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Herd through the grapevine after Kids Day blowout

The Bisons had their biggest crowd of the season in Coca-Cola Field Thursday and a gathering that included more than 10,000 children saw the Herd's biggest offensive output of the season in a 15-2 rout of Indianapolis.

---They saw another home run from outfielder Lucas Duda. In 14 games since returning from the disabled list on May 28, Duda is 19-46 (.413), four doubles, seven homers, nine walks, 15 RBIs. 

Manager Tim Teufel on Duda: "He's dangerous. It's great to see him work through his swing. He was kind of struggling at the beginning of the year and now he's locked in and really swinging well. He looks like a very polished hitter right now."

---The Bisons have played five morning games this season, going 3-2 in them. An odd scheduling quirk to say the least, especially when you consider the bizarre luck to run into four of them on the road in four different cities.

IF Luis Hernandez on all the early starts: "It was a little tough for us with all the early games but it's part of the job. You have to come every day whether it's a day game or a night game. The good point here was to jump right in on the scoreboard right away. It was fun to see kids coming and enjoy the game. You pray nobody gets hit with a foul ball but it's nice to see them enjoying it, get out of school for a little bit and watch a sport."

---Hernandez is 6 for 12 in the last three games to get his average over .200 to .221. That run comes after starting the month 1 for 17. He had a career-high five RBIs Thursday, including a grand slam off Indy disaster pitcher Shelby Ford.

Hernandez on his big day: "I knew it was a position player throwing but it was a good feeling to have, especially the way I'm hitting right now. I'm getting confident at home plate so that's good for me. I knew he was going to throw everything fastballs to me. I just tried to get a base hit and the grand slam happened."

---Just like the parent Pittsburgh Pirates, Indianapolis is on a run back to .500. The Indians were once 11-23. They could have pulled even at 31-31 had they won Thursday. Instead, they're now 30-32. 

---Starting tomorrow, all Friday games are now 7:30 starts the rest of the season to accommodate darkness for the postgame fireworks shows.

---Mike Harrington


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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