As you can imagine, Vinny Rottino was still in a good mood this morning after his three-homer game Saturday night, just the fourth by a Buffalo Bisons hitter in Coca-Cola Field's 25 seasons. Rottino drove in five runs in the 11-6 win over Indianapolis, and stunned everybody in the house with his three bombs when you consider he entered the game with just one home run on the season and only 74 in a 10-year career.
"That's kind of cool. Definitely," Rottino said. "I love minor league baseball. I love to play. I play as hard as I can every day but ultimately you're working on the stuff that will get you to the big leagues. That's what I've been doing. Stay consistent and see what happens."
What's going to happen is Rottino is likely joining the Mets in Pittsburgh tomorrow. They need another bench player when they get back to NL action after leaving the DH land of Toronto. Having another guy who can catch can help too. So Rottino's .316 average may only be in the Buffalo lineup one more day as the Herd meets Indy again in a 1:05 start.
Corey Wimberly, cf
Fred Lewis, lf
Vinny Rottino, c
Val Pascucci, rf
Matt Tuiasosopo, 3b
Jordany Valdespin, 2b
Josh Satin, 1b
Omar Quintanilla, ss
Jack Egbert, p
Three-homer games at Coca-Cola Field
Vinny Rottino vs. Indy, May 19, 2012
Val Pascucci vs. Indy, June 18, 2010
Dusty Wathan vs. Toledo, June 2, 2005
Jeff Manto vs. Iowa, July 14, 1997
If you missed last night's outburst, here's all six of the home runs by the Bisons, their most since connecting for seven against Syracuse on July 2, 2004. Solid nights behind the mic, as usual, for Ben Wagner and Duke McGuire.
Meanwhile, on the Mets beat, I had a chance to talk to red-hot David Wright prior to Friday night's game in the Rogers Centre and you can read his comments in today's Inside Baseball column. Wright is battling a head cold but he's back in the lineup today in Toronto.
New York Daily News columnist Bob Raissman has a good take on the honesty of Terry Collins. Especially in the wake of John Tortorella's tired act with the Rangers.