Weber looked rusty in the first inning, giving up a single and double to start the game. Cody Overbeck’s two-run single gave the IronPigs the early lead.
But the Herd answered right back.
Mike McCoy singled, stole second and then scored on a one-out hit from Mauro Gomez. Andy LaRoche doubled to put runners at second and third with one out. Ricardo Nanita cashed in the runs with a double, giving the Herd a 3-2 lead.
The runs helped the Herd end an 0 for 14 streak with runners in scoring position – a drought that lasted over four games.
“You’ve got to give credit to Mauro because Mauro drove it in early and that loosened up the whole club,” Glenn said. “It was good to come back after the first inning and come back from there.”
Weber (7-4) settled in after the first inning, giving up two runs on four hits in five innings. He struck out eight against three walks and one wild pitch.
The Bisons pulled within 3ø games of IL wild-card leader Rochester and four games of first-place Pawtucket in the North Division.
The series continues tonight (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520) with lefty Sean Nolin (0-1, 3.38) scheduled to start for the Herd against lefty Adam Morgan (2-5, 3.68).