Carrasco, Pascucci power Bisons
Valentino Pascucci hit his first homerun of the season and notched six RBI helping the Bisons beat Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Tuesday night At Coca-Cola Field 9-5. Meanwhile Bisons starter D.J. Carrasco kept the Yankees pinned down.
Carrasco struck out nine Scranton/Wilkes-Barre batters while giving up seven hits in five innings. He only gave up two runs both on a homerun by Jorge Vazquez in the third. Vazquez has hit three homeruns in two games at Coca-Cola Field.
“I felt like I was throwing the ball well, they weren’t putting the bat on the ball, or squaring anything up too much, other than the homerun,” Carrasco said.
Carrasco put two runners on in the second with one out before striking out the next two batters. In the fourth inning he loaded the bases on a walk and two singles. Carrasco escaped by getting Jesus Montero to ground into a force out.
“I think the more we get him out there the more he’s going to have a feel of comfort and executing his pitches,” said manager Tim Teufel.
Carrasco kept the Yankees within one long enough for the Bisons to tie the game. Following his bases loaded escape act Fernando Martinez hit a homerun to make the score 2-2.
The Herd took the lead in the fourth after Valentino Pascucci doubled down the left-field line scoring Nick Evans and Luis Hernandez making it 4-2.
“It was nice to see,” Teufel said. “We finally got some clutch hitting. Pascucci really came through tonight.”
The Bisons tacked on another run in the fifth and then two more in the sixth. Salomon Manriquez led off the sixth with a single and was followed by Pascucci’s homerun giving the Bisons a five run lead.
Bisons Relief Pitcher John Lujan gave up a leadoff homerun to Yankee Chris Dickerson in the seventh. Lujan gave up a single to Vasquez and then a double to Brandon Laird before being relieved by Manny Acosta.
With two outs and runners on first and second Acosta gave up a two-run-double to Jordan Parraz. Acosta struck out the next batter keeping the Bisons ahead by two.
Pascucci struck again in the seventh driving in Nick Evans and Luis Hernandez to put the Bisons in front 9-5.
“We’ve been talking the whole year; we have a great team here. I’ve been saying it the whole time, it’s just a matter of time till we have a game like this,” Pascucci said.