Buffalo, NY – It was a record breaking day for the Bisons in their home opener as they dominated the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 12-3 in front of an announced 10,905 fans at Coca-Cola Field.
The 12 runs broke the Bisons previous record for runs in a home opener, a 10 run outing in a win over Pawtucket in 2003.
While the bulk of the runs came in the fourth inning, the Buffalo bats were working early as right fielder Zach Lutz put the Bisons up 1-0 in the bottom of the second with a deep home run to right field. Buffalo would go up 2-0 when Jordany Valdespin hit in Adam Loewen on a fielder’s choice to first.
The Yankees would get on the board in the next half inning when Dewayne Wise blasted a three run homer to right field to give the Yankees the 3-2 lead. It was their only lead of the game as the Bisons would put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fourth.
With a man on and one out, Valdespin belted the ball over the Bully Hill party deck in right field to give the Bisons the lead back. That was just the beginning.
Just three batters later, Valentino Pascucci hit another two run home run for Buffalo, this time into deep left field out of the park on Oak St. Then, once again, Lutz smacked the ball out of the park just two batters later for his second of the game.
That homer also went into Oak St. where a passerby stood on the grass hill waving the ball after picking it up. Lutz said that he didn’t see the person who caught the ball, but he was told about it by teammates afterward.
His home run capped off a seven run fourth inning that put the game out of reach for the Yankees.
The Bisons would take on a run in 3 of the next four innings on their way to the 12-3 victory.
Manager Wally Backman said that he was proud of the way his team performed and hit the ball today.
“There’s more of that to come,” he said.
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