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May 4, 2013

Bisons fall to Bats, 6-5

Tonawanda News — BUFFALO — How long can the Blue Jays wait on Jim Negrych? 

Emmanuel Burriss' bases-loaded two-run single made the difference as Louisville topped the Buffalo Bisons 6-5 at Coca-Cola Field on Saturday afternoon. But the real story has become if the Blue Jays' brain trust will call up Buffalo-born Jim Negrych.

After all the hoopla of loading up for a championship run and adding big-name players like R.A. Dickey and Jose Reyes, the Jays currently sit in the American League East cellar with a woeful 10-21 record — 11 games back of first place. 

The Jays are hitting a lowly .226 team average. Negrych, meanwhile, is ripping up International League pitching as his .416 average currently leads the league after going 3 for 5 on Saturday. 

"(I'm) Just trying to get into a good hitting position early, see the ball and trying to put a good swing on it — get the barrel on it," Negrych said. "If it lands it lands, if it doesn't you're out."

After an 8-1 thumping at the hands of Seattle on Saturday, Jays manager John Gibbons told the media that despite his team's offensive struggles they would not be reaching to Buffalo for help.

While some players might be looking to the Great White North and wondering when the Blue Jays will call, Bisons manager Marty Brown said Negrych is a very grounded person who understands his spot in the organization.

"He's pretty level headed," Brown said."He understands what's going on and quite frankly he enjoys playing here. He comes to the park to play every day and if something would happen to where he would get that opportunity, I think he would respond."

A typical Western New York blue-collar guy, Negrych, who played for the IL in the 2012 Triple-A All Star Game that was played at Coca-Cola Field, has no trouble staying focused and listening to Brown's early-season words about being the best you can be while he is in Buffalo.

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