Friday Night Lights in Buffalo

by Dan Langille | Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2016
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Coca-Cola Field
Last Friday I was blessed with a girlfriend-free night and the sun shinning. And because of this, I took in the Buffalo Bisons game. With a “quick” trip over the border I was drinking a beer in the sun and waiting for the Bisons players to take the field.

My original plan was to be there to observe Dalton Pompey and Junior Lake as they try and make the climb into the big league roster at some point this season; however, all that changed. After the first half of the inning where Wade LeBlanc gave up a solo home run it was time for the Bisons to take the field. Pompey was leading off this game going in with a.500 average. This is the exact point where I met Alex Meyer of the Rochester Red Wings.

Alex Meyer

Meyer came out and threw a 98 MPH fastball right down the pipe to Pompey. Now you might think much of this, however, the man is 6’9, and that can definitely have an impact on how you approach a pitcher. His second pitch to Pompey he gave him an off speed pitch that was 81 MPH, but realistically after seeing the heater it probably looked more like 61 to Pompey. This exchange of heat ranging any where from 95-99 MPH is something we watched for 6.1 innings. Meyer only gave up 3 hits and 0 ER over that span, oh and he also racked up 8 strikeouts to go with it. He kept his velocity right around 97 until getting pulled.

So I asked myself after he exited the game in the bottom of the 6th, why is he still in AAA and not helping the Minnesota Twins? Meyer has seen some big league action in the way of relief out of the bullpen last June in 2 games. Meyer worked 2.2 innings giving up 5 runs. Back in March, Terry Ryan, Twins manager had said that the organization wanted him to work on his pitches and that he cannot do that while working in the bullpen for the Twins. Meyer was acquired in a trade back in 2012 with the Washington Nationals in exchange for CF Denard Span and is a first overall draft pick by the Nationals in the 2011 draft.

The Game

In a pitchers duel, that was a 2-1 final for the Red Wings it was a very exciting baseball game. After giving up a solo in the first Leblanc had settled in and began to work his pitches quite well. Wade was mixing his fastball and off speed very well giving him his final line of 6.1 with 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, and striking out 6. Lake dazzled with his outfield defense by running down a fly ball in foul territory a few ocaissons. Jiovanni Mier who had the only Bisons RBI of the game which came in the 8th, also had the best walk-up music of anyone. Pompey did not disappoint with his defense either, making 2 sliding grabs in centre field, both of which would have been extra bases.

There was at least someone going home happy with the Bisons loosing that night, a guy had asked a girl to prom via the jumbo-tron. She said yes.

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Dan Langille
About the Author

Dan is a baseball nut, just trying to find the peanuts. Partial to the Blue Jays. Insurance adjuster by day and baseball writer by night. You can call me Night Writer. Find me on Twitter @allthingslang.

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