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Quick Hits: Bisons 4, Gwinnett 3

The ball traveled high and fast to left field, bouncing off the foul pole.

It was a home run for Danny Jansen, his first in Triple-A and the solo shot proved the game-winning run in the Buffalo Bisons' 4-3 win over the Gwinnett Braves at Coca-Cola Field Friday night.

It was the first time Jansen had homered off the foul pole in his baseball career.

"I was like, please, just stop hooking," Jansen said.

It stopped hooking and gave Jansen another hit, another RBI, and likely another opportunity. The catcher has been on fire since joining the Bisons in his Triple-A debut on Aug. 4.

The 22-year-old, who was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013, started the season with Single-A Dunedin, then made his Double-A debut with the Fisher Cats. Over three different levels,  Jansen has eight home runs, 34 extra-base hits and 43 RBIs.

With the Bisons, he's hitting .482 (14 for 29).

"Obviously being healthy is a main thing," Jansen said. "And I guess it's not really thinking, just competing at the plate. That's kind of been the thing for me. I've always thought about my hands and trying to be someone I wasn't. Looking at YouTube to see a different swing, see if it would work for me. I just said in the off-season I'm going to do what my hands do and just see the ball and compete so that's what it's been."

Jansen had two hits Friday, his fifth multi-hit game in his first two weeks at Triple-A. After his first hit, a single in the first, he was hitting .500.

"Can you hit .500 in any league?" Bisons manager Gary Meacham said. "It's just great to see and his approach at the plate is so solid. … It's everything we talk about – get your foot down early, stay on the fastball. You're hitting off the fastball. If the guy throws 95, you get your foot down a little earlier. If his fastball is over the plate, you swing at it. If it’s not, you don't, and when they get to two strikes you battle like heck. … It sounds easy and we all know it works but to actually do that and let your mind do that is tough. Staying focused is key to continue the success he's having."

 

Early lead for Gwinnett: With two outs in the second, Kyle Kubitza singled to right. Michael Saunders played the ball on a hop, then slid as he fielded the ball. Rio Ruiz scored from second and the Braves had a 1-0 lead.

Responding: The Bisons answered with a run of their own with two outs in the bottom of the second. Jansen singled then scored on a double by Gregorio Petit that got caught up in the left-field corner.

Taking the lead: Christian Lopes singled then kicked his base running into high gear, scoring on a double to center by Michael Saunders. Saunders advanced to third when Gwinnett catcher Kade Scivicque misplayed the throw to home plate. With two outs, Rowdy Tellez singled to right, driving in Saunders and giving the Herd a 3-1 lead.

Hot streak continues: Saunders extended his hitting streak to 14 games. He's hitting .403 during that span with 10 extra-base hits and eight multi-hit games.

Rowdy's awesome August: Rowdy Tellez has hits in every game but one in August, hitting .354 (22 for 62) with six doubles while driving in 11 runs.

Tie game: The Braves tied the game in the sixth when Sean Kazmar Jr. drew a two-out walk and Ruiz homered to left.

Top prospect: Gwinnett left fielder Ronald Acuna was held without an RBI, and without a home run, an unusual occurrence for the 19-year-old. Acuna entered Friday's game with home runs in three straight games and RBIs in five straight. Acuna did have two hits and continues to be one of the hottest prospects in minor league baseball.

Spot start: T.J. House was the scheduled starter for the Bisons but was a late scratch. Murphy Smith took the spot start, giving up one run on four hits through four innings. He struck out three and gave up no walks in the outing.

Attendance: There were 12,386 at Coca-Cola Field for the last fridaynightbash! of the season.

Up next: The Bisons homestand continues at 6:05 p.m. Saturday with Buffalo scheduled to start lefty Brett Anderson against Gwinnett lefty Luiz Gohara. The homestand concludes at 1:05 p.m. Sunday.

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