Brad Glenn wasn’t sure how long it had been since someone on the Buffalo Bisons hit a home run.
He knew it was a long time. So long the players talked about started their own financial incentive in the clubhouse in the hopes of breaking the skid.
“We almost had a pot going just to get the blood flowing a little bit, get guys excited about hitting a home run,” Glenn said. “We definitely knew it had been a long time.”
Too bad for Glenn they never started collecting contributions. It was Glenn who broke the skid, crushing a two-out, two-run shot to left field to start the offense for the Bisons in a 6-4 win over the Toledo Mud Hens at Coca-Cola Field Thursday.
The Bisons had gone 616 at-bats without a home run. Glenn was at-bat 617. When last the Bisons sent a ball out of the park, Ezequiel Carrera was with the team, sending a solo shot over the wall at Lehigh Valley on April 25.
Glenn got all of the ball in his first swing at the plate in the first inning after Matt Hague drew a two-out walk.
“I just looked for a first-pitch heater and he threw it and it just happened to be down the middle and I just happened to hit it right,” Glenn said. “That’s what I was looking for and I got it. I knew. It’s been a long time since I’ve hit a home run, but I’ve hit a few in my day so I knew it was gone.”
Glenn has 108 home runs over seven minor league seasons.
He also has put together four straight games with multiple hits after he singled in the fifth.
“Honestly, I just stopped trying to be too perfect,” Glenn said. “Just know that mistakes are going to happen. I’m going to swing and look bad sometimes. I’m just trying to not make every ball hit the barrel, you know what I mean? Not be too perfect and that’s worked out for me the past few days and I’ll keep riding it as long as I can.”
The Bisons will keep riding their offense in general. While the Herd suffered their ninth shutout of the season on Wednesday, they’ve won three of their last four with plenty of offensive production. And two of those came without a long ball.
“As long as we’re putting up runs, we don’t really care how we do it,” Glenn said. “As an offense, we’re just trying to score runs.”
“To me the most important thing is to win the game,” manager Gary Allenson said. “You don’t have to win it with a homer.”
Case in point, the game-winning runs for the Bisons came in the sixth on a two-out single from Andy Burns.
The home run does make the offense run a little smoother over time, though.
“It’s easy for me because I don’t have to make any decisions,” quipped Allenson.
“We don’t have a lot of team speed … to hit a ball out of the ballpark with one or two on base is big,” Allenson added. “But you know, it’s just putting the ball in play. Getting a hit. I think too often you have someone trying to hit one out of the ballpark when a nice little single will do the job. Sometimes when you’re thinking homer you try too hard. You muscle up and the ball doesn’t go anywhere. It’s all about timing, where the ball hits the bat and if you get backspin the ball carries better. We have some guys with power. Sometimes power is streaky.”