The beauty of baseball is that the chance to turn the page usually comes the very next day.
That’s the mindset the Buffalo Bisons have.
Reece McGuire went 2-for-4 with a pair of triples. But it wasn’t enough as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre handed the Herd a 6-3 loss in the in front of 16,295 fans on Independence Eve. The second largest crowd of the season.
The loss dips the Bisons to 38-39, one game under .500.
Looking at the record the immediate reaction is to find a way to start stringing some wins together to make up some lost ground in the standings while their future is still in their own hands.
While winning is certainly a concern Bison skipper Bobby Meacham said it’s not the only focus.
“It’s not so much winning and losing games. Right now I think it’s more of a performance thing,” Meacham said. “I’m seeing guys with a lot of talent, but if you were to ask me how so-and-so is swinging I’d say he’s swinging ok. We’ve got way too much talent in this entire lineup to be saying that. To me, it’s more the mindset of performance has to go up. The wins and losses, they are whatever (they are). We can definitely stack up more wins if we start swinging the bats better.”
The Bisons took a 1-0 lead when Anthony Alford’s steal of second base resulted in a pair of Railrider throwing errors which enabled Alford to score.
But a Rey Navarro (3-for-4, four RBI) two-run home run in the second inning set the tone for a 4-1 SWB lead by the fifth. The Bisons showed their trademark sense of battle posting two runs in the sixth. But once again having to try to claw their way out of a hole proved to be mentally taxing.
“Sometimes in the dugout we get down a few runs and for some reason, it’s like we’re down five already,” McGuire said. “But that’s when we’ve got to recoup and realize that we got a lot of ball game left. We can do damage (with) this lineup. We’re a couple swings away from getting back into it. Couple times we’re close in ball games, but for some reason, the vibe is a little bit we’re out of reach when we’re really not. We’ve just got to get back to that positive mindset.”
Jon Harris, who was making his second start as a Bison, took the loss. Giving up four earned runs on 10 hits. Though he did collect one of his five strikeouts when he fanned Tyler Wade to close out the fourth inning with two runners on base.
Meacham still firmly believes in his team. And thinks it’s a matter of each guy remembering to battle to the end each at-bat.
“It seems like early in games it takes a while to get is going, basically.” Said Meacham. “So we’ve got to look at that and see why. Ask some questions and try to find out what the guys who went up there are thinking and come up with a solution to get the bats going early.”
McGuire smiled and said he didn’t recall last time he had two triples in a game. He was just trying to be aggressive and make something happen.
“Sometimes your plan can change but that’s all something that you can control,” McGuire said. “Just try to stick with something and believe in it. If you don’t succeed in that at-bat don’t all of a sudden change. That’s a perfect example of this team right now. Sometimes we let our first ABs affect us throughout the game, but really we’ve got a lot of great ball players here. You’re gonna get four or five at-bats in a ball game so you can’t get down on one.”
Luis Cessa worked six innings to improve to 1-0. Raynel Espinal picked up his first save.
Former Blue Jays prospect Ryan McBroom was 3-for-5 for the Railriders. McBroom, who played in Double-A New Hampshire last year, went to the Yankees in the Rob Refsnyder trade.
The two clubs will continue their series over the next two days in Moosic, PA.
Matt Tracy who was just called up from the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays will get his first Triple-A start Wednesday.
The Bisons return home Friday to begin a weekend series against Syracuse.
Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro was in town for Tuesday’s game evaluating talent.