Game 42 — Indianapolis Indians @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees

Good evening Yankee fans, Shawn Murnin here at PNC Field for tonight’s game against the Indianapolis Indians. Tonight’s first pitch is scheduled to be thrown at 6:35 PM.

Game Note brought to you by Mike Vander Woude:

HOME STAND CONTINUES…

The Yankees continue their first eight game home stand of the season with game three 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 first two games of the series with Indianapolis, SWB trails the first place Iron Pigs in the IL North by 5.0 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 20-25 and trails first place Columbus in the IL West by 10.5 games.

LAST TIME OUT…
The Yankees grabbed their first lead in Monday night’s game at 2-1 in the bottom of the second inning but couldn’t make it stand up as the Indians tied the game in the third inning and then grabbed a two run lead in the sixth and eventually handed the Yankees their sixth consecutive loss with a 5-4 win at PNC Field. Andrew Brackman (ND) allowed 4ER in his 6.0 innings of work and left the game with no decisions after SWB picked up a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 4-4. The Indians picked up the game winning run off reliever Ryan Pope (L, 1-1) in the top of the seventh on an RBI triple by Alex Presley, who drove home three in the game. Indians starter Justin Wilson (W, 5-3) picked up his fifth win of the season and Cesar Valdez (S,1) pitched a perfect ninth for his first save of the season.

NOW PITCHING FOR THE SWB YANKEES…

The Yankees will turn to right hander David Phelps to try and snap the team’s season high six game losing streak in game
three of the four game series against Indianapolis on Monday night. Phelps is 2-4 on the season and lost his last time out to Lehigh Valley at PNC Field on May 17th. The right hander has never lost more than four games in any season as a pro and his four losses with SWB this season is the most he has had with any one team. Against the Pigs, Phelps lasted a season low 4.0 innings allowing 4ER with a season high 3BB. The Yankees are 4-4 in Phelps’ eight starts in 2011.

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 33 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 9-8. 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 losing streak of six in a row ties the 2007 SWB Yankees team for the longest losing streak in team history. The inaugural season club dropped six straight games from April 19-24, 2007. The all time SWB franchise mark is held by the 1990 Red Barons team that dropped 10 straight games from August 18th-26th.

TRYING TO AVOID SWB HISTORY ….

With a pair of losses to Pawtucket, a three game sweep at the hands of Lehigh Valley and back-to-back losses to Indianapolis, the Yankees have dropped seven straight games at PNC Field and eight of nine at home in the month of May. The seven straight losses by the Yankees at PNC Field is the longest home losing streak since the Yankees began play in Moosic in 2007. With Sunday afternoon’s 5-4 loss to the Indians, the Yankees have tied the all time franchise mark for consecutive home losses which was previously set on two different occasions by the Red Barons from August 8 – September 1, 1990 and April 23 – May 15 1991.

DIGGING A HOLE AND HOPING HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF…

Heading into action on Monday night, the Yankees trail first place Lehigh Valley in the IL North by 5.0 games sitting in a second place tie with the Pawtucket Red Sox. The deficit is the largest that the team has faced since the 2008 season when they trailed first place Pawtucket by 5.0 games on July 10, 2008 following a 7-3 Yankees win at Columbus and a 3-2 11 inning loss by the Paw Sox at Norfolk. The Yankees would go on to win the IL North over Pawtucket by 2.5 games making up the deficit over the next 23 games following July 10th by posting an 18-5 record.

MAY SHOWERS…
The Yankees are 7-11 in the month of May on the heels of a 14-9 April that had the Yankees in first place in the IL North to end the first month of the 2011 season. The reason for the May slide is two fold as both the Yankees hitters and pitchers have not been keeping pace with their opening month numbers. In April the Yankees hit .269 and scored 102 runs for an average of 4.4 per game. In the first 18 games of May, SWB is hitting .243 as a team and have scored 83 runs averaging slightly more per game with a 4.6 average. The pitchers in April have a team ERA of 3.43 and a batting average against of .240. In May the team ERA has increased to 4.11 and the average against

Tonight Lineups:

Indianapolis Indians (20-25)

#6 Josh Harrison 2B

#13 Gorkys Hernandez CF

#7 Alex Presley LF

#23 John Bowker RF

#26 Matt Hague 1B

#25 Andy Marte 3B

#15 Dusty Brown C

#44 Wyatt Toregas DH

#3 Greg Picart SS

#31 Brad Lincoln SP

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (21-20)

#13 Austin Krum LF

#19 Ramiro Pena SS

#21 Jesus Montero C

#38 Jorge Vazquez 1B

#44 Justin Maxwell CF

#10 Brandon Laird 3B

#5 Kevin Russo 2B

#3 Dan Brewer RF

#48 Gustavo Molina DH

#35 David Phelps SP

Update 6:20: First pitch to be announced. The tarp is out at PNC field.

Update 6:46 – Still in a delay here, will keep you posted.

Update 7:24  -  Rain is coming down in sheets here as we’re still in a delay.

Update 7:48 – It has just been announced that the tentative starting time of tonight’s game will be 8:20 PM.

First Pitch 8:23 , Game Time Temperature 64 degrees

Update 8:24 – Leadoff hitter Josh Harrison grounds out, while Gorkys Hernandez bunts down the third base line to leg out an infield single.

Update 8:26 – David Phelps picks off Gorkys Hernandez, and then gets a ground ball out from Alex Presley to end the inning. The Indians get one hit in the inning as we head into the bottom of the first with Austin Krum due up for the Yanks.

Update 8:29- Krum works a lead off walk for the yanks with Pena up next.

Update 8:31 – Ramiro Pena singles, as the Yankees have runners on first and second with no outs.

Update 8:33 – Jesus Montero grounds into a 6-4-3 double play. Austin Krum moves to third base with two down in the bottom of the first.

Update 8:36 – Jorge Vazquez strikes out to end the inning with Krum left on 3rd base. John Bowker is due up for the Indians to start the 2nd inning. Score 0-0.

Update 8:39- Bowker grounds out to first for the first out of the inning.

Update 8:42 – With Matt Hague on first base (single), Andy Marte singles with one out. Indians have runners on first and second with Dusty Brown due up.

Update 8:45 – Dusty Brown grounds into an inning ending 5-4-3 double play. Justin Maxwell is due up for the Yankees in the bottom of the inning.

Update 8:49 – After Justin Maxwell reaches on a single, he takes off on the first pitch to steal second base.

Update 8:50 -Brandon Laird grounds out to second base, but moves Maxwell to third base with 1 out.

Update 8:51 – Kevin Russo hits a ground ball to second base that scores Maxwell from third who just gets under the tag of Dusty Brown. Russo reaches on a fielder’s choice.

Update 8:58 -  Dan Brewer reaches, but is out after Gustavo Molina hits a ground ball. Brewer breaks up the play at first base, and Russo scores on the subsequent wild throw from Indians SS Greg Picart. Yankees up 2-0.

Update 9:00 – Lincoln logs his second strikeout of the night against Ramiro Pena. The Yankees 2 runs as we head to the top of the 3rd. Wyatt Toregas due up for the Indians.

Update 9:07  – After Toregas reaches with a walk, Greg Picart lays down a bunt to move him over. Picart is thrown out at first.

Update 9:08 – Josh Harrison is robbed of a hit after Justin Maxwell makes a great sliding catch in Center Field. Indians down to their last out of the inning.

Update 9:11 – Gorkys Hernandez grounds out to first base to make the final out of the inning.

Update 9:13 – Jesus Montero rockets a single into center field with Jorge Vazquez due up.

Update 9:20 – After the Montero single, Vazquez strikes out and Maxwell Flies out to right field. Laird gets a two out single. Runners on first and second.

Update 9:21 – Russo flies out to center to end the inning. Presley will lead off the 4th for the Indians.

Update 9:28 – Presley leads off with a fly out, but Bowker and Hauge reach before Marte Flies out to center. Indians have runners on first and second with two outs in the inning.

Update 9:29 – Dusty Brown flew out to end the threat here in the 4th. Yankees up 2-0 with Dan Brewer set to lead off the bottom of the inning.

Update 9:32 – Dan Brewer strikes out to lead off the inning.

Update 9:35 – Gustavo Molina grounds out to make the second out of the inning and then Krum strikes out looking to end the inning. Wyatt Toregas due up for Indianapolis to lead off the 5th. Score still 2-0 here at PNC Field.

Update 9:43 – Phelps gets the Indians in order, striking out Josh Harrison to end the top of the 5th. Ramiro Pena is due up in the bottom of the inning.

Update 9:46 – Pena flies out to left field to bring up Jesus Montero.

Update 9:47 – Montero strikes out, and is thrown out at first by the catcher. Vazquez comes up and hits a fly ball to center field to end the inning. Gorkys Hernandez due up for the Indians going into the 6th Inning.

Update 9:54 – After striking out Gorkys Hernandez, Phelps gives up an inside-the-park home run to Alex Presley. Yankees still up 2-1.

Update 9:58 -  David Phelps maintains his composure, and strikes out John Bowker. Matt Hague then comes up and smacks a double into the right center gap, bringing up Andy Marte with 2 out.

Update 10:01 – Andy Marte grounds out to third to end the inning, but not before the damage is done. The Indians score on an inside-the-park home run from Alex Presley, bringing Indianapolis within 1 run. Yankees lead 2-1 with Maxwell, Laird, and Russo due up.

Update 10:07 – Yankees go down in order this inning. Brown, Toregas, and Picart will lead off the 7th for the Indians, as they trail 2-1.

Update 10:12 -  Phelps retires the Indians in order, only throwing 9 pitches. Yankees send Brewer to bat here in the seventh with a one-run lead.

Update 10:15 – The Indians dip into the bullpen, calling on right hander Chris Leroux to start off the 7th.

Update 10:17 – Indian’s first baseman Matt Hague makes an over-the-shoulder catch to retire Dan Brewer for the first out of the inning.

Update 10:20 – Leroux retires the Yanks in order. Phelps returns to the mound for the 8th inning. Yankees still in the lead 2-1.

Update 10:25 – Josh Harrison singles, and then is moved over by a Gorkys Hernandez sacrifice bunt. That will end Phelp’s day, as the Yankees bring in #29 Randy Flores.

Update 10:28 – Flores gets out of the inning by retiring Presley and Bowker with Harrison left stranded at third. We head into the bottom of the 8th, with the Yanks on top 2-1.

Update 10:32 – Here’s David Phelp’s line for the night: 7.1 IP 8H 1R 1ER 1BB 4K 1HR 3.35 ERA

Update 10:35 – Leroux retires Pena and Montero via ground out, and Strikes out Jorge Vazquez to retire the side. We go into the top of the ninth, with the Yankees up 2-1. The Indians will send Hague, Marte, and Brown to the plate to face Kevin Whelan.

Update 10:38 – Flores leaves the game pitching 0.2 innings, with zeros across the board. This comes just as Kevin Russo makes a diving play to retire Hague.

Update 10:40 – Whelan strikes out Andy Marte and Dusty brown lines out to center field to end the game. Yankees win 2-1.

WP- David Phelps (3-4)

LP- Brad Lincoln (4-4)

Save- Kevin Whelan

Join us tomorrow for a special 10:35 AM start for the final game of the series between the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and Indianapolis Indians.

-Shawn

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