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August 24, 2013

Bisons end slump with 6-2 win

Niagara Gazette — BUFFALO — Brad Glenn hit two home runs, both over the center field wall, to cap off a 6-2 win by the Buffalo Bisons over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs Friday night at Coca Cola Field in downtown Buffalo.

Like the night before, the Bisons fell behind early. Lehigh Valley rocked starting Bisons pitcher Thad Weber for four hits in the first inning alone, scoring two runs. The Bisons were able to stop the early bleeding, though, with a successful double play.

Buffalo manager Marty Brown suggested Weber simply needed to get back into a routine after returning from a nearly two-week stint with the Toronto Blue Jays, during which he saw very little action.

“He’s been off 12 days and he throws an inning and two thirds, then comes down with two days off and starts. We’ll give him one inning as a mulligan,” said Brown.

Weber settled down after a shaky first inning, pitching a total five innings during which he struck out eight batters and allowed no more runs or hits.

More importantly for Buffalo, the Bisons had a response to the IronPigs with their own early offense. In the bottom of the opening inning, the Herd also hit four times and scored three runs, two of them coming off a double by Ricardo Nanita.

They added two more runs in the third inning. After Andy LaRoche led off with a walk and Nanita flew out to left field, Glenn hit a two-run shot over the centerfield fence, his second homer in the International League this season. 

“He’s done everything we’ve asked of him,” said Brown of Glenn. “One of those things in spring training, you looked at him and thought ‘big strong guy, has got some power’ and unfortunately with the numbers we had he started out in AA (New Hampshire).”

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