Game 41 – Indianapolis Indians @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees

Good AfternoonYankee fans, Josh Horton here at PNC Field for today’s game against the Indianapolis Indians. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 pm.

Game Notes brought to you by Mike Vander Woude:

HOME STAND CONTINUES…

The Yankees continue their first eight game home stand of the season with game two of a four game series against the Indianapolis Indians on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. After dropping three straight games to Lehigh Valley and the opening game of the series with Indianapolis, SWB trails the first place Iron Pigs in the IL North by 4.0 games. The Indians have now won eight of their last 10. After beating Durham in the final game of a four game series Indy took three of four from Columbus and Buffalo before downing the Yankees in the opening game of the four game series at PNC Field. Overall Indianapolis is 18-25 and trails first place Columbus in the IL West by 10.5 games.

LAST TIME OUT…

For the third consecutive game, the Yankees were able to make up an early deficit only to see victory slip away. Indianapolis jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead off SWB starter D.J. Mitchell (L, 2-3) before the Yankees tied the game at 2-2 on Jesus Montero’s third HR of the season in the bottom of the first inning and then grabbed a 3-2 lead off Indy starter Brian Burres (W, 3-6) on Brandon Laird’s RBI single in the bottom of the fifth. Indianapolis put three on the board in the top of the sixth off Mitchell on a two run double from Jason Jaramillo and a sac fly from Andrew Lambo. Laird’s hit in the fifth inning would be the final on the night for the Yankees who were held hitless and scoreless over the final 4.1 innings by four Indians relievers. Tim Wood (S, 8) pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.

NOW PITCHING FOR THE SWB YANKEES…

Andrew Brackman looks to snap a three game losing streak and tries for his first win since April 24th in the second game of the series with Indy. Over his last three starts, the right hander is 0-3 with a 9.69 ERA and a .436 average against. Brackman has walked 12 and struck out eight over the same stretch that has seen his ERA climb from 5.19 to 6.69. His last time out against Pawtucket at McCoy Stadium he allowed a season high seven runs (six earned) matching his season low with 4.0 IP and his season high with 8H and 5BB. Brackman has been better at PNC Field than on the road with a 4.50 ERA compared to a 7.56 ERA on the road.

YANKEES vs. INDIANS…

Since the Yankees affiliation move to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following the 2006 season, SWB has had great success against Indianapolis winning 22 of 32 games vs. the Indians. The majority of the Yankees success has come at Victory Field in Indianapolis where Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has gone 13-3. At PNC Field SWB has just a slight edge in the series at 9-7. The Yankees took seven of eight in the 2010 series including a four game sweep of the Indians at PNC Field June 12th-15th.

TRYING TO AVOID SWB YANKEES HISTORY…

The Yankees current five game losing streak is the new high water mark of the 2011 season and the team’s first since the 2009 season when the Yankees dropped five straight games on three different occasions (May 9th-13th, May 31st – June 4th and June 22nd – June 25th). The 2009 team had the luxury of a 23-5 start and despite all three five game skids, never fell out of first place during any of the slides. The SWB Yankees record for consecutive losses is six straight set from April 19 – 24, 2007.

RECORD TYING LOSS ….

With a pair of losses to Pawtucket, a three game sweep at the hands of Lehigh Valley and a series opening loss to Indianapolis, the Yankees have dropped six straight games at PNC Field and seven of eight in the month of May. The six straight losses by the Yankees at PNC Field is the longest home losing streak since the Yankees began play in Moosic in 2007. SWB needs a win on Sunday to avoid tying the all time franchise mark for consecutive home losses at seven which was set on two different occasions by the Red Barons from August 8 – September 1, 1990 and April 23 – May 15 1991.

BIG SHOES TO FILL…

Jorge Vazquez is out of the lineup for the second consecutive game with a bruised hand suffered in an at bat on Friday night against Lehigh Valley when he was hit by an Eddie Bonine pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning. With Vazquez out of the lineup, the offense is missing; 37% of its home runs, 25% of its RBI’s, 15% of its runs scored and 14% of its hits.

THE ROAD IS WHERE THE OFFENSE IS…

Through the first 16 games of the season at PNC Field, the Yankees are hitting .235 and are averaging 3.7 runs per game. SWB has scored 59 runs in those 16 games and has hit 16 homers driven in 54 runs. The offense has been much more productive away from home hitting 31 points higher at .269 and averaging 5.1 runs per game. The Yankees have hit close double the number of homers at 30 and more than doubled the number of RBI’s at 110.

MAY SHOWERS…

At 7-10 thus far in the month of May and with nine games remaining until the calendar hits June, the Yankees need to win eight of nine games remaining in the month to avoid having the fewest wins in May for an SWB Yankees team. After beginning the 2009 season at 17-3, SWB went 15-15 in the month of May for the fewest wins and most losses in SWB Yankees history. The last time an SWB team had a losing May was in 2006 when the Red Barons went 13-15.

YANKEE DOODLES…

Even if the Yankees win the final three games against Indy, the team will have its first losing home stand of at least eight games since going 5-6 on a 11 game 10 day stand from July 10-22, 2010…The Yankees outfield continues to throw out would be advancers on the base paths getting an OF assist from Austin Krum on Saturday night. As a group the SWB OF has 15 outfield assists on the season… After beginning the season 3-34 (0.88) Kevin Russo is hitting .272 (27-99)…With Saturday’s loss going to starter D.J. Mitchell Yankees starting pitchers are now 10-13 and have not won a decision since May 14th…When the Yankees out hit the opposition they are 17-4 when the opponent gets the same number or more hits than SWB the team is 4-15.

Today’s Lineups

Indianapolis Indians (19-25)

#19 Chase D’Arnaud SS
#6 Josh Harrison 2B
#7 Alex Presley # LF
#23 John Bowker* RF
#26 Matt Hague 1B
#25 Andy Marte 3B
#15 Dusty Brown C
#24 Andrew Lambo DH
#13 Gorkys Hernandez

#45 Justin Wilson LHP

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (21-19)

#13 Austin Krum CF
#19 Ramiro Pena SS
#21 Jesus Montero DH
#44 Justin Maxwell LF
#10 Brandon Laird 1B
#5 Kevin Russo 3B
#3 Dan Brewer RF
#15 Luis Nunez 2B
#48 Gustavo Molina C

#40 Andrew Brackman RHP

First Pitch 1:05, Game Time Temperature 71 degrees.

Update 1:08 - Indians take an early 1-0 lead. With runners on second and third, Alex Presley roped a single to right field allowing D’Arnaud to score from third. Indians now have runners on the corners with nobody out.

Update 1:12 - Just you’re everyday 1-2-5-4 double play. All of a sudden the Indians have just one runner on first base and the score still just 1-0. Brackman could get out of this inning with only minimal damage.

Update 1:14 - Nice diving play by Kevin Russo at third to end the inning. Indians get just one run in the inning. It could have been much worse.

Update 1:18 - Ramiro Pena ropes a one out double to left-centerfield. Jesus Montero to the plate.

Update 1:22 – Clutch hitting for Justin Maxwell. He doubles down the right field line and Pena scores from second. Laird to the plate with two outs and a tie ball game.

Update 1:23 - Brandon Laird grounds out up the middle to end the inning. The Indianapolis Indians executed the shift and the inning is over.

Update 1:28 - Andy Marte grounds into a 4-6-3 double play. Andrew Lambo now at the plate with two outs in the inning and nobody on base.

Update 1:30 - Andrew Brackman strikes out Lambo to end the inning. The score remains 1-0.

Update 1:38 - Gustavo Molina roped an RBI double to left-centerfield. Brewer scores easily from third and Luis Nunez appeared to have scored from first. However, the Indians appealed saying Nunez missed third base and they were right. Therefore the score is 2-1 Yankees after two innings of play. There was no argument from the Yankee dugout so I guess he missed it.

Update 1:47 - Alex Presley ties the game at 2-2 with and RBI double to center field.

Update 1:49 - Brackman strikes out Bowker to end the inning. Ramiro Pena will lead things off for the Yankees in the bottom half of the third inning.

Update 1:52 - Another single for Pena, this time right back up the middle and into centerfield.

Update 1:54 - Maxwell grounds out to end the inning. He was hustling the whole way and nearly beat it out for an infield single. Matt Hague will lead things off for the Indians in the top of the fourth inning.

Update 2:02 - Big strikeout for Andrew Brackman. Indians strand a runner on third base in the top half of the fourth inning.

Update 2:07 - Dan Brewer grounds out to shortstop to end the fourth inning.

Update 2:12 - Andrew Brackman allowed has allowed the leadoff man to reach in the past 11 innings on the bump.

Update 2:16 - The Indians leave a runner on third base yet again in the top of the firth inning. Luis Nunez will lead things off for the Yankees.

Update 2:22 - Austin Krum strikes out for the third time tonight and the inning is over.

Update 2:25 - Andrew Brackman retires a leadoff hitter for the first time in 11 innings. Bowker grounded out to Nunez.

Update 2:29 - Andy Marte rips a two-run homer over the left field wall to give the Indians a 4-2 lead in the top of the sixth inning.

Update 2:32 - Andrew Lambo hits a pop fly through the clouds, Nunez catches it and the inning is over.

Update 2:41 – With runners on the corners, Justin Maxwell grounds to shortstop. Ramiro Pena scores from third, Montero out at second, Maxwell safe at first. Brandon Laird now up with one out in the inning.

Update 2:42 - Maxwell steals second then advances to third on a sacrifice fly to centerfield off the bat of Brandon Laird. Kevin Russo at the plate for the Yankees with two outs in the inning.

Update 2:45 - Kevin Russo delivers with a triple down the right field line. Maxwell could have crawled home from third. The game is now tied at 4-4.

Update 2:46 - Dan Brewer fouls out to the first baseman to end the inning.

Update 2:49 - Ryan Pope is in for the Yankees. Brackman’s day is over after six innings.

Update 2:57 - Triple down the right field line by Alex Presley. Harrison scores from first after being hit by the pitch. Two outs in the inning and John Bowker at the plate.

Update 3:00 - John Bowker draws a walk. Indians now have runners on the corners with Matt Hague at the plate.

Update 3:01 - Hague grounds out to shortstop to end the inning. Indians lead 5-4.

Update 3:08 - Austin Krum singled to right field. The Yankees now have runners on first and second with one out in the inning. Tony Watson replaces Justin WIlson on the mound for the Indians. Ramiro Pena is up for the Indians. He has reached base all three times he has come to the plate, two singles and a walk.

Update 3:11 - Ramiro Pena goes down looking. Jesus Montero to the plate with two outs in the inning.

Update 3:14 - Montero flies out to right field to end the inning.

Update 3:15 - Eric Wordekemper will be the new Scranton/Wilkes-Barre pitcher.

Update 3:23 - Hernandez lines out to end the inning. Justin Maxwell due up for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Update 3:34 – Brewer strikes out to end the inning. Russo is stranded at second after singling and stealing second base. To the top of the ninth we go.

Update 3:48 - Unbelievable full extension diving play by Krum and a nice jumping grab by Pena to end the inning. Luis Nunez is up for the Yankees in the bottom of the ninth. Yankees trail 5-4.

Update 3:53 - Austin Krum lines out to right field. Game over Yankees lose 5-4.

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