Game #14 SWB Yankees (5-8) vs. Rochester (7-7)
Frontier Field, Rochester, NY | Thursday, April 19, 2012 | 7:05 PM
ROCHESTER RED WINGS (7-7)
SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE YANKEES (5-8)
Game # 14 | Home #6
ROC – RH Samuel Deduno (0-0, 3.27) vs. SWB – RH Adam Warren (1-1, 7.45)
Thursday night continues the stretch of 10 straight home games (2-3) for the Yankees and is the fourth of 37 home games (1-2) during the 2012 season the Yankees will play at Frontier Field. SWB wraps up a four game (1-2) “home” 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.
TIME TO MAKE THE DONUTS…
The Yankees shutout the Red Wings 2-0 on Wednesday night behind 8.0 solid innings of two hit pitching from starter D.J. Mitchell. It marked the second time this season that Mitchell has been involved in a blanking of the opposition. Mitchell, Manny Delcarmen and Jason Bulger combined on a one hit shutout of Syracuse on Easter Sunday in a 10-0 SWB win. Wednesday was the fourth time in 13 games the Yankees have been involved in a shutout on one side or the other. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was held scoreless twice in the first three games of the season; opening night at Lehigh Valley (3-0) and April 7th atSyracuse (4-0). SWB and the Gwinnett Braves (4-0) are the only two IL teams to be involved in four shutouts so far in 2012.
MY GLOVE IS GOLDEN…
SWB Yankees third baseman Brandon Laird will be honored in a pregame ceremony at Frontier Field when he is presented with his 2011 Rawlings Gold Glove ®. Laird is one of nine minor league players in 2011 selected to receive the honor, one from each defensive position, for defensive excellence. The award will be present to Laird on the field by Ray Jeffs from Rawlings and International League President Randy Mobley. Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Connor will also be in attendance for Thursday’s game. Laird and the other eight winners will each receive their own Rawlings Gold Glove ® Award modeled after the iconic award given to Major League Baseball’s top defenders. In 2011 Laird had a .968 fielding percentage at third base in 104 games committing just eight errors in 247 total chances.
Adam Warren takes the mound for his third start of the season and looks to continue the momentum from his last outing against Syracuse at Alliance Bank Stadium….Warren picked up his first win of the season tossing a season high 6.2 IP and allowing 2ER on 7H with 2BB and 1K…It was the first win for Warren since a June 20, 2011 victory over the Norfolk Tides, covering 11 starts without a victory…His first start of the season, also against Syracuse was not as impressive. The right hander allowed 6ER on 7H with 4BB and 1K over 3.0 IP in his first start of the season on April 9th at Alliance Bank Stadium…2012 marks Warren’s second consecutive season with SWB. He went 6-8 with a 3.60 ERA in 27 starts in 2011, which led the team. His 3.60 ERA was third best on the team and his 111 K’s was second behind team leader D.J. Mitchell. In five Grapefruit League games (2GS) with the Yankees this spring,Warren went 1-0-1 with a 4.80 ERA in 15.0 IP, allowing 18H, 8R, 8ER with 1BB and 8K’s.
COMINGS AND GOINGS…
Right hander Cody Eppley has been called up to New York by the Yankees and a familiar face to SWB Red Barons fans will fill his spot on the active roster (eventually). The Yankees signed right handed pitcher Nelson Figueroa to a minor league deal and have assigned him to the SWB Yankees roster. Figueroa will begin his second stint with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (and his first with the Yankees) on the temporally inactive list. In 2000 and 2001 he combined to go 8-6 with a 2.95 ERA in 21G (20 GS). Figueroa was in spring training in 2012 with the Toronto Blue Jays appearing in two games with a 0-0 record and a 4.50 ERA. He is 120-80 in his minor league career with a 3.58 ERA and has a 20-35 record in the Major Leagues with a 4.55 ERA in parts of 10 different Major Leagues seasons with the Diamond Backs, Phillies, Brewers, Pirates, Mets and Astros.
YANKEES AND RED WINGS…
Since the Yankees Triple-A affiliate moved to NEPA following the 2006 season, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre holds a 52-31 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 22-21 at Frontier Field inRochester. All time, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is 220-175 vs. the Red Wings with a 98-104 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 inOhio’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 1,603-1,222 record, including a 487-381 mark leading the Yankees top affiliate. Miley has a posted a winning record in 18 of his 20 previous seasons as a minor league manager.
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 upstateNew York. The Yankees will play 37 games at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY, 10 games at Alliance Bank Stadium inSyracuse, 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.
UPCOMING PITCHING PROBABLES vs. NORFOLK TIDES
FRI 7:05 PM / NOR – RH Jason Berken (0-0, 0.00) vs. SWB – RH Ramon Ortiz (0-1, 5.40)
SAT 1:05 PM / NOR – RH Brad Bergesen (0-1, 8.49) vs. SWB – RH Dellin Betances (0-2, 10
SUN 1:05 PM / NOR – RH Chris Tillman (1-2, 4.73) vs. SWB – TBA
MON 12:05 PM / NOR – LH Dana Eveland (1-1, 2.41) vs. SWB – RH D.J. Mitchell (2-0, 2.12)
STARTING LINEUPS (* Left handed / # Switch hitter)
ROCHESTER RED WINGS (7-7)
#2 Ben Revere* – CF
#1 Tsuyoshi Nishioka#- SS
#4 Brian Dozier – 2B
#9 Matt Carson – RF
#35 Aaron Bates – 1B
#13 Rene Rivera – C
#5 J.R. Towles – DH
#23 Mike Hollimon# – 3B
#16 Darin Mastroianni – LF
#31 Samuel Deduno (0-0, 3.57) RHP
SWB YANKEES (5-8)
#51 Ray Kruml* – CF
#3 Francisco Cervelli – C
#10 Dewayne Wise* – LF
#25 Steve Pearce – 1B
#29 Jack Cust* – DH
#8 Brandon Laird – 3B
#9 Colin Curtis* – RF
#12 Doug Bernier – 2B
#19 Ramiro Pena # – SS
#28 Adam Warren (1-1, 7.45) RHP
Umpires: HP – Jon Saphire, 1B – Chad Whitson (CC), 3B – Gerard Ascani
Weather: Mostly clear with temperatures falling rapidly into the low to middle 50s. Winds W at 15 to 20 mph.
PRE GAME AUDIO with Minor League Baseball President PAT O’CONNER