Bisons have a blast supporting Carrasco

D.J. Carrasco retired the first 14 batters he faced in a dominant performance for a 3-2 pitcher’s duel win to start the Bisons’ four-game road series with the Gwinnett Braves Friday night.

After four perfect innings, Carrasco walked his first base runner, Brandon Hicks, with two outs in the fifth on a full count. The next batter, Shawn Bowman, broke up Carrasco’s no-hitter with a hard ground ball just out of reach for shortstop Luis Figueroa.

On the other side, the Bisons used the long ball to take a slim lead against Braves starter Todd Redmond.

Michael Fisher produced the game’s first run with a solo shot off of Redmond in the third inning. In the sixth, Valentino Pascucci rocked another solo homer over the center-field wall.

Lucas Duda continued the trend with an eighth-inning solo bomb against Redmond.

Carrasco escaped a jam with two base-runners and one out by striking out Hicks and Bowman to end the seventh. In total, the veteran scattered four hits with one earned run over eight and two-thirds innings with three walks and seven strikeouts.

Redmond allowed all three of the Herd’s runs with eight hits with no walks and five strikeouts over eight complete innings before a perfect ninth by reliever Juan Abreu.

Carrasco got a chance to finish the complete-game shutout, setting aside Stefan Gartrell and Jeff Fiorentino before a single by Hicks.

Erik Turgeon, freshly called up from Double-A Binghamton, allowed a two-run homer to Bowman before Bubba Bell made a diving grab to rob J.C. Boscan and end the game.

Game Notes: With the win, Carrasco snapped a two-start losing streak… The righthander has now worked at least five innings in each of his last six starts and allowed three or fewer runs in all of them… The Herd won a home series with the Braves 3-1 last weekend in doubleheaders May 29 and 30… The game took an efficient two hours and 14 minutes.

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