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When the coaching staff says run out every play every time they mean it.
The Bisons were reminded of that in no uncertain terms during Thursday night’s 3-1 loss to Rochester.
Trailing 3-0 with bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the first Rowdy Tellez hit a harmless pop up that was caught by Rochester first baseman for the final out.
But the fact that Tellez showed zero hustle down the first baseline earned him an early exit from the game.
“We decided a long time ago as a team that we’re not gonna settle for just being mediocre. We’re gonna run the bases hard and he didn’t run the bases hard so he came out,” Bison manager Bobby Meacham said after the game.
“I didn’t have to take him out he knew he was coming out. So that’s just the way it went.”
This move was an example of what Meacham and players were saying at the start of the season. With so much depth and talent everyone was going to have to fight and earn playing time every game.
“We discussed it. What kind of a team do you want to be?” Meacham said. “Do you want to be the kind of team people are proud to watch-Hey I love the way those guys go after it. Or are you gonna be a normal team just like everybody else. Pop it up and don’t run? And we decided as a team that we didn’t want to be that team that didn’t run balls out. When it happens you’re letting your teammates down. Rowdy he knows that. We just have to keep going from there.”
Holding Tellez, who is ranked No. 16 ranked prospect in the Blue Jays system, accountable sends the message anyone can get pulled if they don’t play to their potential.
“I said did anybody say anything to you? Your teammates?” Meacham said. “He said yeah. Which was good to know.”
Kenny Vargas’s two-run single in the first provided the insurance runs Rochester would need. While starter Adalberto Mejia fanned six to pick up the win.
Danny Jansen (2-for-4) drove in the Bisons only run with a double in the third inning.
It was Jansen’s 37th RBI of the year.
“We got a lot of hits,” Jansen said. “We just couldn’t do much more than that.”
As part of minor league baseball’s trend of food themed uniforms the Bisons wore specialty designed “Wings” caps and jerseys.
Rochester wore it’s “Garbage Plate” uniforms.
Both teams will wear these uniforms for the entire weekend series.
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