Bisons drop third straight to SWB Yanks
For the second night in a row the Bisons went into the late innings with a chance for a win, but for the second night in a row a late Yankees home run beat them. Jorge Vazquez’ home run didn’t leave the park in a rocket ship but it counted all the same.
The Home run bounced off the top of the wall in right field giving Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning. The Bisons dropped their third game in a row 6-3 against the Yankees at Coca-Cola Field.
“The Pitch Vazquez hit out, I mean it was low, it was down, and he just dropped the head on it and hit it out opposite field so you have got to give him a lot of credit,” said manager Tim Teufel.
After Vazquez’ home run in the eight the Yankees loaded the bases and added two more runs on a single and sacrifice fly to left field.
Valentino Pascucci tied the game in the sixth inning at 3-3 when he crushed his 16th home run of the season sending the ball bouncing down the highway beyond the left-field wall.
“It was almost the same pitch as my first at-bat when I flew out to left field, I came back to the dugout, I was like ‘I hope I see that one again sometime again’ and there it was,” Pascucci said. “And I put a good swing on it.”
The Yankees had taken an early 3-0 lead before the Bisons pulled within one run in the fourth inning. Jason Botts kicked off the inning by earning his second walk of the night, Josh Satin followed with his second single of the night.
Both Bisons scored on a Jesus Feliciano single into left-field, Feliciano was thrown out trying to take second base.
Mark Cohoon left with a no decision after five innings, giving up three runs on six hits, two walks and three strike outs. Cohoon has allowed three runs or less in seven of his last eight starts.
The Yankees might have taken the lead earlier in the game if Satin hadn’t made a spectacular diving play on line drive to third base. Satin picked the ball, got up, threw to second and onto first for an inning ending double play.
“Satins defensive play, the backhand was outstanding, to turn a double play on that is a tough play, a game changer at that point,” said Teufel. “Things could have been very ugly if he misses that ball.”
Game Notes: For the seventh time in eight starts Mark Cohoon gave up three runs or less in a game…Valentino hit his 16th home run of the season Thursday taking his RBI total to 71 which leads the International League…For the second night in a row the Yankees game winning run came on a solo-home run late in the game.