Nova leaves little doubt vs. Bisons

The Bisons dropped the second game of their three-game series with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 6-2, when they ran into Yankees starter Ivan Nova recently assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre from the New York Yankees.

The Herd scratched Nova for two-runs in the first-inning but that’s all the damage they could muster. Luis Figueroa leadoff the inning with a strike out but reached first on a wild-pitch, and moved to second base on Nova’s second-wild-pitch of the game.

Figueroa moved to third after tagging on a fly-out, and then scored after Fernando Martinez crushed a homerun into deep right-field. Nova gave up a leadoff double in the second-inning and then settled in for the night retiring the next 13-batters he faced.

After giving up a single in the sixth-inning to break-up his streak Nova continued to dominate the Bisons retiring 20 of the next 22 batters he faced. Nova struck out 10-batters giving up two-runs, six-hits, and one-homerun.

The Yankees tied the game in the second inning after Bisons starter Mark Cohoon gave up leadoff back-to-back doubles and a single. The Yanks scored the winning run in the fourth-inning but not without some controversy.

With one-out Jordan Parraz singled into center-field on a ball that appeared to be caught by Jesus Feliciano. The first-base umpire Craig Barron ruled that Feliciano trapped the ball between his glove and the ground and after a conference with the rest of the umpires awarded Parraz a single.

P.J. Pilittere followed with a double into left-field scoring the speedy Parraz all the way from first, giving the Yanks a, 3-2, lead.

The Herd loaded the bases with Bisons for Valentino Pascucci in the top of the eighth-inning with two-outs but Pascucci struck out stranding three.

The Yanks added three-runs in the eighth inning on an error and two-hits, one being a two-run homerun by Jorge Vazquez taking a, 6-2, lead.

Game Notes: The Mets selected Nick Evans contract and Jon Malo was recalled to the Bisons from Double-A…Mark Cohoon struck out a season high seven-batters, including the first three-batters he faced to start the game…Fernando Martinez hit his seventh homerun of the season and putting up the Bisons only runs of the game.

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