Brad Glenn’s Walk-Off Home Run Sends Buffalo Bisons Charging Over Red Wings
The Rochester Red Wings had everything they could have wanted going for them on Saturday afternoon as left-hander Tommy Milone headed to the mound for the visitors looking for his fifth win since joining the Red Wings. The lefty had been absolutely invincible, allowing only one run in nearly 32 innings, and he has pitched so well that one run is an insurmountable mountain for opponents to overcome.
Unfortunately for Rochester, the Buffalo Bisons had their own immovable object on the hill. Felix Doubront had not been scored on in his three starts since joining the Bisons pitching staff, a span of 15 innings. This had the makings of a true pitchers’ duel that would take the heroics of one man to be the difference in the game, and that is exactly what Brad Glenn provided in the 3-2 win.
The Bisons got on the scoreboard right away, when Dioner Navarro followed a one out single by Andy Burns with his first home run of the year. Dioner is on a rehab assignment with Buffalo, and the team could not have been happier when he gave them the 2-0 lead.
The lead did not last long, however. Kennys Vargas singled to begin the inning and moved to second on a walk to Josmil Pinto. Two batters later Eric Fryer singled to load the bases. Jose Martinez followed with a ground ball into left field that scored Vargas and Doug Bernier grounded out to score Pinto tying the game.
It looked like the pitchers’ duel was going to be more of a myth after the two teams scored four runs combined in the first two innings, but it wasn’t long before fans got to see why these two both have sub-one ERAs. After allowing the two-run first inning home run, Milone was absolutely dominant. The lefty gave up a walk in the second, and singles in the fourth, sixth and seventh. Buffalo simply could not mount any kind of attack against the Rochester Left-Hander
Doubront was pitching equally as well. Including the last two outs of the second inning, the left-hander retired 14 of the next 15 hitters, allowing only a fifth inning single to Bernier.
The two lefties were done after seven innings. Milone allowed 5 hits, a walk and 2 earned runs. He also struck out 6. Doubront gave up 6 hits, 2 hits and 2 runs. He struck out 5.
From that point it was time to turn it over to the bullpens, and both were up to the task through the eighth. In the ninth Bobby Korecky took over the pitching duties for the Buffalo Bisons and retired the side in order.
In the ninth Michael Tonkin began the inning, and after recording the first out he was done. Ryan O’Rourke relieved and struck out Daric Barton. Again the Rochester Red Wings went to the bullpen, and it looked like it was one pitcher too many. Lester Oliveros took over, and Brad Glenn delivered the walk-off solo home run over the left-center field wall to win the game. It was Glenn’s fifth home run of the year.
Oliveros (2-1) took the loss for Rochester. Korecky (2-2) was the winner.
The Rochester Red Wings got just six hits on the evening, two by Jose Martinez. The Buffalo Bisons recorded just seven. Six of them came off the bats of Navarro, Matt Hague and Glenn, who had two hits apiece.
These two teams go at it again on Sunday. Jason Wheeler (1-3, 6.02) gets the nod for the Rochester Red Wings.
By Robert Pannier