The offense returned for the Buffalo Bisons Thursday night. With 11 hits and their first two home runs after a 616 at-bat drought, the Herd earned a 6-4 win over the Toledo Mud Hens at Coca-Cola Field.
Home run watch: The drought is over as Brad Glenn stepped to the plate and crushed a two-out, two-run shot to left field in the first, giving the Herd a 2-0 lead. The last time the Herd homered was April 25 when Ezequiel Carrera went long in a game at Lehigh Valley.
And add another: Just 12 at-bats after Glenn homered, Melky Mesa sent a solo blast to left field to lead off the bottom of the fourth. The shot tied the game, 4-4.
Start it with two: The Bisons scored five of their runs with two outs. In the first, Matt Hague drew a two-out walk, setting up the home run by Glenn. In the third, Chris Dickerson had a two-out single and scored on a double by A.J. Jimenez. A single by Andy Burns with two outs in the sixth scored two more.
Into trouble: Scott Copeland had a solid outing until the fourth when the wheels came off. He gave up a walk and two singles to load the bases with one out. He then issued Manny Pina a four-pitch walk, scoring a run for the Mud Hens. That was followed by a two-run double from Jordan Lennerton to tie the game with a ground out to short by Josh Wilson scoring the go-ahead run.
Back to steady: Copeland settled back down in the fifth and sixth, facing the minimum thanks to a highlight double play started by shortstop Jonathan Diaz.
Hitting streak extended: Burns extended his hitting streak to nine games with an RBI single in the sixth. The Triple-A rookie has hit .277 (10 for 36) since May 6. He has four doubles, an RBI, four walks and two runs scored during that stretch.
Hitting streak ended: Hague’s league-best 14-game hitting streak came to an end Thursday as the slugger went 0-for-3 with a walk. His streak was the best in the International League this season. During the stretch he batted .333 (19 for 57), had a .387 on-base percentage along with three doubles, six RBIs and five runs scored.
Disabled list: Munenori Kawasaki was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to May 12. Kawasaki was hit in the head by a pitch on May 10 at Norfolk and has not played for the Bisons since. In 21 games for the Herd, he has hit .239 with one RBI and three stolen bases.
Pitchers of record: Copeland (3-1) got the win, giving up four runs on five hits in six innings with two walks and four strikeouts. Jose Valdez (0-2) took the loss, giving up two unearned runs on two hits with walk in 1∑ innings.
Time of game: 2:31.
Paid attendance: 4,805.
Records: The Bisons are 18-16, Toledo 12-21.
Next up: The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Randy Wolf (3-0, 1.00) is scheduled to start for the Bisons, while Toledo will start Thad Weber (2-3, 6.75). It’s a fridaynightbash! with gates opening at 5 p.m. for Flying Bison Happy Hour.