Vazquez rocks Herd
For the second time this season, the Bisons saw how Jorge Vazquez can control a game with not one, but two swings of the bat.
The Yankees first baseman hit a pair of home runs -his second multi-homer game against the Herd in 2011- in a 6-2 victory over Buffalo on Monday night from Coca-Cola Field. Both blasts were solo shots off Bisons newcomer Brian Sweeney in his first start with the club.
Sweeney breezed through the first inning with a pair of strikeouts. But Vazquez greeted the 36-year old righty with a deep drive to left-centerfield in the second inning to give Scranton/Wilkes-Barre the early advantage.
Then with two outs in the third inning, Vazquez hit another home run, his 11th of the season, to straight away centerfield. This blast cleared the old centerfield wall and gave the Yankees a 4-0 edge.
Vazquez homered twice and drove in three runs in another 6-2 win over the Bisons, this one on April 14 at PNC Field.
Justin Maxwell followed Vazquez’s second blast with his league-leading 12th home run of the season for a 5-0 lead.
To his credit, Sweeney battled through the end of his six innings of work. The righty had eight strikeouts and retired nine of the last 11 he faced. Sweeney was pitching in his first game since an April 29 start for the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League.
Buffalo scored solo runs in the third and seventh inning and brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth. With the bases loaded, Mike Nickeas hit into a 1-2-3 game-ending doubleplay.
BISONS NOTES:Dale Thayer pitched two perfect innings of relief with three strikeouts…Fernando Martinez hit a solo home run in the seventh inning for his second longball of the year…Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 0-4, failing to reach base for only the second time this year.