Game #12 SWB Yankees (4-7) vs. Rochester (6-6)

Frontier Field, Rochester, NY | Tuesday, April 17, 2012 | 7:05 PM

           ROCHESTER RED WINGS (6-6)

Game # 12 | Home #4

ROC – RH Daryl Thompson (0-2, 4.00) vs. SWB – LH Mike O’Connor (0-0, 1.93)

Tuesday night continues the stretch of 10 straight home games (1-2) for the Yankees and is the second of 37 home games (0-1) during the 2012 season the Yankees will play at Frontier Field.  SWB continues a four game series with the Rochester Red Wings before continuing the “home stand” with four against the Norfolk Tides at Dwyer Stadium inBatavia beginning on Friday night.  The Yankees split a pair of games (1-1) with Syracuse at Alliance Bank Stadium winning the 2012 “home opener” on Saturday 6-3 before dropping Sunday’s wrap up game to the Chiefs 7-2.

The Red Wings sent nine men to the plate in the top of the fifth inning scoring four runs on four hits and two SWB Yankees walks.  The full trip (or close to it) through the opposition’s line up in one inning is nothing new for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre pitchers.  Monday’s occurrence marked the sixth time in 11 games this season that the opposition has sent eight or more men to the plate in a single inning.  Buffalo has had the lengthiest and most damaging inning this season sending 12 men to the dish in a seven run, five hit inning bottom of the fourth inning on April 11th.

With Mike O’Connor making his first start and not being “stretched out” the Yankees will most likely need to count on the bullpen again on Tuesday night.  Through 11 games in 2012, the starting rotation has given Scranton/Wilkes-Barre just 42.0 innings of work, averaging just under 4.0 IP per start with Adam Warren turning in the long game at 6.2 innings.  The Yankees have had just three pitchers make in through the fifth inning.  The bullpen has logged 52.0 innings in those 11 games averaging close to 5.0 IP per game. For the season the starters ERA is 7.29 (42.0 IP / 34ER) while the bullpen ERA sits at 2.77 (52.0 IP / 16ER)

Mike O’Connor gets the start in game two of the four game series for the Yankees on Tuesday night, stepping into the rotation spot vacated when Scranton/Wilkes-Barre placed Manny Banuelos on the DL…O’Connor has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen for the Yankees so far in 2012 appearing in 3G with a 0-0 record and a 1.93 ERA…In 2011, the southpaw has been tough on right handed batters holding them to a .077 (1-13) average…Tuesday will be O’Connor’s first start in a regular season game since September 3, 2009 when he was a member of the Omaha Royals pitching against the Iowa Cubs…O’Connor made a career high 51 appearances in 2010 with Buffalo going 5-2 with a 2.67 ERA…In 2011 he once again began the season with the Bisons before a May 4th call up to the NY Mets…O’Connor went 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 9G with the Mets and 5-5 with a 5.22 ERA in 39G with Buffalo.

Dewayne Wise has been named the International League’s “Batter of the Week” for the week ending April 15th.  Wise who started the season on the temporarily inactive list to be with his fiancée while she gave birth quickly made up for lost time.  He led the International League with a .458 average was second with three home runs, seven runs scored and a 1.042 slugging percentage.  The week for Wise included extra base hits in five straight games (five doubles and three homers) and three multi-hit games (two three hit and a four hit effort).

Since the Yankees Triple-A affiliate moved to Northeast Pennsylvania following the 2006 season, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre holds a 51-30 advantage in head-to-head matchups with Rochester.  The Yankees have a 30-10 record at PNC Field vs. the Wings and over the same stretch are 21-20 at Frontier Field in Rochester.  All time, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is 219-174 vs. the Red Wings with a 97-103 mark on the Wings home turf.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Manager Dave Miley picked up the 1,600th win of his minor league managerial career in the Yankees 7-2 win over Buffalo on April 12th.  Miley is in his seventh season as the manager of the Yankees Triple-A team, taking the helm as the manager of the Columbus Clippers in the Yankees final season in Ohio’s capital city (2006). He has been the only manager the SWB Yankees have had in their six year history.  In 21 seasons managing in the minor leagues, Miley has compiled a 1,601-1,221 (.567) record, including a 486-381 (.561) mark leading the Yankees top affiliate.

The Yankees will play the entire 2012 schedule on the road while their home stadium PNC Field is slated to undergo a $40 million renovation project.  SWB will play “home” games in six different venues during the 2012 season, with the majority of their games being played in upstateNew   York.  The Yankees will play 37 games at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY, 10 games at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse, NY, eight games at Coca-ColaPark in Allentown, PA seven games at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, NY, six games at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY and four at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI.

Starting Lineups – * left handed / # switch hitter

#2 Ben Revere* – LF
#1 Tsuyoshi Nishioka – 2B
#4 Brian Dozier – SS
#7 Matt Carson – RF
#15 Joe Benson – CF
#13 Rene Rivera – 1B
#35 Aaron Bates – DH
#22 Ray Chang – 3B
#11 Drew Butera – C

#30 Daryl Thompson (0-2, 4.00) – RHP


#7 Kevin Russo – LF
#19 Ramiro Pena# – SS
#25 Steve Pearce – 1B
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#9 Colin Curtis* – RF
#8 Brandon Laird – 3B
#51 Ray Kruml* – CF
#12 Doug Bernier – 2B

#45 Mike O’Connor (0-0, 1.93)

Umpires: HP – Chad Whitson, 1B Gerard Ascani, 3B – Jon Saphire

Weather: Partly cloudy with temperatures slowly falling to near 42F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.

Pre Game Audio with Rochester Red Wings General Manager Dan Mason


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Thank You Mr. Mason for making the Empire State Yankees as comfortable as possible considering the situation. Let ‘s hope the officals in charge of getting the Scranton Wilkes/ Barre Yankees stadium remodeled for the 2013 season are as efficient.

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