There was no need for Brad Glenn to catch the replay on the video board. He had the play-by-play going in his head. And he had his teammates laughing so hard, they could barely finish off their jobs that inning.
In the box score, Glenn had a two-run triple then scored on an error in the eighth to give the Buffalo Bisons a 3-2 win over the Louisville Bats in Coca-Cola Field Sunday afternoon.
But the way he scored his run will surely be forever memorialized in video.
Here’s the scene:
The Bisons trailed 2-0 in the bottom of the eight. With one out, Matt Hague drew a walk followed by a single from Chris Colabello and both advanced on a wild pitch. Glenn stepped to the plate with two outs and runners in scoring position.
He drilled a shot to right center field, scoring both Hague and Colabello to tie the game.
Glenn hustled to third, beating the throw which, as it turned out, rolled away toward the visitor’s bullpen.
That’s when Glenn busted for home. Only Glenn was pretty winded already from stretching out the triple. He started his slide too early, came up short and crawled his way across the plate.
That’s one way to score the winning run.
“He probably needed an oxygen mask for the last 90 feet,” manager Gary Allenson said. “But that was a big hit.”
“All I heard was Gary say “Go! Go! Go!” and I don’t know if you could tell but about 20 feet from third my legs started to go out a little bit,” Glenn said. “The last 90 feet was just hard. It was hard. … The toughest thing was when the dust settled I was about four inches short of home. I was like I gotta get there. I don’t know if the catcher’s got the ball. I just gotta get there and I extended as much as I could. That’s funny. That’s baseball. It’s fun.”
It was so funny, Hague dropped to his knees laughing before greeting Glenn at home. Ryan Schimpf, the next batter up for the Herd, told Glenn he could barely take his at-bat he was still laughing while Chad Ochinko was having trouble keeping it together as bullpen catcher, warming up closer Bo Schultz.
“I was getting crushed,” Glenn said of the chirping from his teammates. “You do something like that and it’s fair game. I’m not going to mad about that.
“If you guys haven’t noticed I haven’t exactly been running the bases much lately. It was the first time in about three weeks I’ve run the bases and you know what, I’m just happy we won the game.”
The outfielder has been struggling offensively this season. He entered the game on an 0 for 9 streak, hitting just .115 in 15 games for the Bisons.
He singled in his first at-bat the grounded out to third and into a fielder’s choice before his triple in the eighth.
“He’s started to come around recently,” Allenson said. “He’s getting it on the barrel of the bat. He wasn’t doing that. He struggled a little earlier in the game getting his pitch to hit. He obviously got his pitch to hit in that at-bat. All it takes is one. You struggle enough, you get one going, it gets your confidence up there.”
Confidence, maybe. Relief, certainly.
“For me, being able to drive the ball right center and having that feeling in a game finally was like, ‘oh my gosh, there it is,’” Glenn said.
“I just try to tone it down a little bit in the box. Not try to do too much. Not try to hit an eight-run home run every time I’m at the plate. Instead, just have good at-bats and try to drive the ball the other way. It’s been helping me the last few games.”
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