Game #13 SWB Yankees (4-8) vs. Rochester (7-6)
Frontier Field, Rochester, NY | Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | 7:05 PM
ROCHESTER RED WINGS (6-7)
SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE YANKEES (4-8)
Game # 13 | Home #5
ROC – RH Cole DeVries (0-0, 3.12) vs. SWB – RH D.J. Mitchell (1-0, 4.00)
Wednesday night continues the stretch of 10 straight home games (1-3) for the Yankees and is the second of 37 home games (0-2) 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 in Batavia 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.
D.J. Mitchell looks to run his record to 2-0 in his third start of the season in the third game of the series vs. Rochester… Mitchell limited the Syracuse Chiefs to 1H and 0R over 5.0 innings with 1BB and 4K’s on 61 pitches in his opening start of 2012…In his second start of the year at Buffalo, the right hander allowed 5H and 4ER over 4.0 innings of work… Mitchell faced two batters in the Bisons fifth inning before giving way to Chase Whitley…Mitchell led the SWB staff in 2011 with 13 wins, 112K’s and a 3.18 ERA….He also led the IL with two shutouts and was tied for first with Zach McAlister of Columbus with three complete games…A converted outfielder while at Clemson University in 2007 Mitchell was an eighth round selection of the Yankees in 2008…The right hander battled for a relief spot on the NY opening day roster putting up solid spring training numbers for the big league club posting a 2-1 record with a 2.60 ERA in seven relief appearances…Mitchell allowed 12H and 5ER in 17.1 spring training innings with 9BB, 13K’s and a .200 average against.
FOUR UNDER FIVE HUNDRED
At 4-8 through 12 games this season Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is four games under .500 for the first time ever as the Yankees dating back to 2007, the first year of the current affiliation with New York. The 2007 SWB Yankees sat at 7-10 losses, three under .500, following an April 24th loss at PNC Field to the Ottawa Lynx. The last time a Yankees Triple-A affiliate was four games under .500 was the 2006 Columbus Clippers team managed by Dave Miley who dropped to 6-10 on April 21st following a four game sweep at the hands of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at then Lackawanna County Stadium.
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).
YANKEES AND RED WINGS…
Since the Yankees Triple-A affiliate moved to Northeast Pennsylvania following the 2006 season, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre holds a 51-31 advantage in head-to-head matchups withRochester. The Yankees have a 30-10 record at PNC Field vs. the Wings and over the same stretch are tied up 21-21 at Frontier Field in Rochester. All time, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is 219-175 vs. the Red Wings with a 97-104 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 1,601-1,222 (.567) record, including a 486-382 (.561) mark leading the Yankees top affiliate.
A SEASON UNLIKE ANY OTHER…
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 upstate New 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-Cola Park in Allentown, PA seven games at Dwyer Stadium inBatavia, NY, six games at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY and four at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI.
STARTING LINEUPS April 18th (*left handed / # switch hitter)
ROCHESTER REDWINGS (7-6)
#2 Ben Revere* – RF
#1 Tsuyoshi Nishioka# – 2B
#4 Brian Dozier – SS
#7 Matt Carson – DH
#15 Joe Benson – CF
#44 Matt Rizzotti* – 1B
#22 Ray Chang – 3B
#16 Darin Mastroianni
#11 Drew Butera
#21 Cole DeVries (0-0, 3.12) RHP
SWB YANKEES (4-8)
#51 Ray Kruml* – LF
#12 Doug Bernier – SS
#10 Dewyane Wise* – CF
#25 Steve Pearce – 1B
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#7 Kevin Russo – 3B
#9 Colin Curtis* – RF
#15 Craig Tatum – C
#19 Ramiro Pena# – 2B
#21 D.J. Mitchell (1-0, 4.00) RHP
Umpires: HP Gerard Ascani, 1B Jon Saphire, 3B – Chad Whitson
Weather: Mostly sunny with temperatures slowly falling to near 45F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph.
Pre Game Audio with former SWB Yankee and current Rochester Red Wings outfielder MATT CARSON