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Photo Gallery | HR Derby Title Belongs to Buffalo’s Pascucci

It took him a little while to get his bat warmed up, but when he did, Buffalo Bisons outfielder and Triple-A All-Star Game representative Valentino Pascucci electrified Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo.

After barely escaping the first round of the Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby on July 9, Buffalo’s hometown hero finally let his bat do the talking, launching monster shot after monster shot high into — and over — the left field screen. Pascucci bested Charlotte’s Dan Johnson in the third and final round to take home the trophy and send Buffalo baseball fans home very happy. Earning top honors in the Celebrity Home Run Derby was New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, a Western New York native.

Pascucci stayed hot in Wednesday night’s All-Star Game, recording a double and three walks. It wasn’t enough to help his International League squad, however, as they fell to the Pacific Coast League team by a 3-0 score.


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