Montero’s blast beats Bisons
The Bisons looked like they were headed on a roadtrip with a three-game winning streak. That is until Jesus Montero finally broke through against the Herd.
Held in check for most of the four-game series in Buffalo, the Yankees top prospect launched a three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning to give Scranton/Wilkes-Barre the 5-3 win over the Herd on Thursday afternoon from Coca-Cola Field. The defeat ended the Herd’s two-game win streak and denied them their first series win of the season.
Montero was just 2-15 in the first three-plus games of the series as the Bisons took two of three from their IL North rival. But the catcher came through with two runners on base and two outs in the eighth.
After Bisons reliever Taylor Tankersley gave up a single to Chris Dickerson and a walk to Dan Brewer, the Herd turned to Bobby Parnell. Montero greeted the Mets reliever with an opposite-field blast that gave the Yanks the lead for the first time in the game.
“I think the pitch was a little bit up and Montero’s got that deep threat swing, just drove it out of right-center,” Bisons manager Teufel said. “It’s a tough pitch to drive out that way; he did a great job of getting hold of it and putting it out.”
The home run was only Montero’s second of the year and first since April 9 in Rochester.
Montero’s home run spoiled a great outing from Bisons starter Josh Stinson. The righty worked 7.2 innings and struck out six. He was in line for his second win of the season until the eighth inning.
“Stinson had a better sinker, followed through a lot better, mechanics were a little bit more ironed out than the last game,” said manager Tim Teufel. “He lives on that sinker and if he has a good sinker he usually has a nice day.”
The Bisons didn’t wait long to get on the board in the second inning. With Luis Hernandez on second and Nick Evans on first, Herd newcomer Michael Fisher doubled in the game’s first run. Evans scored on a ground out by Salomon Manriquez.
Up, 2-0, the Bisons added a third run when the red-hot Valentino Pascucci hit his second homerun of the season into center-field.
“When you lose a game late like that it’s going to be one of those things you have to deal with in baseball,” said Teufel.
Game Notes: The Bisons are 3-4 when playing the Yankees…This was Josh Stinson’s longest start since he threw a complete game in the teams finale against Rochester last year…Valentino Pascucci continues his hot streak getting his second homerun in three games…The Bisons have yet to win a series so far this season splitting seven and losing three.