Brad Glenn didn’t have much time to think.
That was a good thing.
Promoted to the Bisons from Double-A New Hampshire, his flight into Buffalo didn’t land until 10:45 Thursday morning. He arrived at Coca-Cola Field around 11:30 and took some swings inside the cage at noon, ready for his Triple-A debut at 1:05.
He drilled the third pitch he saw into the left-field screen for a two-run shot in the second inning, driving in all the runs for the Bisons in a 4-2 loss to Rochester in front of 10,044.
“It all happened so fast. I just got here and then I hit a ball over the fence,” Glenn said. “It felt good. Some guys were telling me, ‘Don’t overthink it.’ I’m like, ‘I just got here. I’m just wearing a different uniform. I feel like I did yesterday.’ ”
Yesterday, generally speaking, was pretty good for Glenn. A 2009 draft pick of the Toronto Blue Jays, he has spent the last two seasons with New Hampshire. He was an Eastern League midseason All-Star and in 111 games with the Fisher Cats, batted .264 with 28 doubles, two triples, 17 home runs and 69 runs batted in.
“I’m just trying to be patient,” Glenn said. “Trying to get a ball over the plate. Not to do too much too early. It creeps back in every now and then, but it’s just something I have to stick with. After four or five years, you start to realize what your strengths are and what your weaknesses are. That’s what I’ve been working on, just getting something I can handle.”
It took him three pitches to find one he could handle in the second inning for the Herd. Richardo Nanita led off the inning with a single and Glenn drilled a 1-1 pitch to put the Bisons up, 2-0.
“I hadn’t seen the guy at all, so I wanted to see a pitch,” Glenn said. “I got to see his fastball. Then he missed with a breaking ball and I figured he was coming back with a fastball in and he just happened to miss enough over the plate for me to get to it.”
Glenn’s addition to the team becomes even more important as reports from Toronto had Anthony Gose in the Blue Jays’ clubhouse Thursday night as the club finished its home series with the Boston Red Sox and prepared for a three-game series in Tampa against the Rays.
“Brad Glenn, I’ve had him for a couple years now,” said Bisons hitting coach Jon Nunnally. “He’s a very strong, powerful guy. He worked the count pretty good, got a good pitch to hit and didn’t miss. … The kid’s got a ton of power.”
But that would be it for offensive highlights for the Bisons, who ran into defensive troubles in the fifth inning when two errors cost the Herd runs.
With two outs, Justin Germano walked Darin Mastroianni. A single from Eduardo Escobar drove in one run and third baseman Jim Negrych misplayed a throw from center field, allowing Rochester to tie the game, 2-2.
With Escobar on first, Chris Parmelee reached on an error by right fielder Moises Sierra. Escobar scored for a 3-2 Rochester lead.
The Red Wings got an insurance run in the seventh on a solo homer from Eric Fryer.
Meanwhile, the Herd’s offense failed to capitalize on opportunities. It went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position, stranding eight base runners.
Rochester starter P.J. Walters (6-3) got the win, giving up two runs on six hits in seven innings.
“You’ve just got to give P.J. Walters some credit,” Nunnally said. “He battled. He kept the ball down after the second inning. We just didn’t stay on the ball enough and keep it in the middle of the field.”
Nunnally addressed the media after the game instead of Bisons manager Marty Brown, who was ejected in the eighth inning after first baseman Clint Robinson was tossed for arguing a called third strike.
Germano (8-9) pitched a complete game for the Bisons. Only two of the four runs he allowed were earned. He struck out five and walked one.
With the loss, Buffalo falls 3½ games back of Rochester in the IL North Division race.
The Bisons wrap up the homestand and the series with Rochester tonight (7:05 p.m., TWC, Radio 1520). Righty Chien-Ming Wang (7-7, 2.71) is scheduled to start for the Bisons against lefty Pat Dean (1-0, 1.23).
Buffalo then travels to Pawtucket for a four-game series with the PawSox starting Saturday in a head-to-head showdown with implications for both the IL North and wild-card races.
Heading into Thursday, Pawtucket was two games back of Rochester in the IL North and half a game head of Buffalo in the wild card.