Bisons bombarded by Yankees
During his first game, in his first at-bat Mike Baxter sent the first pitch he saw in a Bisons uniform over the right field wall. The last time a Bisons player homered in his first at-bat was Javier Valentin on May 15, 2009.
Baxter’s home run gave the Herd an early lead that wouldn’t last past the fourth inning as the Yankee’s piled on 11 runs, steam rolling the Bisons 11-2 at Coca-Cola Field on Tuesday night.
“I was just trying to move the runner there and he gave me a pitch inside that worked well,” said Baxter.
Baxter had just been activated from Single-A St. Lucie after Jose De La Torre was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder impingement. Baxter finished the night 1-3 with a walk and two RBI on the homer run.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s 11 runs were powered by three home runs, a two-run home run, a solo-home run, and a three-run blast that gave the Yankees a nine-run lead. Five of the 11 runs driven in came with two outs in the inning.
“We faced a good team, they hit some good pitches actually,” said manager Tim Teufel. “Sometimes the hitters do beat th pitchers, and tonight that was the case.”
Yankees top prospect Jesus Montero drove in four runs, including three on a home run in the sixth-inning. Taylor Tankersley was the only Bisons pitcher to retire Montero, striking him out in the eighth inning.
Greg Golson was the only Yankee not to get a hit Tuesday night but still managed to score three runs.
The only Yankee to be kept out of the hit column was Greg Golson, but that didn’t stop him from scoring three-runs.
“They beat you different ways the long ball a few times, the gaps, so when you face a good oppenant you have to be on your game all the way around,” Teufel said.
Until Tuesday night all previous nine games between the Bisons and the Yankees were decided by four runs or less. The Bisons fell to 26-29 at Coca-Cola Field, and 4-6 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.
Game Notes: The Bisons activated Mike Baxter from Single-A St. Lucie and placed Jose De La Torre on the disabled list with a right shoulder impingement…Baxter drove the first pitch he saw in a Bisons uniform out of Coca-Cola Field, the last time that was done it was May 15, 2009 when Javier Valentin hit a home run in his first Bisons at-bat…The Yankees fell a grand slam short of a home run cycle getting a solo-home run, a two-run homerun and a three-run homerun Tuesday night…Tuesday was the first game between the Herd and Yankees that wasn’t decided by four-runs or less.