BUFFALO, N.Y. (From Bisons.com)- Marty Brown liked what he saw out of Brett Glenn in spring training.
As much as the Buffalo Bisons' manager wanted to see him in Buffalo to begin the year, that wasn't the case. Instead, Glenn went to Double-A New Hampshire where he was an Eastern League All-Star, flashing the power that impressed Brown in the spring with 17 home runs and 69 RBIs.
But Glenn got his chance Thursday afternoon and made the most of it in his Triple-A debut with the Bisons. He hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat, providing all of the offense in the Bisons' 4-2 loss to the Rochester Red Wings before 10,044 at Coca-Cola Field.
The 26-year-old wasted little time acquainting himself with Triple-A pitching because there merely wasn't much of it, being added to the roster just hours prior to the matinee. Due to a flight cancellation delaying his arrival, Glenn touched down in Buffalo shortly before 11:00 a.m. Thursday and was starting in left field two hours later.
In even less time from there, Glenn made quite an impact. To be exact, it was three pitches into his initial at-bat. Glenn lifted a 1-1 pitch to left field for a towering home run, giving the Herd a 2-0 lead.
"I hadn't seen the guy at all so I wanted to see a pitch," Glenn said of Rochester starter P.J. Walters. "I got to see his fastball, then he missed with a breaking ball, I figured he was coming back with a fastball. He just happened to miss enough over the plate for me to get to it."
Glenn is the first to homer in his first plate appearance as a Bison since Mike Baxter went deep July 26, 2011. The condensed time period to prepare to play for a new team was actually seen as advantageous to Glenn.
"Some guys were telling me, 'Don't overthink it,'" Glenn said. "I was like 'Hey, I just got here, I'm just wearing a different uniform. I feel like I did yesterday.' ... It all happened so fast. I just got here and then all of a sudden I hit a ball over the fence. It felt good."
The 6-foot, 2-inch, 220-pound Glenn prides himself at doing precisely what he did before his home run: be patient and get a pitch to handle. Brown preaches that his players have a "plan," or approach, at the plate, to see the right pitches to hit, which parallels Glenn's mindset. If Thursday is any indication, Brown won't change his preseason opinion.
"I'm just trying to be patient, trying to get balls over the plate," Glenn said. "Trying not to do too much too early. And it creeps back in every now and then but it's just something I have to stick with."
Glenn, who finished 1 for 4, gave another ball a charge in the sixth, pulling one toward to left-field wall again, but it died at the start of the warning track for a fly out. The power Glenn displayed is something that jumps out at hitting coach Jon Nunnally, as well as the athleticism a guy his size possesses.
With the Bisons seeing Munenori Kawasaki and Kevin Pillar getting promoted to Toronto on Wednesday, Glenn's bat may prove to be vital for the Bisons down the stretch in the playoff race. Quite the first impression was made Thursday, but it was no surprise to Nunnally.
"This is the second year I've had him," Nunnally said. "He's a very strong, powerful guy. The kid has a ton of power. He's a big, strong kid who can use the whole field. Just a tremendous talent."
In an Opening Day pitching rematch, Justin Germano took to the hill against P.J. Walters, though it was a role-reversal for the hurlers. Germano earned the victory in Buffalo's 12-7 win in the first game of the year, while Walters took the loss. Thursday, despite a strong showing, Germano (8-9) was tagged with the loss and Walters got the win.
The Herd right-hander tossed his first complete game of the season, on 102 pitches, 75 strikes. Germano allowed the four runs, two of them earned, on seven hits and a walk while striking out five and it marked the second straight start he threw at least eight innings.
The lone trouble he faced was in the fifth, when the Red Wings scored three of their runs.
With runners on first and second, Eduardo Escobar hit an RBI single to center. Darin Mastroianni also came around to score on the play, as Anthony Gose's throw to get him at third skipped passed Jim Negrych. Escobar was plated by Chris Parmelee, whose fly ball to right-center was dropped by a sprinting Moises Sierra, granting Rochester a 3-2 edge.
Aside from Glenn's explosive debut, the Bisons struggled to get much going offensively. They were held to seven hits and left eight men on base.
"You just have to give Walters some credit," Nunnally said. "He battled, he kept the ball down and we just didn't stay on the ball enough and keep it through the middle of the field. We had a couple situations where we probably could have put the game away a little bit but we just came up a little bit short."
The Herd and Red Wings will conclude their three-game series, which is tied at one, Friday at 7:05 p.m. Chien-Ming Wang (7-7) will start against Pat Dean (1-0).
BISONS NOTES: The Bisons have four more game with Rochester, two home and two away...Ryan Goins ended a three-game hitless streak by going 3 for 4...Germano allowed just two leadoff base-runners, and one was on an error.