Posted by Mack Ade at 7:00 AM
Ray Kruml and Brandon Laird each had two-run doubles to power the Yankees to a 7-2 victory on Thursday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field.
While only three of the 10 free passes issued by Bisons pitching came around to score, it was enough for a Yankee win. Starter Chris Schwinden (1-1) issued five of the free passes in four innings to suffer his first defeat of the season.
Walks to Laird and Colin Curtis in the second inning helped Scranton/Wilkes-Barre load the bases with only one out. Ramiro Pena singled home the first Yankee run to cut into an early 2-0 Bisons' advantage. Kruml then followed with a double down the left-field line to give the Yanks a 3-2 edge.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre increased their lead with a Steven Pearce solo home run off reliever Daniel Herrera in the fifth inning. The Yankees scored three more on three hits and three walks in the seventh inning. One of those hits was Laird's two-run double off the left field wall.
While the 10 walks issued by the Bisons fell four shy of the modern era record, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's Curtis got himself in the books as only the second opponent to be issued five base-on-balls. The only other player to walk five times against the Herd was New Orlean Zephyr Todd Haney on August 5, 1997.
Curtis finished the game without an official at-bat, going 0-0 with five walks and run scored.
The Bisons had a chance to break the game open early but left the bases loaded in both the first and second inning. Zach Lutz singled home one of the team's two runs to extend his hit streak to seven games.
BISONS NOTES:Valentin0 Pascucci and Josh Satin each walked twice for the Bisons...Vinny Rottino drove home the Bisons first run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the first inning...The Bisons bullpen gave up four runs today after allowing five total in the first seven games of the season.