I must admit it’s an awkward time to be a fan of The Herd with the fact that we currently are in bed with the Toronto Blue Jays and the fact that Toronto is not exactly our favorite city (re: Bon Jovi and his awful hair trying to take away our Bills and the Maple Leafs being the Maple Leafs and pretending like the Sabres aren’t rivals…). But with that being said, our relationship with the Mets sucked and Cleveland, so I don’t miss the Indians or the Mets.
It’s AAA baseball after all, so we gotta be in bed with someone and the Blue Jays happen to be the closest geographically located team… so at least there’s that. The big league club is having a fine season (by Blue Jays standards) despite choking away the AL East lead to Baltimore. They are at least still hanging around in playoff contention (bless you, second Wild Card).
But who cares about the Blue Jays? This is BuffaloBruises.com and we are here to root for all things Buffalo. Somehow the Bisons are still in the fight for a Wild Card birth, sitting behind our neighbors to the east the Rochester Red Wings and the Pawtucket Red Sox (who probably have terrible Tom Brady loving fans). Our neighbors farther east of course lead the IL North, those damn Syracuse Chiefs. While it’s nice to win the Thruway Cup, actually winning the IL North or making the playoffs is sweeter.
So now that we are all caught up on the finer things, a little excitement came to Coca-Cola Field last night as Edwin Encarnacion joined the Bisons on a rehab assignment. It was a nice jolt of excitement for the Bisons who saw their most exciting player and best pitcher (Liam Hendriks) traded to the Royals so that the Blue Jays could aquire a mediocre outfielder (Danny Valencia) at the end of July. Encarnacion’s presence was almost even as exciting as Bisons players doing the stupid Ice Bucket challenge the night before.
Encarnacion lived up to the hype, hitting a grand slam (!!!!) in the bottom of the second and scoring amongst everybody’s least favorite LaRoche brother, Andy. Meanwhile Kendall Graveman pitched 7 scorless innings allowing three hits, striking out two while walking one. The bullpen tried to f*ck it up, mainly Bobby Korecky giving up 4 runs at the start of the 9th but my man Sergio Santos got his second save since being DFA’d by the Blue Jays when he came in with one out in the 9th and struck out two. Why even around with Korecky? Santos should be the closer, that’s what he is.
Looking Ahead: Two more games against the Norfolk Tides at home, to Lehigh Valley to roast some Iron Pigs over the weekend, then some chances to do some work in the standings in the final two weeks of the month with 4 games both against the PawSox and Rochester.