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Bisons show sense of compete 


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There is nothing like closing out a home stand with a win. It gives you that all important lift before you head out on the road.

But what Buffalo Bisons manager Bobby Meacham is enjoying even more than Thursday’s 7-0 win over Rochester has been the sense of compete that his club has shown all year and especially during this home stand.

“Competing is underrated,” Meacham said. “We talk about development of talent. Swinging in the cage, but there’s something about competing against that pitcher every day. And competing to win playing time. It’s all about competition. Best guy gets to play. Best guy gets to keep playing. Best guy gets to move up. If I beat him, I go past him. There’s a lot to be said for that and I don’t think we pay attention to it enough some times.”

Meacham said that he sees players showing that sense of pride and battle where you want to be the best. You want to earn that playing time. Earn that call-up. But at the same time they are doing it in a supportive sense. Even though guys are battling for playing time it’s been a healthy competition where teammates challenge each other to be their best.

“It’s not an animosity thing, but it could be,” said Meacham.

“This is a good group of guys they’re fighting for their lives. They’re fighting for those that helped them get here. Fighting for the people they’ve got to support. Fighting to stay here. So it’s fun to watch them.”

“They’re probably mad at me if they don’t play. They’re not mad at each other,” Meacham continued.

“It’s a good thing. It’s a healthy thing. We all need to compete. If everybody gets a trophy, what the heck, anybody could do this. It’s tough to be a big leaguer. It’s great to strive and work your butt off to get there and eventually reach that too. Hopefully we can help a couple more get there.”

The Bisons were firing on all cylinders as starter Deck McGuire worked eight strong innings for his third win of the season.

He had great command of his fastball and was very effective with his curve and breaking ball. McGuire fearlessly attacked batters, largely due to the faith he had in his defense.

“I felt it was important to be aggressive,” McGuire said.


“Typically on a get away day. A day game. (The batters) are going to be aggressive so we kinda played that into our favor just hit spots and let them put it in play.”

Offensively the Herd sent 10 men to the plate in the third inning as they exploded for six runs on seven hits.

Danny Jansen’s two run double was the highlight of the third inning, but they also strung together three straight base hits with two outs.

It was the third time this season the Bisons batted around in an inning.

Meacham said McGuire set such a positive, quick tempo to the game it carries over to the hitting and helped everyone get in a good rhythm.

“That’s a big a deal when you’re playing defense out there and everything is crisp and you’re back in the dugout before you know it and ready to hit,” Meacham said.

“Deck did a great job.”

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