Mother nature enforced the mercy rule tonight before the Bisons could take an at-bat in the eighth, and it could not have come any sooner for Toledo. 16-2 was the final, in a game that saw Buffalo reach double digit runs in just the fourth inning. A wave of fog had been sitting over the city all day, and eventually hampered on field visibility enough to call the game. Perhaps if it had not been a two touchdown game the umpires would have been more patient, but luckily we did not have to deal with that.
This unbelievable offensive outburst came in support of Andrew Albers, who had received just six runs of support in all of his previous starts combined. As a result Albers entered with an ugly 1-5 record, but an impressive 2.29 ERA. The huge outpouring of runs of course worked in the favor of the lefty, as he was able to pound the zone, pitching for contact. He allowed both of the Hen's runs on just four hits and two walks striking out three in the process. It was a well deserved win for a guy that has been consistently solid for the Herd.
Clearly the story of this game is the offense, and everyone got involved. Each starter reached base at least once, and it would be nearly impossible to say who had the best day.
Brad Glenn had four hits, including a pair of hard hit doubles, which helped to raise his average over 70 points from the start of the home stand.
Chris Dickerson had two hits and five RBI's including a grand slam in the first inning that kick started the action.
Matt Hague had four RBI's on three hits including a beautiful home run that towered past the center field fence, falling just short of the scoreboard.
Overall it was the kind of resounding team victory that could send the Bisons in the right direction. The squad has dealt with their share of struggles and adversity to this point, but still sit within just a few games of first place. If the offense can carry this momentum forward, behind the team's plethora of pitching the result could be scary for the rest of the International League.
Daniel Norris takes the mound Sunday afternoon, in the last game of the home stand. It should be interesting to see what the lineup can pull off for an encore, and how the young phenom continues to develop. First pitch is at 1:05.