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May 4, 2013

Bisons fall to Bats, 6-5


Tonawanda News — "That's absolutely true. You can't worry about what's going on around you," Negrych said. "There's enough things that can occupy you being here — working on your swing ... you can't worry about anything else that is going on outside of what is going on in this game. It'll overwhelm you and be too much to handle."

Though Negrych remains satisfied with his place in Buffalo, his strong start combined with a great spring training with the Jays has people chattering his name — including the Blue Jays front office.

"I think they're all very much aware of what he's doing down here right now," Brown said. 

"Nobody (here) knows what going on up there (in Toronto)," Negrych said. "No one gets paid to know what's going on up there. ... I don't get paid to think about what's the next move for the GM in Toronto to make. My job is to come out here, going out there and perform and try to help this team win."

The Bats jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third inning that was highlighted by Henry Rodriquez' three-run home run blast that sailed over 367 feet. Buffalo fought back with a five-hit, three-run fourth inning that saw the Herd absolutely scorch the ball off Bats starter Pedro Villarreal.

Brown was happy to see the Herd battle back from the 4-0 deficit, but in the end missed changes are becoming an all too familiar story for the Bisons. In Friday's 4-3 win over the Bats the Bisons were just 3 for 19 with RISP and left 17 runners on base.

Notes: Former Bisons skipper Jeff Datz, 53, was recently diagnosed with cancer and has taken a leave of absence from his position as third base coach with the Seattle Mariners. Datz managed the Bisons in 1998 and 1999, leading the team to the Governors' Cup in 1998. The Bisons and Bats will wrap up their four-game series Sunday with a 1:05 first pitch. RHP Ramon Ortiz (1-0, 2.13 ERA) will take the hill for the Bisons against Louisville RHP Daniel Corcino (1-4, 7.65). The game can be heard on WWKB 1520 AM.

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