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Herd’s bats spring back to life

The power from the Buffalo Bisons’ lineup was iffy to begin with. What existed has been shuffled north to Toronto to offer the parent club some assistance with lineup holes.

The Herd had lost four straight games while struggling at the plate, squeaking out a scattering of hits and the occasional run.

They busted out of the funk Sunday afternoon, pounding out 16 hits in a 7-1 win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

The 7,372 at sun-kissed Coca-Cola Field watched the Herd jump to a 4-0 lead and put an end to a woeful offensive stretch as well as the losing skid.

Every Bison had a hit, with Darin Mastroianni’s three-hit day and a two-run home run by Jared Goedert part of the offensive highlights.

“It looked like we were more aggressive,” Bisons manager Gary Allenson said. “Hitting is being patient to get your pitch and aggressive when you get it. We did a pretty good job of that. And it’s not every ball was hit on the button. Sometimes it’s good to be lucky in this game, too. We’ll take the combination of both.”

Brad Glenn was among those having breakout days at the plate. Glenn went 2 for 4 with two runs scored.

The outfielder was promoted to the Herd on Friday, a much-needed bat after Kevin Pillar and Anthony Gose were called up to the Blue Jays.

The 27-year old from Tulsa, Okla., was a possibility to make the Bisons out of spring training, but got caught in a numbers game as both Gose and Pillar started the season here.

Glenn was an Eastern League All-Star last year, playing in 111 games with the Fisher Cats. He made his Triple-A debut at the end of last season, homering in his first game with the Bisons on Aug. 15.

He started this season in New Hampshire, batting .235 with seven doubles, five home runs and 14 runs batted in 36 games.

But Glenn isn’t worried about roster moves. Those are beyond his control.

“To tell the truth I’m just trying to play my best while I’m here and whatever happens from here will happen,” Glenn said. “I’m just trying to win while I’m here.”

That attitude is what Allenson expected after having managed Glenn in Double-A last season.

“Glenn’s the kind of guy on the bench who talks it up and he’s into winning,” Allenson said. “Whatever it takes. That’s what he looks to do.

“He’s a guy who deserved a shot to be here this year,” Allenson said. “… So getting the opportunity now … I think it’s the concentration level of having a little bit more fun playing where he knows he belongs. That’s helped out there.”

And Glenn helped the Herd’s cause, driving a hard double in the first inning and having a hit fall in for a single in the seventh.

Both times he came around to score.

He raised his average to .308 and has now hit in three straight games for the Herd. His approach at the plate remains simple.

“Really, I’m just trying to see the ball as best I can and get the best pitch I can to hit. That’s pretty much it,” Glenn said.

“You know right now it’s a real grind for me, to tell the truth. There’s only a small portion of the season where it’s easy.

“Other times it’s really tough and then the other part is just the grind. I’m in that. Just trying to have good at-bats and help the team win.”

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