Pascucci Walk Off Blast Beats Toledo

9:48 PM, Aug 20, 2011   |    comments
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( With no outs in the 11th inning and a man on first base you want your power hitter stepping into the batter's box that's exactly what the Bisons had, and their power hitter didn't disappoint. Valentino Pascucci leading the team in RBI and home runs delivered his 19th home run and his 84th and 85th RBI.

Pascucci's two run shot gave the Bisons a 4-2 win in the final Friday Night Bash of the season and a 3-1 series victory over Toledo sending the fans home happy after an explosive win at Coca-Cola Field.

"Pascucci delivers the big blow opposite field game winner two-run home run walk off followed by fireworks at the Stadium," manager Tim Teufel said. "You couldn't ask for a better ending of a game."

Taylor Tankersley struck out three Mud Hens in a row in the top of the 11th inning before giving way to the Bisons three and four hitters. Zach Lutz, already with a home run to his credit Friday night earned a walk to lead off the 11th. Pascucci walked up to the plate with no outs and Lutz on first.

"I got 2-2 and fouled off a cutter before that, and then he tried to go with it again and left it up in the zone, cut right into the barrel I guess, cut right over the plate, I went with the pitch instead of trying to pull it and when I hit it I had a pretty good feeling it was going out," Pascucci said. "He left it up, right in the wheel house."

It was the Herd's seventh walk off win this season, and the first time that Pascucci has driven in the winning run. Jesus Feliciano, no stranger to walk off hits, tied the game in the bottom of the ninth inning with a 2-2 count and two outs.

"It was a tough battle, Feliciano really took a pitch that was close, but it was a ball, it was low, but he does that he has a great eye, and then he got a pitch up and he gets a base hit to tie the ball game, it's just great hitting and great competition out there," Teufel said.

The Bisons hadn't had a runner in scoring position until they were down a run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, when Feliciano drove in Lutz for the game tying run.

Until the Eighth inning The Bisons shut down Toledo's offense with Schwinden square-dancing his way out of trouble in the fourth and fifth inning. Schwinden stranded five runners in the two innings including a bases loaded jam in the fourth.

In the eighth inning the Mud Hens took a 2-1 lead and held it until the ninth inning when the Bisons climbed back into the game refusing to let a win in the last Friday Night Bash of the season escape them.

The Bisons got their first run in the fourth inning when Lutz demolished Mud Hens starter Fu-Te Ni's only mistake of the night.

"Big crowd tonight, everybody gets to enjoy it, teammates and the fans, and going on the road we get to enjoy it on the bus ride as well," said Pascucci.

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