Valentino Pascucci has always had a flair for the dramatic, and his first home run of the 2009 season proved that the “Italian Bazooka” can deliver a huge blow at the perfect time. Down 3-1 with the bases loaded and two out in the fifth inning of the Isotopes’ game at Omaha on Saturday night, Pascucci looked at two strikes before working the count to 3-2 off of Royals reliever Carlos Rosa. Pascucci took the next pitch from the O-Royals reliever and sent it over the fence in right for an opposite-field grand slam that ended up delivering Albuquerque a 5-4 win.
What is even more strange is that Pascucci’s slam was one of three hit in the Pacific Coast League on Saturday. Reno’s Josh Whitesell hit one vs. Salt Lake and Sacramento’s Sean Doolittle went yard with the bases loaded at Tacoma. Prior to the sudden salami deluge, the only grand slam in the PCL this year belonged to Iowa’s Brad Snyder, who hit one at Round Rock on April 12.
Meanwhile, Albuquerque has one two in a row and you can’t help but get the feeling that this team is starting to gel. Granted, it’s still extremely early, but winning your first two games on the road is always a great start.